Unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Show, the Kwid Concept is aimed squarely at a young market of Indian gamers. This is indeed how a 21st century SuperMario would roll – oversized wheels protruding past the fenders, electric vertical-opening doors and protective guards. It may scare stray elephants, but it’s a comic superhero look that hides a two-wheel drive, with a downsized 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged engine that’s also geared to be fuelled by electricity.
When the going gets weird, the weird put three seats up front, with the driver in the middle and slightly forward. Surprisingly, this meets international driving standards for both right-hand and left-hand drive markets, but the madness doesn’t end there.
The Flying Companion is a device that takes off from the rotating rear portion of the Kwid Concept’s roof so that it can perform functions such as scouting traffic, detecting upcoming obstacles, taking pictures and scaring birds away. It operates in auto mode using a pre-programmed flying sequence and GPS location, or it can be controlled in manual mode (hopefully not by the driver) using a tablet inside the vehicle.
This is a true concept car gunning for big fun in a small car – strange as it is, it just might be the way of the future.