Johannesburg - Renault’s entry-level Kwid has its fair share of shortcomings as you’ll see in our road test from last year, but given the market’s hunger for affordable vehicles, combined with its desire for trendy-looking crossovers, the little tyke has sold up a storm, consistently notching up sales of over 700 units a month.

In a bid to capitalise on this demand, Renault has just launched a spiced up version in South Africa.

Called the Kwid Extreme, and priced at R149 900 (a R15 000 premium over the Dynamique version), the new limited edition comes with 14-inch alloy wheels and an exterior styling pack of sorts. This includes chrome garnishes on the front bumper and tailgate, decals on the side as well as black roof rails and mudflaps.

The standard features list has been beefed up with the addition of reverse park sensors and drive-off locking. This is in addition to the 17.8cm touchscreen MediaNav system with Bluetooth that’s already fitted to the Dynamique, along with air conditioning, remote central locking, front electric windows and driver's side airbag.

Power comes from the familiar 1-litre normally aspirated petrol engine that produces 50kW and 91Nm.

For the record, the Kwid also boasts generous-for-the-segment boot space of 300 litres and a ground clearance of 180mm.

IOL Motoring