It has been a known fact that Renault is busy working on the all-electric version of the popular Kwid hatchback. However, this new upcoming Renault Kwid EV will be first launched in the car market of China, while the Indian market is still under consideration. The Kwid EV’s test prototype has been recently caught testing wearing heavy camouflages. The spy shots have emerged from China, which is pretty obvious, as it will be the first market to get this EV.
The French car maker has already showcased theK-ZE concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, which is the preview to the Kwid electric version. Despite the test prototype model’s thick veils, the vehicle’s glasshouse and the light clusters were visible. As far as it could be ascertained from the spy shots, the test mule gets sleek headlights as well as tail lights that seem to be very similar to that of the concept. The smooth camouflage over the grille area indicates a closed-off grille as was shown on the K-ZE concept. However, the real car seems to be little different in some styling from that of the concept model, which only seems to be obvious for practical reasons. For instance, the door mirrors looks larger than ones shown on the concept. The facelift model of the Kwid, which will be launched in India in the future, is also likely to get design updates very similar to the K-ZE based Kwid EV.
There are yet no details regarding the upcoming all-electric Renault Kwid model’s under the hood specifications. However, the K-ZE electric concept model had a claimed travel range of 250 km in the NEDC cycle. The concept also endowed with the capability of charging its battery pack through both domestic charging sockets as well as through public charging network.
As already mentioned, the production version of the Renault Kwid EV is going to debut in the car market of Chinese, which is the world’s largest car market and set to be largest EV market as well. The Kwid EV is likely to be introduced in 2019 and will be manufactured by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co, which is a joint venture between Nissan and the Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Group.
It has been also reported several times that Renault has all intensions of introducing the all-electric version of the Kwid in India. However, the French car maker is still studying the market and waiting for the Indian government to introduce some clear policies for the development of the electric car market. Thus, the Kwid EV might take a while to arrive in the car market of India. For the time being, the Senior Vice President and Chairman at Renault for Africa, Middle-East and India, Fabrice Cambolive said that the company has plans to at least one electric vehicle model in India by the year 2022, which will be a part of Renault’s ‘Drive the Future’ mid-term plan 2017-2022.
Meanwhile, we know that Renault India is working to launch a new sub-4 metre compact MPV model based on the Kwid platform, which is likely to debut towards late 2019.