Group 1 Renault once again drives into the future with the launch of The All-New Renault KWID Climber automatic, a completely new vehicle in terms of its exterior appeal and engineering excellence, as well as 16 first in class features. The All-New Renault KWID Climber automatic also delivers outstanding power and economy with its high-tech 1000cc engine, the most spacious and comfortable cabin in the category and a refined gear system with intelligent Traffic Assist.
The first thing you’ll notice about The All-New Renault KWID Climber automatic is that it is a completely different beast from previous versions. The vehicle’s interior, revamped state-of-the-art 1000cc engine and a host of new advanced features give the new model an edge over anything else in the same class. Its top-of-the-line specs incorporate the latest Renault technology from France for superior performance and a stunning new look.
Drivers will notice many new innovative additions that offer total convenience and have been specially developed to cater to the needs of the urban driver. Power shutters offer absolute ease, with smart additions like the intelligent traffic assistant mode and a highly accurate reverse camera. The All-New Renault KWID Climber automatic also guarantees outstanding driver and passenger safety by adding features like the ABS system with dual airbags, high-speed alert, and pre-tension seat belts.
The All-New Renault KWID Climber automatic is also the most futuristic-looking vehicle in its class, sporting brilliant iron man lights and rear U shaped LED lights. The vehicle’s spacious, dual-tone, premium interior, with oversized storage space, guarantees a more comfortable ride for the driver and passengers. The 20.32CM touch screen with the apple and android car play with voice recognition, a completely digital meter cluster with brand new features like the ‘service due’ reminder together with 12V power socket and fast USB charging offer superior convenience & makes driving a pleasure.
If you’re interested in test driving the new Kwid, or you simply want to find out more about the Renault Kwid price - visit Group 1 Renault’s site.
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The fifth-generation Renault Clio has to battle it out with the likes of the new Peugeot 208, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. Can it do that? AutoExpress travelled to Portugal for the official media drive to find out.
The exterior looks like an evolution of the old car; however, everybody panel is new, and Renault has made it a tad shorter and has lowered the roofline. Still, thanks to clever packaging, the interior is now more spacious than before, which should give it an advantage over some of its rivals.
Upon entering the new Clio at Group 1 Renault you’re struck by the airy feel, provided by the new dashboard layout and clean-looking infotainment system, with higher grades getting a 9.3-inch display and, optionally, a digital instrument cluster. Other new features include the addition of a wireless charging pad for compatible mobile devices. Elsewhere, you get the usual soft-touch materials and leather upholstery that give it a premium feel. Everything is in reach for the driver and even the boot space impresses, with over 1,000 liters (35+ cu-ft) after folding down the rear seats.
The model reviewed is the range-topping RS Line that’s powered by a 130 PS (128 hp / 96 kW) 1.3-liter TCe petrol four that’s mated to a standard 7-speed DCT. The combo feels refined and there’s sufficient power for daily use, regardless of the conditions.
Overall, Renault has managed to obtain a good balance between performance and comfort. The new Clio won’t disappoint - find out more about the Renault Clio price and book your 2020 Clio test drive today!
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Looks great, feels classy. Worth a look, Volkswagen and Ford owners.
What is it?
The all-new, fourth-generation Renault Megane. And what a classy looking thing it is, too. Based on the same platform as the larger Espace and Talisman – big cars we don’t get in the UK – it benefits from all of their tech and much of their style. It’s certainly a great leap on from the current car.
There’ll only be five-door hatch and estate versions, with the coupes and cabrios of old dropped, as their target buyers have all moved to crossovers (such as the Renault Kadjar).
What is it like on the road?
In standard form, this feels like a French car of the old school, with a comfortable, composed ride and a handling balance not disposed to unnecessary sportiness. That’s not to say it’s dull, though; it’s simple and classy to drive, and a solid base for a future Renaultsport hot hatch version.
The launch engine line is simple, with an equal split of turbo petrol and diesels, while there’s a diesel-electric hybrid arriving in the near future. We like the sweet 1.2-litre TCe which, we suspect, will be more than enough for most. Of the diesels, the 128bhp 1.6 dCi appeals most, offering punchy performance and a claimed 70.6mpg, though a 108bhp 1.5 dCi offers a mildly dizzying 76.4mpg, twinned with meagre 96g/km CO2 emissions.
Want something less sensible? While we wait for a proper RS, a 202bhp GT comes with the curious addition of four-wheel-steering, just like you get on a 911 GT3. It works, though its artificial sharpness will feel at odds with a raw RS.
Layout, finish and space
This is where the new Renault Megane shines brightest. Tick plenty of options boxes and it can feel rather luxurious, with topmost versions getting a 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen (mounted in the same way as a Tesla Model S, you know…) that’s brighter and more eye-catching than rival systems, if not quite as slick. It houses all manner of functions, including a ton of active safety and parking tech, while behind the steering wheel lie bright and almost endlessly customisable TFT dials.
It’s all very smart and of decent quality within the Megane, and with a longer wheelbase than before, there’s plenty of room in the back and a 434-litre boot is among the best in class. It may look sporty and swoopy on the outside but Renault’s made sure practicality hasn’t suffered within.
Running costs and reliability
Group 1 Renault has gone keen on pricing, considering the generous kit levels; best value are the mid-range Dynamique Nav and GT Line Nav trims, although you have to spend a little more if you want the full glory of that Tesla-style infotainment screen. Running costs look strong – with high mpg and low CO2 figures – and Renault’s four-year warranty continues to impress, making this a comfy and classy alternative to the Golf and Focus norm. Yes, it deserves a place on your shortlist.
Article source: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/renault/megane
Renault has updated its Sandero budget-car range in South Africa through the addition of a new Stepway Plus flagship derivative. Should this keenly-priced, feature-packed crossover be in your crosshairs?
Where does it fit in?
Look closely and you'll notice the Plus stickers located subtly underneath the side mirrors. The 16-inch wheels catch the eye!
Visually, the Stepway Plus is differentiated from lesser Renault Sandero derivatives by the addition of gloss black side mirrors (with detailing) and its 16-inch 2-tone alloy wheels. Given their price points, the Sandero Stepway Expression and Plus are effectively a bridge between the entry-level Kwid and compact family Renaults such as the Duster and Captur. Buyers are increasingly favouring crossovers and SUVs, and the Stepway is a version of the budget Sandero with added ground clearance, front and rear skid plates and wheel arch mouldings. Is it a good proposition? Find out below.
How it fares in terms of…
Carting a small family around
The Stepway Plus shares its powertrain with the Clio. Its 0.9-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder motor develops 66 kW and 135 Nm, which do not sound like lofty outputs, but when you consider the car's low kerb weight (just 1 055 kg) you realise the engine doesn't really have much mass to shift around. Granted, things are little different when you start factoring passengers and cargo into the equation. When the Stepway Plus has 3 adults and some cargo on board, its engine labours and fuel economy takes a hit. There's a little bonus though. When you depress the accelerator pedal fully, you'll feel a little button click at the end of the pedal's travel. This triggers the motor's overboost and a little bit of extra power (and urge) ensue.
The Stepway Plus has a 5-speed manual 'box with a light shift action, combined with an easy-to-modulate clutch pedal, which is just as well, seeing that you are likely to change cogs quite often in cut-and-thrust traffic. The Sandero has what's termed as a narrow powerband, an area in the rev range where the engine is at its most responsive (maximum torque arrives at 2 500 r/min) and you'll be seeking that sweet spot often, like when you need to execute overtaking manoeuvres. Use the aforementioned overboost functionality and you should be able to dispatch slower traffic easily.
Usually, 3-cylinder engines tend to sound a bit gruff, but we think Renault has done a good job of suppressing the triple's vibration and noise characteristics. At full throttle, there's a cute little rumble coming from the engine bay, typical of 3-cylinder engines. In terms of economy, the little Stepway Plus displayed 6.8 L/100 km on the trip computer, which we think is fair. It's pleasant to drive too, with a fair ride quality and light steering. The suspension is adept at soaking up moderate road imperfections, which is helped by the fact that the 16-inch alloys are wrapped in thick rubber.
The Renault is nimble around town. "Plus" the reverse-view camera and rear parking sensors, allied with the light steering, make it easy to park in a confined space. Finally, despite it not being marketed as an SUV, the newcomer offers a useful 193-mm worth of ground clearance, giving it some credibility off the tarmac. You can effortlessly mount a kerb and traverse gravel in the Stepway Plus.
It does not take much effort to activate Apple CarPlay; simply plug an iPhone's cable into the USB slot above the touchscreen.
The Sandero Stepway has always been generously equipped and the Plus is especially so. The top derivative gains all-round electric windows, rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, cruise control (with speed limiter), a reverse-view camera and trip computer. For the first time, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on this vehicle and you connect via a USB port and Bluetooth. Annoyingly, the USB port is positioned at the top of the infotainment screen, meaning you'll have a cable dangling in clear sight. It's odd, as most USB ports are positioned in more remote locations.
Despite its budget aspirations, the Stepway Plus' safety spec is ample. It features 4 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill-start assist and impressively, electronic stability control. The latter can't be switched off and proved its worth when 1 of our testers drove through a big puddle on a rainy evening.
The ability to load in a 29-inch mountain bike was a boon.
Despite the Sandero Stepway being marketed as (and priced equivalent to ) a compact city car, it's surprisingly spacious inside. Rear passengers are afforded ample headroom and just about enough legroom to render the Renault a small family car. With the rear seatback in its upright position, luggage space is commendable, with substantial length and depth to the loading area.
And, with the 60/40-split seats folded down, there's even more space available. This author was able to load in a 29-inch mountain bike, mountain bike accessories and camera gear (including a tripod) with ease. Renault claims 292 litres of space, which is a touch larger than its nearest rival, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo. The cabin itself is well thought out, with sufficient compartments and storage slots for mobile phones, keys and so on.
Price and after-sales support
The Sandero price includes Renault's 5-year/150 000-km warranty and 2-year/30 000 km service plan. Services are at 15 000 km intervals, available at Group 1 Renault.
Should you buy one? Many consumers complain that new cars are too expensive and that the kind of financial outlay required to buy a vehicle of substance "out of the box" is beyond the means of most of the population. The Sandero Stepway Plus is Renault's antidote to that sentiment – the newcomer offers a lot of specification and tech, is pleasant to drive and is honestly priced. There's more kit in the Sandero Stepway Plus than in some more expensive new cars and, despite our criticism of it being underpowered when fully loaded, chances are the majority of customers will be singles or couples who won't experience that issue. The Plus is charming; you'll be hard-pressed to find more new-car value at this price point.
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Renault recently launched the facelifted version of the Kwid in the Indian market. The French manufacturer has made quite a lot of changes to the car in terms of aesthetics and it almost seems likes a generation update rather than a facelift. Prices for the new Kwid start at Rs 2.83 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) which means it is much cheaper than the Tata Tiago and the Maruti S-Presso. Renault also offers AMT transmission option on the Kwid.
The AMT unit on the Kwid is a 5-speed unit which drives the front wheels. Since the AMT variant is offered only on the top variants, they come loaded to brim with features. The Climber variant, on the other hand, come equipped with an attractive body kit which makes the car look rugged. This includes orange accents on body panels, roof rails, and blacked-out alloys among other things.
The interiors of the new Renault Kwid AMT facelift have been updated thoroughly too. The dashboard has been updated in a dark grey theme and it has been redesigned too. The dashboard now has revised climate control vents and a new touchscreen infotainment system that gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay system. The dashboard looks quite similar to the Triber. Also, the steering wheel of the new Renault Kwid is different from the previous model. However, still, there are no mounted controls on the hatchback that can be used to control the infotainment system. Renault has also not added a keyless start/stop system to the vehicle. The seats of the new Kwid also gets contrasting highlights all-over, which makes it look quite youthful.
The engine options on the new Kwid are the same as on the pre-facelift models. There is a 799cc, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that generates a maximum power of 54 Bhp and 72 Nm of peak torque. The more powerful 1.0-litre, a three-cylinder petrol engine is also available with the Kwid. It churns out a maximum power of 67 Bhp and peak torque of 91 Nm. The smaller displacement engine only gets a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.0-litre engine option Kwid comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and automatic AMT transmission at Group 1 Renault.
Article source: https://www.cartoq.com/all-new-renault-kwid-amt-facelift-walkaround-review-video/
The 26-tonne D Wide Z.E. truck presented by Renault Trucks almost exactly one year ago is now being used in the Lyon area. The first pre-series model of the electric truck will be used for waste disposal in Meyzieu.
The D Wide Z.E. is a variant specially optimised for waste transport – as a 16-tonne D Z.E. it is also available as an electric truck for distribution operations. According to Renault, waste disposal is an area of application for which electrification is particularly suitable. Waste disposal vehicles have to drive in a stop-and-go motion, with somewhere between 300 to 800 stops per operation. This results in high consumption and increased fine dust and particle emissions due to rapid material wear. In electric vehicles, which mainly use the engine for braking, the braking system is therefore subjected to less stress.
The 26-tonne Renault Trucks D Wide Z.E. has two electric motors with a total output of 370 kW and a constant output of 260 kW respectively. A battery pack with a capacity of 200 kWh will be used as an energy storage device, which should enable a real range of up to 200 km. With direct current, the lithium-ion batteries of the electric truck can be fully charged in one to two hours via a CCS plug with 150 kW charging power.
However, Renault is not alone with an electric truck for waste disposal: As early as April 2018, Volvo presented the FL Electric followed shortly after with the FE Electric for heavy distribution tasks and waste disposal in cities, now both in operation.
Although these Renault trucks aren’t yet available at Renault Cape Town’s dealerships, due to their use as waste removal trucks - Group 1 Renault does offer the Kangoo and Trafic panel vans! Test drive these vehicles at a Renault dealership in Cape Town, Johannesburg and in between.
Article source: https://wheelwonderings.postach.io/post/renault-testing-pre-series-e-truck-model-in-lyon
Over the course of a sunny weekend, I was fortunate to drive the new the Renault Sandero Stepway during an awesome road trip along the West Coast. This was a new experience for me where I was able to experience a vehicle specially designed for safe and comfortable driving.
I find the new design of the Renault Sandero for sale to be more appealing than the previous models thanks to its cute styling, especially at the front.
While driving along the West Coast road and throughout Langebaan, I began to see more and more Stepway models around, realising how popular this vehicle actually is.
It felt awesome being the only one with the latest variant with its sporty roof racks.
The side profile of the Sandero is really unique and its 16" unique rims adds a dash of charm to this city slicker.
This model is ideal for getaways and carting around a small family for a weekend, especially where boot space is concerned. The Stepway Plus also has a rear-parking camera, to aid the driver when reversing.
I love how Renault gave the Sandero Stepway a face-lift; the grille, as well as large Renault badge in front, gives it a fierce and assertive look.
The 3-cylinder, 66kW, 0.9-litre turbo motor is eerily silent when idling though quite nippy and fun for a 900cc. The Stepway handles the long-road quite well with it's 5-speed 'box, and a claimed fuel consumption of 5.4 litre/100km by the automaker.
The charcoal coloured interior is quite eye-catching with its red trimming, a leather steering wheel, electric windows, and aircon. What I love most is the cruise control, along with a speed limiter that beeps to warn you when you are driving above the speed limit or if there is a speeding camera up ahead.
The radio/CD player features with Aux connectivity, Bluetooth, USB and a navigation system. The audio controls are behind the steering wheel, and this is an ideal safety feature when you are driving, creating hands-free calls and scrolling through music.
Renault offers a 5-year warranty as well as a 2-year service plan, along with a year of insurance. If you are worried about parts, Renault offers a mobility solution if your required items need to be imported.
Overall, I found the Sandero Stepway Plus to be a fun, yet safe vehicle. If you need to spend less on fuel a month, this would be the right vehicle for you. I can’t wait to see what Renault has in store for us next when it comes to our daily commute in a safe, comfortable, and fuel efficient driving.
Test drive the Renault Sandero today at Group 1 Renault today and experience the thrill of this great vehicle first hand!
Article source: https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/renaults-all-new-sandero-stepway-plus-makes-a-great-little-getaway-car-20190709
Over two million sold since this vehicle was first introduced seven years ago.I always marvel at how many bull celebrities can talk when interviewed during lifestyle programmes on television.
Whether singers, writers, clothes designers or actors, they often make their successes seem like a given, carefully not mentioning years of unrewarded struggle, many fruitless disappointments, plus multiple unsuccessful auditions and interviews.
They also generally omit the fact that blind luck, and being at the right place at the right time, often heralded their big break.
Fair enough, but here is the bit that gets my goat.
Always, always, the interviewer will ask: “What advice do you have for youngsters watching you right now, who wish to follow in your footsteps?”
Always, the celebrity answers: “Follow your dream, and most importantly, just be yourself.”
This is problematic – 99.999% of would-be actors whose dream it is to emulate Johnny Depp will end up as unemployed waiters.
As for just being yourself – what if you are a scumbag and the ANC still does not want to employ you? All of which brings us to the new Renault Duster.
It is unapologetically itself as one of the world’s best small Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and more than two million have been sold globally since its launch seven years ago.
It has just been revamped.
Renault’s press release mentions stuff like “distinctly assertive”, “more expressive front and rear”, “rugged stance” and “adventurer credentials”.
We – unable to match such prose – are going to cop out and simply invite you to look at the photographs alongside.
We did notice the vehicle has ground clearance of 210mm, steep approach and departure angles, skid plates front and rear, plus 17- inch alloy wheels in 215/60R17 rubber ware – suggesting off-road capabilities, even in the test vehicle’s front-wheel-drive configuration.
The test vehicle came with a turbocharged, four-cylinder, eight-valve, 1 461cc diesel engine, that produces 80kW of power at 4 000rpm and 250Nm of torque at 1 750rpm.
It relays the grunt and twist to the front wheels via a six-speed EDC automatic gearbox. It will seat five adults, has a large boot, which can be increased via rear seat split folds, plus numerous stowage spaces.
Making life easier are keyless entry, blind-spot warning, automatic climate control, speed limiter and cruise control. A multiview camera allows for easy visibility of the rear and side terrain triggered by reverse gear, while rear-park distance control enables one to sneak the Duster into really tight spots.
Naturally, it boasts ABS and EBD, plus anti-lock brake assist, hill start assist and airbags front and rear.
On the move, the Duster proved reasonably sprightly during my regular commute between Alberton and Industria.
Renault claims a top speed of 169km/h and I have no reason to doubt them.
The brakes were efficient, the steering direct and nicely weighted, while spirited cornering would eventually evoke slight understeer.
The most impressive aspect was the fuel economy.
I believed the computer to be faulty when a trip between Alberton and the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria showed usage of 4.8l/100km.
Apparently not, since the overall fuel usage during the test panned out at just over 5.1l/100km. That would give the vehicle an impressive range on its 50-litre tank.
The Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Prestige EDC 4×2 is a highly efficient, economical and stylish package at an asking price of R334 900.
It comes with a five-year/ 150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals, and a standard three-year/45 000km service plan applies.
Book your Renault Duster test drive at your nearest Group 1 Renault dealership here.
Article source: https://wheelwonderings.postach.io/post/new-renault-duster-is-still-a-great-small-suv
It is billed as being sleeker, more dynamic and more connected than ever.
Renault has unveiled its fifth-generation Clio at Group 1 Renault which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, March 7-17, 2019.
Renault’s compact car has been slightly shortened and lowered for improved aerodynamics and athleticism. In general, it emulates a more modern style, with a new C-shaped 100% LED lighting profile at the front and rear, plus new air deflectors on the front wheel arches and various chrome details.
The new model will be offered in a total of 11 body colors (with thee new shades: Valencia Orange, Vison Brown and Celadon Blue) and with three exterior customization packs (red, orange, black).
The most notable changes are to be found on the inside, however, with the arrival of a 9.3-inch multimedia screen, fitted vertically and angled towards the driver.
It offers access to the Renault Easy Link multimedia system (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) and to the vehicle’s Multi-Sense settings (driving mode, interior ambiance, etc.).
For the first time, this new Renault Clio also has a digital instrument panel (TFT display from 7-10 inches, depending on the model) replacing the tradition analog dashboard instruments.
Note that this new-generation Renault Clio also lands with a new Initiale Paris signature and sporty R.S. Line pack.
The Clio Initiale Paris gets more chrome detailing, as well as specific badges and rims. It features padded leather seats and a foamed leather steering wheel.
The R.S. Line model, directly inspired by Renault Sport, brings a sporty vibe to the compact car with features such as a honeycomb grille, special 17-inch wheel rims, sports seats, aluminum pedals a perforated leather steering wheel.
Engine specs will be announced in the run-up to the Geneva Motor Show.
As well as the classic gasoline and diesel versions, Renault could soon present a hybrid version of the Clio, followed later by a fully electric version of its bestseller.
Article source: https://citizen.co.za/motoring/motoring-news-motoring/2073650/all-about-the-new-fifth-gen-renault-clio
Renault has finally added some safety features to its entry-level Kwid hatchback. Here are the specifications and pricing details for the Renault Kwid.
Since its launch back in November 2016, the Renault Kwid has received criticism for offering derivates fitted with only 1 airbag and no ABS. Budget-minded new-car buyers do prioritise affordability over safety, but given the French car's erstwhile standard specification, it would not be considered for nomination in the Budget Car category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, for example. However, the Datsun Go was recently updated with the introduction of an anti-lock braking system and now it's the Renault Kwid's turn to receive improved stopping power.
The Kwid has enjoyed a fair degree of sales success (more than 20 000 vehicles have been sold in South Africa) and the Renault continues to sell strongly (around 1 000 units a month). For 2019, the model has received some updates, with the critical one being the introduction of ABS across the entire range. Smartphone mirroring in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now available from the Dynamique derivative and up.
The engine and transmission are carried over and for the record, the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces 50 kW and 91 Nm. There's an option of a 5-speed manual gearbox and an automated manual transmission (AMT). Fuel efficiency is pegged at 4.7 litres/100 km and 4.4 litres/100km for the AMT
Renault Kwid Price in South Africa (April 2019)The vehicle comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, plus a 2-year service plan, with services scheduled at 15 000 km intervals. 1-year’s Comprehensive Insurance Cover is also included. The Kwid is available at Group 1 Renault.
Book a Renault Kwid test drive today!
Article source: https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/renault-kwid-2019-spec-and-price/46549/