Looking for a small car with some aggressive SUV styling and a low, low price tag?
Renault might have the answer with the new Kwid Extreme, which is a limited edition of the existing Kwid compact crossover.
The Extreme package doesn’t add much in terms of the driving experience, but rather tries to amplify the styling slightly. For an additional few thousand, you get some chrome accents, 14-inch rims and some black rails on the roof.
The standard interior specification, including standard air conditioner, electric front windows and onboard navigation, is complemented by rear parking distance control to guide the driver into even the tightest of parking spots. The doors now also automatically lock above speeds of 20km/h.
The Kwid is powered by a 1,0l 3-cylinder engine, which produces 50kW and 91Nm of torque. That doesn’t sound like much, but the whole car weighs less than 1000kg, so it actually feels much faster than the power figures would have you believe.
The Extreme costs R150 000, which includes a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at15 000km intervals, with optional service plans available.
Mahindra recently launched the all-new Pik Up, based on the Scorpio SUV.
While its looks might be divisive, there’s nothing wrong with the pricing. A brand-new double cab only costs R324 995 and even the most expensive 4×4 model retails for R354 995.
It’s powered by a 2,2l 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The power output is rated at 103kW and 320Nm of torque.
The S10 top-of-the-line model features a colour touch-screen display, cruise control, navigation and a multi-function steering wheel. On the safety front, you get ABS, EBD, 2 airbags and Isofix anchors for child seats.
The pricing includes a 4 Year /120 000 km Warranty and roadside assistance, and a 5 Year / 90 000 km Service Plan. Services are at 20 000 km intervals or every 12 months, whichever comes first.