Renault Kwid EV will be launched in China soon. It has been seen testing for the first time ever
Renault showcased the Kwid Electric K-ZE concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The concept version has taken the form of the Renault Kwid EV and it has been caught testing in China. The car will first go on sale in the Chinese market before launching in India at a later stage.
The heavily camouflaged hatchback hides the changes quite well. The Kwid EV would be slightly different from the regular version of the car in terms of looks but the changes are well-hidden behind the camouflaged. The Kwid EV will be heavily inspired by the K-ZE concept showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
In terms of design changes, the Kwid EV is expected to get sleeker headlamps with LED lamps instead of halogen bulbs for lower power consumption, updated bumpers and a different set of alloy wheels. Renault may also put a blue highlight to make the electric version of the Kwid look much cooler.
The Kwid K-ZE concept had an impressive range of 250 km on a full-charge. The production version may not get such a long range but a 200 km range can be expected on a single charge. The interiors are expected to be updated too. The regular version of the Renault Kwid gets a small instrument cluster and the top-end versions also get a touchscreen infotainment system.
Not much is expected to be changed inside the cabin though. It should be noted that Renault is working with its Chinese partner Dongfeng under the mandatory government rule to develop the vehicle and explicit details are not available. The vehicle is based on the same platform as the Indian Kwid so it should not be a big hurdle in bringing the vehicle to the Indian market.
However, given the market situation on electric vehicles in India, Renault may wait for a few years before launching the vehicle in the Indian market. The Chinese market is one of the biggest consumers of electric cars in the world. It is not very shocking to see manufacturers investing in developing and launching new electric cars in the market.