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Yes, the car you've been waiting for has finally been launched in India. If you're looking at the compact hatchback segment, that is.

For its segment, the Kwid looks attractive with that dinky SUV design theme, and that's never going to be a bad thing in a country like India. The Kwid is powered by an all-new 799cc, three-cylinder engine (making 53bhp and 72Nm) which is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The company claims that this engine will help return best-in-class mileage of 25.17kpl. Not a bad combination at all, eh?

The new entry-level hatchback sits on the new CMF-A platform that has been co-developed by Nissan and Renault. This is the same platform that will underpin Datsun's upcoming small car, the Redi-Go.

There are six trim levels of the Kwid on offer, in four colours. The tiny French has several first-in-class features that give it an advantage over its rivals, the Alto 800 and Eon - like the MediaNav infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen display (borrowed from the Duster) a digital instrument cluster, and it's even got a commendable 180mm of ground clearance, a spacious cabin and a big 300-litre boot working in its favour. Sounds like all hits and no misses? Not quite. That's because the Kwid takes a step back on safety features. Only the top-end variant of the Kwid will get a driver airbag, that too as an option. The base variant misses out on even a left wing mirror.

Renault will also offer personalisation packs, which will allow you to aesthetically enhance your Kwid by equipping it with roof rails, body cladding, decals and splashes of chrome inside and out. There's also a virtual showroom and a smartphone app using which you can check out and even book the car online. Deliveries commence in October.

The Kwid, which boasts over 98 per cent localisation, has been launched at an incredibly attractive price of Rs 2.57 lakh for the standard model to Rs. 3.54 lakh for the top RxT (O) variant. At this price, it effectively undercuts the Maruti Alto 800 by Rs 33,000 and Hyundai Eon by Rs 54,000! A true game-changer, this.

We've already driven the Kwid. Click here for our full review of the little Renault.

Prices (introductory, ex-Delhi):
Std - Rs 2.57 lakh
RxE - Rs 2.89 lakh
RxE (O) - Rs 2.94 lakh
RxL - Rs 3.12 lakh
RxT - Rs 3.45 lakh
RxT (O) - Rs 3.53 lakh

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