Maruti Suzuki’s Kwid rival is believed to have an SUV-ish design language; likely to unveil at 2018 Delhi Auto Expo
Renault Kwid has become a highly reputed small hatchback in a short span of time in the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki’s dominance in the auto industry is led by its market share in the entry-level segment where there is always huge potential for new products in limited budget range. As majority of the masses are attracted by the prospect of low-cost cars, through the decades Maruti Suzuki strengthened its offerings in the space time and time again.
Due to the high volume sales, many manufacturers have tried to steal the spotlight and enter vehicles within aggressive price bracket. However, only very few have tasted success in long term, like Hyundai with Eon and Santro, despite bursting onto the scene with immense hype. Considering this fact, Renault India which was relatively a new brand when the Kwid came in on May 2015, needs to be given a whole lot of credit.
The first vehicle to be based on the global CMF-A platform took just over a year to garner one lakh sales mark and its range was expanded with the launch of 1.0-litre engine and AMT gearbox that squarely aimed at Celerio. While Renault is planning to reveal a sporty version of the Kwid as we have reported earlier, to meet the demands of young buyers seeking customisation options, Maruti Suzuki is delving over a potential rival according to a report emerged on AutocarIndia.
With a monthly sales average of over 8,000 units, Renault Kwid’s SUV-ish design language, decent cabin space and good level of equipment on offer ticked all the right boxes. Maruti Suzuki is preparing a rival because the Kwid eats right into sales of the bestselling hatchback in India, the Alto. An all-new hatchback based on SUV styling as the Kwid will be up for grabs as soon as next year said the report.
Most importantly, it won’t succeed the Alto as initially expected and will have higher ground clearance, myriad of safety features, improved in-car tech, likely capability to accommodate personalisation as the Ignis, and of course a conservatory engine with good mileage. It is safe to assume that Alto’s powertrain could be drafted in and the production version is expected to come to the fore at the Auto Expo 2018.