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Last Updated : Sep 13, 2019 05:57 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Renault launches City K-ZE in China, could be launched as Kwid Facelift in India

The City K-ZE is equipped with a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery which gives the car a range of 240km on a full charge.

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Renault will launch a Kwid-based multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). This MPV will measure less than four meters and will be the smallest vehicle of its class in India (Image source: Renault)
Renault will launch a Kwid-based multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). This MPV will measure less than four meters and will be the smallest vehicle of its class in India (Image source: Renault)

Renault’s City K-ZE has made its official debut in China. While the hatchback is an all-electric version of the Kwid, its design and aesthetics indicate that the Kwid facelift could look similar upon launch in India.

The French automobile manufacturer has built the City K-ZE on the same platform as the Kwid, which is the CMF-A platform. However, since it is an electric car, it gets an all-electric drivetrain in place of the internal combustion engine.

The City K-ZE is equipped with a 26.8kWh lithium-ion battery which gives the car a range of 240km on a full charge. This battery powers an electric motor which makes 44PS of maximum power and 125Nm of peak torque. The City K-ZE has a claimed top speed of 105kmph.

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Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, it is expected that Renault will borrow design cues from the car for the upcoming Kwid facelift in India. The City K-ZE is equipped with a set of split headlamps with LED DRLs, along with a flowing grille. It also gets LED taillamp units and an SUV-like rear bumper. Renault could also borrow the brand-new fully digital instrument cluster, along with the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with phone app connectivity, from the Triber.

Mechanically the car is expected to be unchanged and could carry forward both its engine options. It gets a 1-litre petrol engine which makes 68PS of maximum power and 91Nm of peak torque. Its alternative is an 800CC engine which makes 54PS and 72Nm . Both engines should be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, with an optional AMT.

Renault has not announced any plans of launching the City K-ZE in India yet. However, it can be expected that the Kwid facelift will be launched in India soon. Considering its changes and upgrades, the Kwid facelift could have a higher base price than its current-gen cost of Rs 3.31 lakh (Ex-showroom).

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First Published on Sep 13, 2019 05:57 pm
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