Renault Kwid has set the small car segment on fire with its radical looks and butch appeal, previously unseen in the market. Small car affordability with the appeal of an SUV and the result is there for all to see. The Kwid has garnered tremendous response, accumulating sales of more than 90,000 units in a mere four months since launch. In order to keep the model fresh and appealing to customers, Renault has showcased two concepts with distinctive appeal to judge the crowd response. Based on the feedback, some of these elements may be incorporated into production as a different variant.
Renault Kwid Climber concept:
The Climber is portrayed as a serious off-roader that is meant to be taken off the beaten track. The exterior represents the intent of this car well and bears all the qualities that are expected in an off-road vehicle. These are high ground clearance, wide track and short overhangs. Front carries a skid plate and protective armour on the bumper and around the fog lamps and headlights. Flanks are beefed up with wheel arch extensions, lower body cladding and diamond-effect wheels shod with special off-road tyres. At the back, further protection is given to the bumper and tail lights with a tough skid plate completing the description. Electric Blue highlights provide an interesting contrast to the paint scheme and dull plastic cladding.
Renault Kwid Racer concept:
A completely different model compared to the Climber. The Racer, as the name suggests, is meant for racing and high-performance driving. The exterior, finished in metallic blue, contains many aerodynamic features like a wide air intake, front and rear spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, fender air vents and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tyres. Red accents on the grille, flared fenders and diffuser are other noteworthy details. The automaker’s new design strategy is also reflected in the C-shaped LED DRLs.
The interior has a sporty Titane Black trim, which is contrasted with anodized red accents. The cabin gets a mix of various materials like alcantara, aluminium and carbon; the leather-wrapped steering wheel uses a racing-optimised alloy frame. Bucket seats with four-point harness, roll cage and a digital rev counter also take their inspiration from racing. On-track driving performance can be evaluated from the central touchscreen which displays telemetry data in real time.
Laurens Van Den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design said this at the unveiling, “Renault KWID blends an emotional design with the need for reassurance expressed by customers. Its SUV lines mirror its tough, robust character and underpin its distinctive, modern look. Both of the show cars are based on the Renault KWID platform. The front end is distinctive and immediately recognisable as a Renault.”
Renault Kwid Racer concept- Image Gallery