Renault pulls cover off the all-electric Kwid at Auto Shanghai 2019

by IndianAuto Team | 16/04/2019
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The Kwid electric vehicle has been revealed at Auto Shanghai and will be launched as two separate models, from two separate companies - Renault and Venucia

Renault City K-ZE front fascia

Renault City K-ZE gets a menacing front stance

When Renault revealed the Kwid to the world, the company already had plans of having an all-electric version of the compact hatchback. The electrified version of the Kwid has just broken cover as the K-ZE concept at the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2019. The Kwid EV will be launched in two differently badged versions in its final production form - the first will be launched by Renault and called the City K-ZE, while the second will be by Venucia and called the e30. The latter will be available only in the Chinese market. While the previous-generation Venucia e30 was based on the Nissan Leaf, the latest version will be a badge-engineered version of the Kwid EV.


Renault City K-ZE interior

Renault City K-ZE gets a familiar cabin but with better design cues and features

Coming to the City K-ZE, the car gets subtle but noticeable differences over the regular Kwid. The biggest highlight is the boomerang-shaped front fascia which consists of a backed-out closed grille which also gets two arc-shaped chrome strips running one on top of each other. The front fascia also gets its menacing look from the headlamps which, arguably, gets hints of the Bugatti Chiron. As good as the City K-ZE is to look at from outside, step inside and it features a modern-looking instrument cluster, a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 4G WiFi and a rotary gear selector.


Renault City K-ZE interior dashboard

Renault City K-ZE also adds a host premium-looking touches around the cabin

When it comes to dimension, the City K-ZE gets a 2,423 mm-long wheelbase with a goo 150 mm of ground clearance. While Renault hasn’t released complete specifications of the electric compact hatch yet, it has been officially confirmed that its battery pack takes 4 hours to charge to charge to 100% in slow-charging mode but only 50 minutes to charge from 0% to 80% in fast-charging mode. In its final production version, the battery pack is tuned to deliver a range (NEDC) of around 250 km. More details will surface when the car gets closer to its Chinese launch. Specifications of the 2019 Venucia e30 aren’t out yet, but expect it to also feature the same battery-pack which offers a range of around 250 km. Production should take place alongside the Renault Kwid EV in Shiyan (Hubei Province) in central China.

Renault City K-ZE rear-right three quarter

Renault City K-ZE gets the same basic silhouette as the Kwid, albeit with more aggressive design cues

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