| 05/02/2014 | 0 Comments

The KWID concept, the first Renault concept car unveiled outside Europe, emphasizes India’s significant place in Renault’s global strategy as well as the company’s commitment to new markets and ability to offer appealing products in the compact car segment.

Renault_KWID_14The concept car unveiled at the Delhi Auto Show was designed with inputs from Renault Design India and is covered by the ‘Explore’ petal of Renault’s lifecycle-based design strategy. The concept is tailored specifically to meet the needs of Indian drivers. The vehicle is a compact five-seater to enable family trips, a common occurrence in India. The multimedia dashboard answers the young and modern Indian need to stay connected, with a strong attempt for technology. The vehicle’s lightweight interior design is also adapted to warm weather conditions.

The vehicle’s robust, yet fun design, along with its technology-driven features, is targeted at meeting the needs of young customers. Exciting proportions and dimensions as well as very short overhangs give the impression of a bouncing vehicle, while its oversized wheels protrude past the fenders and make the KWID look like a buggy car. The vehicle comes with a two-wheel drive transmission, but projects the facade of an off-road car.

Renault_KWID_8The KWID is powered by the latest-generation downsized 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged engine mated to dual-clutch transmission EDC to combine driving enjoyment with low fuel consumption. The concept is also Z.E ready – being pre-disposed to receive batteries for electric use – and comes with a charging plug behind the Renault logo.

Renault_KWID_5The interior of the KWID concept is designed to serve as a snug cocoon and is inspired by a bird’s nest. The seats suspended over a solid base in white, give an impression of lightness, while their 2-tone elastomer material provides a sense of brightness. Also features rear air conditioning with controls on the driver seat’s back as well as ventilation through concentric perforations. The KWID features an unusual seat arrangement, with three passengers up front and the driver seat in the middle, in a slightly forward position to offer shoulder room, as well as two seats at the back. The central driving position afforded by this arrangement meets international driving demands, enabling the car to driven in both right hand and left hand drive markets.

Renault_KWID_6The dashboard is an integrated tablet for commanding the navigation of the Flying Companion, and also provides access to connected services. The Flying Companion is the first drone of its kind in the automotive world, aimed at offering a safe as well as fun driving experience.

Renault_KWID_16Taking off from the rotating rear portion of the KWID’s roof, it can be operated in one of two modes – the automatic mode using a pre-programmed flying sequence and GPS location as well as the manual mode, which enables the companion to be controlled using a tablet inside the vehicle. The Flying Companion can be used for a variety of purposes, including scouting traffic, taking landscape pictures and detecting obstacles on the road ahead.

Renault_KWID_7Other technology-rich features include electric operated front bench seat on a center rail, electric opening doors, LED lighting, lack of gearshift (command with touches next to the steering).

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