According to a report from wheels24, Renault South Africa has confirmed that it plans to launch the India-made Kwid in late-2016 or early-2017.
The report says that the Renault Kwid sold in South Africa will be powered by the 0.8-litre SCe three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 54 PS at 5,678 rpm and 72 Nm of torque at 4,386 rpm, possibly mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. There’s no speak of the bigger, more powerful 1.0-litre SCe three-cylinder petrol engine or the automated manual transmission though.
The Renault Kwid is the first car to be based on the A version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform and a very important export model for Renault India. Besides neighboring countries, export plans also include Iran, Russia, Africa and South America. Right-hand drive countries will be the first ones receiving the India-made Kwid. Exports to Kenya, Brazil and SAARC countries will commence later this year.