- Renault has revealed the new budget EV City K ZE.
- It is based on Renault Kwid.
- The City K ZE EV is built on the modified CMF-A platform.
- The new budget EV will be launched in China this year.
- It is claimed to offer an impressive range of 250 km.
French car major, Renault has revealed its new electric hatchback, Renault City K ZE. The concept form of the electric hatchback was first previewed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Renault will soon launch the budget EV hatchback in China sometime this year, however, there is yet no clarity in terms of its India launch.
The new City K ZE EV is based on Kwid and shares underpinnings with the latter. For those not in the know, Kwid and Datsun redi-GO are built on Renault-Nissan’s cost-effective CMF-A platform, which also forms a base for the new budget EV. Renault has reportedly modified the platform thoroughly to make it suitable for the EV. With the changes made to the CMF-A platform, the EV could be altered for different markets. With a wheelbase measuring 2,423mm, it is positioned beneath Zoe EV in Renault’s international line-up.
Visually the City K ZE EV takes cues from the updated Kwid as it gets elements like split headlamp unit in front with LED daytime running lights, reworked bumper at front and rear, redesigned alloy wheels, restyled tail lamp and faux rear skid plate. List of features on the inside includes a large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and a rear-view camera. As for cargo space, the petite EV is said to offer storage space of 300-litre. In addition to the above features, it also gets a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Renault City K ZE is claimed to offer an impressive range of 250 km as per the NEDC test cycle. It is also likely to come with multiple charging modes including a fast charge function that can charge up to 80% battery within 50 minutes. On slow charge, the EV will take around 4 hours to get fully charged. Renault will produce the new City K ZE EV in China in collaboration with eGT New Energy Automotive under a joint venture between Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng.