Renault has launched the all new Kwid Climber version at an introductory price of Rs 4.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the manual and Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the automatic model. Available solely in the top RxT(O) trim, the Climber is powered by the well-known 68hp, 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine from the standard Kwid, paired to either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox.
Originally exposed as a concept at the Auto Expo in 2016, the Kwid Climber gets a series of cosmetic tweaks to set it apart from its standard 1 litre sibling. The front bumper has been gently revised and sports big plastic bits around the fog-lamp housing and a faux matte-silver skid plate with orange inserts to complete that rough look. The Climber misses out on the checkered-finished cladding on the doors and gets orange-finished wing mirrors along with orange turn indicators. The main change to the car, however, is the introduction of alloy wheels – a first on the Kwid. At the rear too the car gets tweaks to the bumper. Also new on the model is an electric-blue exterior paint shadow.
On the inside, the hatchback gets orange accents across the cabin. The centre console and side air-con vents feature orange surrounds while the seats also get revised upholstery with orange inserts and stitching. The lower spoke of the steering wheel and front seat headrests have ‘Climber’ badging stitched onto them. The Kwid Climber is the 3rd option of the Kwid 1.0 to be launched and is about Rs 25,000 more costly than its standard sibling in both manual and AMT guises. Rivals for the Kwid Climber remain much the same as that of the standard Kwid 1.0 with straight competition being the Maruti Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon 1.0. Renault preceded the launch of the Climber with the introduction of the 1.0-litre engine on the Kwid’s mid-level RxL trim.