Renault Planning Production Version of Kwid Crossover

Earlier this year, we brought you news on the fascinating Renault Kwid concept. The futuristic 4x4 had some special goodies beneath the skin. We thought this was a fantastical creation with no hopes of production. We might have been wrong.

According to AutoExpress, a production version of the Kwid could come by 2016. The report suggests that Renault believes it has a niche in the lineup that needs to be filled by a compact crossover. 

Renault Planning Production Version of Kwid Crossover

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That means it would slot below Renault’s Captur crossover, which is based on the Renault Clio. The production version of the Kwid might grow from 3.6 meters to 4 meters, but would still be 120mm shorter than the Captur. 

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The Kwid will still retain its name for production, and would feature plastic rounded body panels, raised ride height and under body protection. Power would come from either a turbocharged or naturally aspirated version of the three-cylinder engine found in the Renault Twingo. Despite all this, we don’t suspect that the production version will feature the built in drone found in the concept version.

With the Kwid coming in 2016 and supposedly retaining the same look, we wonder how close the GLB will look to the Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class. Like the Kwid, it was based on the Ener-G-Force concept.

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