After recently adding an automated manual derivative to its Kwid range, Renault South Africa has now launched a limited-edition variant dubbed the Kwid Climber.
Based on the Dynamique trim level, the Kwid Climber features an exterior styling pack that adds to its faux-SUV look, and is available in either Electric Blue or Planet Grey hues.
Renault SA says it will offer just 200 units, all in five-speed manual guise and each priced at R148 900 (that’s R11 000 more than the manual Dynamique variant).
So, what do you get for the extra cash? Well, in addition to the model-specific paintjob, there’s added protective cladding on the bumpers, as well as orange accents on the roof, side-mirrors and front bumper. “Climber” decals have also been applied to the front doors.
Inside, you’ll find a piano black facia with orange detailing (a treatment also applied to the door trims, air vents, gearknob and steering wheel) as well as the “Climber” insignia on the headrests of the two-tone seats.
The Kwid Climber uses the same 1,0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as the other variants in the local range, sending 50 kW and 91 N.m to the front wheels. As with its siblings, the Kwid Climber is equipped with a driver’s airbag, but does without ABS (an issue we highlighted in our original road test), although Renault SA has stated that it expects ABS to be available for the local Kwid towards the second half of 2019.
Renault Kwid Expression: R127 900
Renault Kwid Dynamique: R137 900
Renault Kwid Dynamique AMT: R147 900 Renault Kwid Climber: R148 900
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