Renault Kwid, the popular entry-level hatchback from the French carmaker is all set to get an engine upgrade in India this year. Slated to come with a new 1.0-litre petrol motor, Renault is likely to launch the new variant later this month, towards the second half of August 2016. Now, we have already seen the car a few months back at the 2016 Auto Expo, and the Kwid 1.0-litre will largely remain similar to the 800cc version.

Renault has been testing the Kwid 1.0-litre variant in India for quite some time now. We even brought you some spy shots of the test mule a few months back, when the car was seen in Chennai. Now Renault is finally ready to launch the new Kwid and judging by the success the regular version of the car has received, we are sure to see a strong rival for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.

The exterior profile of the car will come with an SCe badge to indicate its variant and possibly some additional features like alloy wheels, which we even saw in one of the test mules spotted earlier. Renault might also update the cabin of the Kwid 1.0-litre version with some new fabric seat covers and better quality of plastic for the knobs and button. But there is no confirmation on that yet.

As for the powertrain itself, Renault will pack the updated Kwid with a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine that will be capable of curing out a maximum of 67bhp. The car will come mated to the same 5-speed manual gearbox used in the 800cc trim. At the Auto Expo, Renault also showcased an AMT version of the car paired to the carmaker’s Easy-R unit that also does duty in the new Renault Duster. And we believe the company might offer the same AMT unit with the Kwid 1.0-litre version as well.

Upon its launch, the more powerful Renault Kwid will go head to head with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and the Hyundai EON with the 1.0-litre Kappa engine.