Renault launched the Kwid AMT in India in November 2016. The market trends are changing and gone are the times when an automatic transmission was cited as costly and high-maintenance. Rather, now, an automatic transmission car is seen as a convenience and a blessing in the everyday bumper to bumper traffic. Renault first waved the automatic wand with the Duster, and later launched the AMT in its entry-level car, the Kwid.
First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, the Renault Kwid with the 'Easy-R' transmission fascinated the audience with its knob shifter unusually placed on the dashboard near the air-con controls. As a result, the place where the gear shifter usually existed lay vacant as an additional storage space. While Renault launched the Kwid AMT in only the RXT variant, it’s now available in the RXL and the Climber variants as well.
Prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
|Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Easy-R AMT||Price|
|RXL||Rs 3.83 lakh|
|RXT (Driver Airbag)||Rs 4.29 lakh|
|Climber||Rs 4.54 lakh|
First things first, the automatic transmission. The AMT transmission is available with the 1.0-litre engine only. The engine is the same as the one on the Kwid 1.0, displacing 999cc and putting out a maximum power of 68PS and peak torque of 91Nm. The AMT is a 5-speed transmission controlled via a dial on the dashboard that lets you choose between drive (D), neutral (N) and reverse (R) options. The only rival of the Kwid 1.0 AMT is the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, which also gets a 5-speed AMT.
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In terms of features, the Kwid AMT gets identical equipment as the manual Kwid in all the three variants. The best-equipped variant of the Kwid gets a seven-inch MediaNAV touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, front power windows, remote keyless entry with central locking, and front fog lamps.
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Price Difference (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
|Variants||Kwid 1.0-litre||Kwid 1.0-litre Easy-R AMT||Difference|
|RXL||Rs 3.53 lakh||Rs 3.83 lakh||~ Rs 30,000|
|RXT (airbag)||Rs 3.99 lakh||Rs 4.29 lakh||~ Rs 30,000|
|Climber||Rs 4.24 lakh||Rs 4.54 lakh||~ Rs 30,000|
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
|Variants||Alto K10||Alto K10 AGS||Difference|
|VXI||Rs 3.63 lakh||Rs 4.09 lakh||~ Rs 46,000|
|VXI (O)||Rs 3.82 lakh||Rs 4.15 lakh||~ RS 33,000|
Overall, with a price difference of approximately Rs 30,000, the Easy-R AMT makes more sense as opposed to the Kwid 1.0-litre manual version. Further, it also delivers more kilometres per litre when compared to its manual 1.0-litre counterpart.
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