What we have here are spy shots with what appears to be the Renault Kwid – we know the model has been presented for some time in India, so what’s the point treating it to a full body wrap of camo?
Well it appears there is a point into having the smallest crossover in the family taking the camo wraps once more – if you pay attention to the license plate you’ll see it wearing a German designation – meaning this particular Kwid has been caught prototype testing somewhere in Europe. This basically means the automaker intends to offer the model in its home region as well. Since it was developed and engineered in India for the emerging markets, the Renault Kwid seen here we’re imagining it would actually make the jump to Europe wearing the French automaker’s no frills subsidiary brand Dacia’s badge. But wait, Renault Nissan alliance chief executive Carlos Ghosn commented last year on the subject and specifically said the Kwid will not have an entry in the Dacia brand.
Now we’re not really taking what managers say for granted – as the auto industry changes so do such decisions. So, wearing that amount of camouflage could mean the Kwid has undergone some minor to major design changes and maybe we’ll just have to wait and see if the Dacia prospects will come to fruition. The thing is the Indian version lacks basic safety amenities such as ABS or a standard set of airbags – meaning major changes need to be done under the wraps as well co comply with EU law. If there will be indeed a Dacia Kwid in Europe, most likely it would come with a higher sticker price and packing an all new 1.0-liter engine that should debut during Auto Expo 2016.