Renault is trying to boost its falling sales in the car market of India with the launch of new car models and refreshed products. The Renault Kwid is by far the bestselling model from the house of this French carmaker. While Renault has recently launched the refreshed range of the Kwid entry-level hatchback model, the company is working on several new variants and even all-new models based on the Kwid. Renault is also known to be preparing to bring in the all-electric version of the Kwid hatch in this country. The French automaker has not yet confirmed the launch of the Kwid electric model nor has it revealed any specific timeline for such a model. However, as per the recent reports, Renault is likely to launch the Electric Kwid in the Indian car market in the next couple of years.
The Renault Kwid is one of the cheapest car models available in the current Indian car market, and the Kwid all-electric version is also expected to come with a cost-effective price tag. However, even the Kwid electric is not expected to come with a tag of below Rs. 6 lakhs. Post its Indian launch, the Renault Electric Kwid will be fighting head-on with the Mahindra E2O.
It is also a known fact that Renault’s team of Indian engineers who developed the Kwid have gone to China in order to help the development process of the hatchback model’s all-electric model. While the Indian engineers are helping with the overall development and the battery accommodation process, the Chinese engineers are putting in their battery and battery-management system expertise for the new upcoming electric Kwid, which will first go on sale in China.
As per sources, the basic architecture the CMF-A platform of the Electric Kwid has been developed in India, while the Chinese engineers are going to offer their battery and battery-management system knowledge into the project. The Kwid electric version is likely to launch in China in the coming 12-18 months, and only after that we can expect it to come to India. The company had also said earlier that once the Kwid electric hits China, there are no reasons why it shouldn’t be exported to markets like India, Brazil and the Middle East.
The Managing Director of Renault India, Sumit Sawhney said that the company has to bring the right product to the market. Currently, 40 percent of the cost of an electric vehicle is the battery cost. Localization is a crucial factor, if the product needs to be cost-effective.
The French automaker has already announced its 2022 global business strategy, which includes the launch of Renault electric vehicles in India. Internationally, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is busy preparing bringing in a slew of electric vehicles. However, both the companies are waiting for more clarity on the Indian government's electric vehicle policy before they take any launch decisions.
In India, the ongoing Renault Kwid hatchback is offered with two petrol engine choices - an 800 cc mill and a 1.0 litre unit. Both the petrol engines have been paired with a 5 speed manual transmission, while the 1.0 litre version also offers an AMT gearbox option.