Renault has confirmed that its all-electric K-ZE city car will make its global debut at this year’s Shanghai Motor Show. The firm’s SUV-inspired supermini was previewed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, with the promise that it would reach the Chinese market by the end of 2019 before being rolled out across the global marketplace.
The Renault K-ZE has an all-electric NEDC-verified range of 155 miles, making it competitive with the recently-announced Honda e Prototype. Like most modern EVs, the K-ZE will also come with a ‘double charging system,’ compatible with both 240V domestic plugs and public fast-chargers.
Renault’s latest EV does a good job of targeting its Chinese audience, as all K-ZEs will come with parking sensors, a reversing camera, a central infotainment screen and built in sat-nav. While these features are commonplace in Europe and the UK, it will set it will set the K-ZE apart from many China-only EVs.
Styling-wise, the K-ZE looks much like an electrified Dacia Sandero Stepway. The front is dominated by a blanked-off, V-shaped radiator grille and LED daytime running lights. From the side, it adopts the Stepway’s rugged black plastic cladding, while the rear shares similarities with the outgoing Renault Clio.
The K-ZE will be built in China by the e-GT New Energy Automotive Company. The manufacturing firm was set up after the Renault Alliance’s joint venture with Chinese car company, Dongfeng, tasked with handling the K-ZE’s production.
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