The Renault Kwid was spotted undergoing testing on European territory and it could indicate the model will eventually be launched on the old continent.

The Renault Kwid was spotted undergoing testing on European territory and it could indicate the model will eventually be launched on the old continent.

Developed in India for emerging markets, the Renault Kwid was seen recently in prototype guise undergoing testing in Europe with German license plate. The spy image comes as a surprise since Renault-Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn said last year the Kwid will not be sold in Europe as a Dacia.

It’s interesting to see the car dressed in camouflage taking into account it has been revealed last year in Indian specification. Perhaps Renault has changed its mind and the model will indeed hit select European markets where it will likely wear the Dacia badge and could have a slightly different design.

However, we are not entirely certain it will happen since getting the Kwid to meet the stringent European safety regulations is tricky. Even if it is possible, the changes necessary to make the car comply with Euro laws will bump the model’s price tag and it won’t be as cheap as the Indian model. To understand the efforts that have to be made, the Indian variant doesn’t even have ABS and you can order an optional driver airbag only on the range-topping model.

If a Euro-spec Dacia Kwid will happen, it could be powered by a new 1.0-liter engine which will be presented on February 3 at Auto Expo 2016. In India, the 1.0-liter will be offered on a more expensive version of the Kwid with ABS, dual front airbags, and an automated manual gearbox.

The Dacia Kwid could debut as early as the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March, but it’s better to wait for an official confirmation from Renault.

Source: indianautosblog.com

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