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Renault City K-ZE debuts in Shanghai with promising looks

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As we know already, the Renault Kwid is a blockbuster in India. However, when it comes to its all-electric version, it makes sense for a debut in the world’s largest and fastest growing electric vehicle market.

The designers have done a great job in transforming the concept design into the production model we’re seeing here. The Kwid was always designed to look like a micro SUV, and the City K-ZE takes it to a next level with dual lamp set-up and aggressively designed bumpers. The squarish wheel arches, one of the signature design elements of the Kwid, have been carried over and so are the roof rails.

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The interiors too appear a lot more premium than the conventionally-powered Kwid models. There are tastefully applied blue accents to add more flair to the cabin. Feature list includes 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, 4G Wi-Fi and smart voice recognition.

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The car also features PM2.5 sensors and air quality control system, which enables evaluation of cabin air quality and automatic switching between interior and exterior air circulation, Renault said. Owners can also control certain features of the car remotely via an app. Safety features include Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

We can also notice semi-digital instrument cluster and electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs. The power window switches are positioned just below the infotainment system.

The wheelbase measures 2,423 mm – almost same as the Kwid, and boot space measures 300 litres. Ground clearance is at 150 mm.

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In an email response, Renault’s spokesperson said that the technical details would be shared at a later date. However, the K-ZE is claimed to take only 50 minutes to charge from 0 to 80% via fast charging, otherwise it would take 4 hours to charge to 100% if its a slow charge. The vehicle is compatible with both 220V domestic plugs and public infrastructures.

Renault City K-ZE will be produced in China as part of the eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and the local manufacturer Dongfeng.

Dongfeng will be selling a badge-engineered version called Venucia e30.

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