It has been known since some time now that Renault is working on the electric version of its popular Kwid hatchback. However, for the first time now, here are clear visuals of the exterior design of the Kwid EV. Patent images of the Kwid-based electric vehicle have surfaced online and they give a pretty good look at how the production version of the car may look like.
The Renault Kwid EV first made its debut in concept form as the Renault K-ZE at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Talking of the car here, the pictures tell us about a host of changes made on the Kwid EV. Going by the leaked images, the car will get a new nose. A new closed section grille will be the main distinguishing feature which will tell it apart from the regular Kwid. apart from this, the Kwid EV might come with 3-pod LED headlights and integrated LED DRLs. The Kwid EV has black cladding around the wheel arches and on the door panels. At the rear, the car has wraparound tail lights and a dual-tone bumper. A new set of alloy wheels is also expected to come with the new car.
As of now, technical details upon battery capacity and range of the Renault Kwid EV are unknown. What is known is that it is being developed in partnership with a Chinese manufacturer, Dongfeng. The Kwid EV is will have a driving range of more than 250 km which makes it a pretty decent car to live with in day to day usage. The production of the Kwid EV is expected to start by the end of this year in China but India launch will now happen before 2022.
The Renault Kwid EV will be produced at Dongfeng’s production facility in Shiyan in Central China. This manufacturing facility, based in the Hubei Province, has the ability to manufacture up to 1,20,000 units of vehicles annually. The French automaker had earlier confirmed that it will launch four new models in India by 2022 and the company has been keeping itself quite busy with the various projects it has planned for India. It is expected that the Kwid EV will be launched with a sticker price of around Rs. 6 lakhs (ex-showroom), and this could make it a game changer here..
India will finally witness the age of electric vehicles in the coming years. Many manufacturers have been planning to bring in India specific electric cars of late and the list includes big names like Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra among others. Many others are expected to jump in the bandwagon once more concrete government policies are laid in front regarding the matter of EVs. Though EVs may not exactly be the future of automobiles, they can be regarded as a short time alternative to the internal combustion engine.