Renault Kwid Climber comes with several cosmetic updates, additional colours and contrast interior trims; available only in top-spec RXT (O)
Renault in India has banked big on the Kwid once again as it has been tremendously well received by customers. Renault sold over 1,30,000 units of Kwid within 16 months of its launch. The small hatch is a one-of-a-kind offering from the brand in the market and hence it is on the track for more success. The French car maker has planned to do more by not just selling the normal variants alone but wanted to introduce a youthful presence by making the Kwid look more unique.
We saw at the regular model’s launch back in September 2015 on what kind of option showrooms might have for Kwid to make it stand apart. To make things even better, Renault showcased two more concepts – Kwid Climber and Kwid Racer at Auto Expo 2016. We already said that both are coming to elevate Kwid’s appeal another step higher. The Kwid Climber fits the needs perfectly and it has been launched in India after more than a year of waiting.
However, it has arrived with so many changes in contrast to what we have seen at the motoring exhibition. Renault gathered plenty of attention at the Auto Expo due to Kwid Racer and Kwid Climber and both sporty concepts displayed the highest degree in which the Kwid small hatchback can be customised. It was a cross variant and had SUV design elements on it.
The Climber featured roof rails, more pronounced cladding, skid plates, diffuser, etc to make it real when it comes to joining that Climber name to the car. The Renault Kwid Climber concept stood tall and added an SUV-ish presence just like the standard model. It had increased ground clearance, enlarged set of wheels, wider track and short overhangs that ensured the off-roading capability of the small car.
But its production version though is conventional and on a nutshell can be called as a fresh cosmetic update of the standard Kwid. Following the Climber, Renault may pitch the new Kwid offerings aggressively and bring a new trend in factory customisation especially with the arrival of Maruti Suzuki’s i create personalisation and the Ignis carrying loads of options to customise.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Kwid Climber:
Renault Kwid Climber India Price
|Renault Kwid Climber 1.0L MT Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)||Rs 4.30 Lakh|
|Renault Kwid Climber 1.0L AMT Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs. 4.60 Lakh|
The manual transmission equipped 1.0L version of Renault Kwid Climber has been launched in India at an introductory price of Rs. 4.30 Lakh while its 1.0L Easy-R AMT counterpart is priced at Rs. 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). It is available only in the top-end RxT (O) trim and comes with a premium of about Rs. 25,000 over its MT and AMT siblings. Bookings have begun across all Renault dealerships in India.
|Engine Displacement||1.0L SCe three-pot petrol|
|Max. Power||67 bhp at 5,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||91 Nm at 4,250 rpm|
|Gearbox||five-speed manual and five-speed Easy-R AMT|
|Suspension||MacPherson strut with lower traversing link up front/ twist beam suspension with coil spring at rear|
|Brakes||Front disc/Rear drum|
No change on mechanical front as the Climber retains the same performance figures as the standard 1.0L model. The 1.0-litre SCe all aluminum DOHC three-cylinder petrol engine produces a maximum power output of 67 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,250 rpm.
It is being mated to a five-speed Easy-R AMT sending power to the front wheels on the range-topping trim while the base Climber sticks with the five-speed manual transmission. Stopping power is dealt by front disc and rear drum brakes while MacPherson strut with lower traversing link does suspension duty up front and at the rear the potholes are absorbed by twist beam suspension with coil springs.
Renault Kwid Climber Top Speed
|Top Speed||130-135 kmph|
As no mechanical changes are involved, the Kwid Climber will have the top speed as similar to the standard model. Expect it to be around 130 to 135 kmph.
|Mileage 1.0L MT||23.01 kmpl|
|Mileage 1.0L AMT||24.04 kmpl|
The Renault Kwid Climber is being offered in both manual and AMT trims and as expected it will have no revised fuel consumption as well. The Kwid Climber MT has a claimed fuel economy of 23.01 kmpl while the more fuel efficient Easy-R AMT is rated by ARAI to return 24.04 kmpl mileage.
Renault Kwid Climber Exterior
Designed and developed by Renault’s design studios in Mumbai and Chennai, the Kwid Climber will be pivotal in the brand’s hope of 1,50,000 units by the end of March 2017. Renault Kwid is a huge success in the market due to its highly appealing exterior that brings some sort of SUV credits to the design. We must say it has only been upped by a few notches thanks to the changes made on the climber variant – although we would have expected a wheel arch extensions highlighted in electric blue and special protection for all-terrain outlook as in the concept model.
The Climber is the first Kwid to get a set of six spoke alloy wheels. Along with the standard equipment on the top end RxT (O), the Climber comprises of as much as 17 new features including body cladding around fog lamps that accentuates the front fascia, front bumper with orange painted lower plate, orange painted Outside Rear View Mirrors, new alloy wheels and roof rails. Additionally a new metallic blue colour scheme introduced on the Racer has been made available as well.
Renault Kwid Climber Dimensions
As for the dimensions, the Climber remains identical to the standard Kwid with an overall length of 3,679 mm, width of 1,579 mm, height of 1,478 mm and a decent interior space offering wheelbase length of 2,422 mm. It tips the weighing scale at 699 kg thanks to the CMF-A platform and has a fuel tank capacity of 28 litres.
Renault Kwid Climber Ground Clearance
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
As for the ground clearance, the Renault Kwid Climber has it at an appreciable measure of 180 mm. To hone the undulations and potholes of the typical Indian roads, having a good ground clearance is an utmost factor and courtesy of Renault the Climber did not endure any alterations.
Renault Kwid Climber Boot Space
Luggage compartment is one of the VFM prospects of the standard Kwid and it has been carried forward to the Climber variant with 300 litres of capacity.
Renault Kwid Climber Tyre Size
|Front Tyre||155 / 80 R13|
|Rear Tyre||155 / 80 R13|
The Kwid Climber was showcased at the Auto Expo with a larger set of alloy wheels to emphasise its off-roading character but since it’s none of that in its production guise, Renault has opted to stick with the 13-inchers as the front and rear tyre sizes are 155 / 80 R13.
Renault Kwid Climber Interiors
As much as the exterior, Renault engineers concentrated on making changes to the cabin as well and it makes a significant impact. A seven-inch touchscreen MediaNAV system, radio speed dependent volume control, single-touch lane change indicator and digital Instrument cluster with chrome contour are part of the package as the Climber is based on the top-end variant.
Other cosmetic embellishments include orange perforations on steering wheel, side air vents with contour, dual-tone orange gear shifter, door protection cladding, premium contoured seats with integrated head rests, new orange upholstery with climber Insignia and new orange door trim accents which expresses the dual-tone nature in a dominant fashion. Pre-sense seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, dual-tone orange ORVMs and roof bars are other important features.
Renault Kwid Climber Features
|Renault Kwid Climber Top Features|
|Front bumper with orange painted lower plate|
|Orange painted Outside Rear View Mirrors|
|New alloy wheels and roof rails|
|Seven-inch touchscreen MediaNAV system|
|Digital Instrument cluster with chrome contour|
|Orange seat upholstery with climber Insignia|
|New metallic Electric Blue exterior colour scheme|
|New orange door trim accents|
|Orange touches on gear shifter and centre console|
Renault Kwid Climber Rivals
With several new products in the volume segments offering good degree of personalisation, the Renault Kwid Climber has indeed comes at a right time with a sporty exterior and a funky cabin that would appeal for young generation customers. Lower end Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Datsun redi-GO, Tata Tiago and Hyundai Eon are its main competitors.
Renault Kwid Climber Colours
The three colour schemes in which the Kwid Climber is being offered are Electric Blue, Outback Bronze and Planet Grey.