Dacia has revealed the production version of the Spring EV concept that we saw earlier this year. In case you missed the whole story, the Spring is a Dacia-badged Renault K-ZE that is now on sale in China. The K-ZE is, of course, an all-electric version of the Renault Kwid.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about the styling. The Spring retains the facelifted Kwid‘s design language with dual lamp setup at the front and adds its own grille pattern. Unlike the concept which showed a charging port on the front right fender, the production version has it behind the aforementioned front grille.
Anyway, similar to the concept, the taillights have a Y-shaped detailing, and the same has been replicated on the side decals. Renault terms the wheels as ‘Flexwheels’, as they are nothing but 14-inch steel rims designed to look like alloy wheels, which is a cost-effective solution. The Spring’s “SUV looks” are enhanced with a 150 mm ground clearance (unladen).
The orange accents you’re seeing in this example is, in fact, an optional package on the launch version.
The cabin features a Dacia branded steering wheel with voice recognition activation button; a 3.5-inch MID nestled between the dials; a 7-inch touchscreen display, and Apple Carplay & Android Auto connectivity. Safety features include 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, SOS button, automatic headlight activation, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
In case you’re wondering, the Spring offers 300 litres of luggage capacity, which can be expanded to 600 litres with the rear bench folded down.
Moving on to the business end of the story, the Spring has a single electric motor at the front, developing 45 hp (33 kW) and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) of torque, drawing juice from a 26.8 kWh battery pack that is claimed to offer a range of up to 225 km (139 mi) as per WLTP. The WLTP City range is claimed to be 295 km (183 mi). The EV can do a top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph).
As for charging, the Spring can be charged via a 220-volt home socket with a supplied cable (2.3 kW) as standard, on a Wallbox (with an optional cable — 3.7 or 7.4 kW), or at a DC fast-charging station. The battery pack is capable of up to 30 kW DC fast-charging, with which, up to 80% can be filled up in less than an hour, according to Renault.
Order books will open in spring 2021. Dacia is also planning a version for shared mobility business and another one for cargo.