Renault City K-ZE revealed for Chinese market
Renault City K-ZE crossover to go on sale in China in 2019, with possible European debut in 2021
The new Renault City K-ZE has been revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, with sales set to begin in China later in 2019.
It’s an all-electric version of the Renault Kwid crossover: a small, cheap SUV that isn’t available in Europe. Renault is open to the idea of selling the City K-ZE here in the future, although not before 2021 at the earliest.
A spokesperson told our sister title Auto Express: “Several countries are being studied, including [in] Europe, and this also relies on the interest of the specific market.”
Performance details haven’t been confirmed, but the concept version of the K-ZE revealed last year targeted a range of 155 miles from a single charge, based on the old NEDC efficiency test.
While the range is far from groundbreaking, Renault says the City K-ZE will be suited to urban environments. No price has been given, although it should be affordable when it arrives.
Inside, the interior is almost identical to the Kwid SUV: the dashboard features an eight-inch touchscreen, displaying infotainment and sat nav. 4G internet and voice control feature, with 300 litres of boot space behind the rear seats.
The City K-ZE will be built in China as part of a joint venture between Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Chinese carmaker Dongfeng. Renault is aiming to sell 550,000 electric cars in China by 2022, with the K-ZE being pitched as a big contributor to that target figure.
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