Renault unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Show the all-new KWID Concept. This new vehicle is the proof that the French company can produce appealing products in the compact car segment but also its commitment to new markets such as India. Covered by the ‘Explore’ petal of Renault’s lifecycle-based design strategy, the new KWID Concept was designed with inputs from Renault Design India.
In fact, the new concept car looks just like a buggy car, has a robust appearance due to protective guards and wings, and comes with a two-wheel drive transmission. Inside, the vehicle was designed to serve as a snug cocoon and is inspired by a bird’s nest. Meanwhile, the dashboard is an integrated table for commanding the navigation of the Flying Companion.
Moreover, the driver’s seat is positioned in the center Aimed at offering a safe as well as fun driving experience, the Flying Companion is the first of its kind in the automotive world.
Taking off from the rotating rear portion of the KWID CONCEPT’s roof, the Flying Companion can be operated in one of two modes – the automatic mode using a pre-programmed flying sequence and GPS location as well as the manual mode, which enables the companion to be controlled using a tablet inside the vehicle.
Under the hood, we find a 1.2-liter petrol turbocharged engine bolted to a dual-clutch transmission EDC. Other technology-rich features include electric operated front bench seat on a center rail, electric opening doors, LED lighting, lack of gearshift (command with touches next to the steering).
According to Renault, the KWID Concept was tailored to meet the needs of Indian drivers as the vehicle is a compact five-seater to enable family trips, a common occurrence in India. [source: Renault]