At Auto Shanghai, Renault is currently presenting the series version of its all-electric SUV-styled city car called the K-ZE. The car has been made for release on the Chinese market this year.
The fully-electric SUV is Renault’s smallest electric car to date and was first presented as a concept at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 2018. At that time the French company claimed the urban model has a range of 250 km. The SUV-styled K-ZE can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in 50 minutes in rapid charging mode, has a wheelbase of 2,423mm and a boot capacity of 300 litres. Inside, the model features a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone compatibility. The car should be inexpensive but neither an exact price nor further technical details have been released.
The K-ZE is based on the Renault and Nissan CMF-A platform, which also serves as the basis for the Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi-Go models currently sold on the Indian market. However, Renault has already announced in advance that the platform for the K-ZE will be significantly modified, which is due both to the car’s electric drive and to expectations in various markets.
The Renault City K-ZE will be the first production vehicle from the eGT New Energy Automotive joint venture between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and the Chinese automobile manufacturer Dongfeng designed in China. Despite being initially intended for the Chinese market, Renault stresses that the K-ZE was developed according to “European quality standards”. If the model turns out to be a success in China, it will be introduced in a number of global markets, including Europe.
Renault makes no secret of the fact that K-ZE has an important role to play in drastically increasing sales in China. By 2022, the French company aims to launch nine passenger car models in the People’s Republic – including three electric cars – and to achieve annual sales of 550,000 vehicles.