Renault Unveils New K-ZE SUV-Inspired, Affordable EV

OCT 1 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 55

Ahead of the opening of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Renault unveils a real shocker.

Meet the Renault K-ZE.

It’s an SUV-inspired, affordable electric car, according to Renault. And it’s stylish as heck, too.

For Renault, the K-ZE represents the future direction of electric cars, meaning that we’ll likely see more of the high-riding platform under its upcoming EVs.

Though short on actual details, Renault does state this in regards to the K-ZE:

A pioneer and leader in 100% electric mobility, Groupe Renault unveiled showcar Renault K-ZE, a new global A-segment, SUV-inspired electric vehicle, capable of 250 km NEDC – the best autonomy in its segment. It features a seductive, sporty design with assertive lines and a muscular, compact footprint. Beyond its attractive design, Renault K-ZE is also easy to charge thanks to a double charging system compatible with domestic plugs and public infrastructures.

Its range of 250 km NEDC (like 120-ish miles EPA estimate) is rather disappointing among the new crop of EVs, but perhaps its “affordable” price will entice?

The K-ZE will eventually launch in China next, though no precise timeframe was provided. It later will go on sale in Europe. It’s unlikely it will ever be sold in the U.S., though perhaps a Nissan or Mitsubishi version will be?

The tiny EV will be manufactured in China by eGT New Energy Automotive Co, the joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan, created “to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market,” says Renault.

Full press blast below:

Groupe Renault announces new, affordable electric vehicles and shares vision for new mobility experience

New EV Model: global, affordable, electric, Renault K-ZE supports the Groupe Renault’s international expansion and will come first in China.

Electrification: Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid versions of Clio, Megane and Captur coming in Europe.

New Mobility: Group unveils Augmented Editorial Experience to link premium content with new mobility.

Paris, France, 1 October, 2018 – Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn today announced two steps forward in the company’s continued electrification of its Renault range, as outlined in the strategic plan Drive the Future: a new, affordable urban electric vehicle in 2019, coming first to China, and new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options on three of its popular vehicles in 2020. He also shared Renault’s vision for next-generation, on-board experiences with an exciting peek at the Augmented Editorial Experience that will be shown on Oct 2 at the Paris Motor Show.

New Products, new markets

A pioneer and leader in 100% electric mobility, Groupe Renault unveiled showcar Renault K-ZE, a new global A-segment, SUV-inspired electric vehicle, capable of 250km NEDC – the best autonomy in its segment. It features a seductive, sporty design with assertive lines and a muscular, compact footprint. Beyond its attractive design, Renault K-ZE is also easy to charge thanks to a double charging system compatible with domestic plugs and public infrastructures. Renault K-ZE comes with a host of equipment maximizing the experience of driving an electric vehicle such as rear parking sensors, rear view camera and a central screen with connected navigation and services.

China is the largest and fastest-growing market for electric vehicles and Renault K-ZE will therefore come first in China. It will be manufactured locally by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co, the Joint Venture with Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan created to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market.

“Groupe Renault was a pioneer and is the European leader in electric vehicles. We are introducing Renault K-ZE, an affordable, urban, SUV-inspired electric model combining the best of Groupe Renault: our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable vehicles and in forging strong partnerships”, said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Renault.

Renault also confirmed its plans to further electrify its range in its 2020 product refresh cycle, offering hybrid on Clio and plug-in hybrid on Megane and Captur, giving consumers the possibility to go electric in the models they know and love. e-Tech, an innovative, 100% Renault in-house technology, enables Renault to offer hybrid versions on B and C segment models.

Premium content and reinvented onboard experiences

Also at tonight’s press conference, Mr. Ghosn discussed how on-board experiences evolve with the advent of new mobility. As mobility continues open up new possibilities for connected and autonomous cars, users will seek for more sophisticated on-board experiences to maximize travel time – personally and professionally. Demonstrating the next step in Renault’s investment stake in French media group Challenges, Mr. Ghosn revealed a new vision for the future of mobile content – an Augmented Editorial Experience (AEX). This immersive experience combining content, connectivity services, media and mobility, will turn travel time into a learning experience beyond driving and beyond the car itself.

“With the advent of connected, autonomous vehicles, customers will expect more of their traveling time. Experimenting with Groupe Challenges, we imagine what tomorrow’s connected, personalized mobility experience could be”, Carlos Ghosn said. “Access to premium content delivered through unique on-board experiences for drivers and passengers will become key differentiators”.

An immersive Augmented Editorial Experience will appear on the Renault stand at the Paris Motor Show. Inside a full-size capsule, through 4 scenarios in a 222-degree projection, visitors will experience how their daily time spent in a car might be different, through the benefit of enhanced on-board experiences and premium, adaptive, personalized content developed by Groupe Challenges.

The AEX capsule sits alongside a new Renault luxury concept car, which is an electric, autonomous, connected robo-vehicle, making it easy for people to imagine what the experience might be like in the autonomous drive car of the future.

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55 Comments on "Renault Unveils New K-ZE SUV-Inspired, Affordable EV"

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John Norris

Why is anyone quoting NEDC these days? Unbelievable!

Dougie

In fact I think it became illegal to quote NEDC after September 2nd 2018.

Basically… there is no believable range claim yet. Renault should get on that soon 🙂

Jax

After September 2nd 2017 maybe.. This is new car.

R.S

In China they apparently still rate their vehicles on NEDC. But Tesla actually still only quotes NEDC on their European websites. So who knows what’s legal and what not.

deine Mutter

Tesla should have them tested by now but it is possible that they hope they will be threatened with a fine so they can play the victim card.

antrik

“During the period of transition (up until the end of 2018), only NEDC values should be used on labels and information in dealerships to enable consumers to compare different cars.”

Tesla is doing it correctly.

Nick

To hide the poor range.

Leo B

This car is for the Chinese market. Current Chinese emission (and EV range) regulations are China5, which basically is Euro5/NEDC. China6 (Euro6 WLTP without RDE) will be introduced july 2020, China6b (Euro6 WLTP with RDE) in july 2023. So for the coming years NEDC figures will be relevant for the Chinese market.

EV-A

I like that new cars with different specs at different prices come to market. 250 km is a decent range weighed against price.

I am a little skeptical on (yet another) new plug type though. Any further information on that? It doesn’t make sense to me to add yet another one? Even though it states: “Renault K-ZE is also easy to charge thanks to a double charging system compatible with domestic plugs and public infrastructures.” At first glance it also appears to be prone to rain-damage when docked? Or am I misunderstanding?

Joe

it is probably around $8000 or less in China which is super competitive, even with 120 miles EPA

SouthWaves

This is not a Concept car at all. It was developed in India and sold there and Brasil for some U$9000.-. As the RENAULT KWID, Cool looking little car (It’s marketed as an Urban SUV) and sells like hotcakes given its price (note that cars are extremely expensive in Brasil… A Corolla will be some U$30k and is considered a “Luxurious Car”). It has a 1.0 lts 69HP, 3 cilinder engine and makes some 75 MPG to to its low weight (less than 1600 Lbs). Given that the engine and gearbox are the heaviest components in the car it’s a perfect candidate to became a BEV. If they manage to keep the low price (cheapest car in the Brasiian Market…less than 40% of the cost of a Golf) it has the potencial to be a huge sales succès in India, China and Europe. The first versions did pretty bad in crash tests but the new one has it solved a incorporates 6 airbags. Although it looks good it’s really tiny and only usable as a commute car for 2 adults or 2 adults + Children. In the back seats

viriato

I think this car is not for Europe. But I bet Dacia will develope a car based on this platform, but with other design and better characteristics, specially in safety and technology on board.

Ron M

Wait a second you can buy a brand new EV in China for $9,000.00 US dollars in China. In the high rise buildings those apartments sell for $350,000.

Renault would never recover there design costs selling them for $9,000.00 US dollars.

John Doe

Yeah. . Don’t know why. Could it be a new 3 fase connector made for faster home charging? Cheaper to make without the flap? Prone to dust and moisture?

If the price is OK, I’m sure this will sell well.

eject

It’s a Chinese/India AC plug.

Davek

I’m not sure this is the case… China requires a female type 2 plug on cars, which looks nothing like this. No idea what the Indian plugs look like, but I can’t imagine they look like this. I think this is just a silly design concept that Renault has come up with that even they don’t give a snowball’s chance of ever getting implemented.

arne-nl

250 km is not a decent range. It’s NEDC. Expect around 120-170 km in real world conditions.

This one must be priced very low to sell. Like € 15 k + some super cheap battery rental.

viriato

How many people do more than 100 km a day?. In most of countries, not much. That range is decent enough, specially if we look at price.

Prsnep

“Its range of 250 km NEDC (like 120-ish miles EPA estimate) is rather disappointing among the new crop of EVs, but perhaps its “affordable” price will entice?”

We have got to stop pretending that every electric must have 200+ miles of electric range. Big batteries come with big price tags. Some people strictly need a commuter car and lower barrier to entry is better.

offib

Rewind 30 months and 100 mile range with 20 mile buffer would be perfect to hear. $/kWh is another thing, but let’s not forget how versatile even 120 real world miles are. We said the same thing for 80 mile range LEAFs. Or have we just become less merciful with expectations? True, but let’s try not to push the cart down the track of battery haulin, amp sucking pigs.

Loict

Could that be the electric “kwid” that Renault has been teasing for 8500$ in China?

Nono13

A French site confirms that’s the electric Kwid, the first segment A EV from Renault.

SouthWaves

Hope they can produce it fast enough. It’s going to be a huge sales success

SouthWaves

It’s the electric KWID

Benz

What will probably be the price when it will be offered in Europe?

SouthWaves

As a reference the KWID in Brasil sells for less than $9000 while a Golf would be almost $25k and a Corolla $30k. So it’s really cheap (cheapest car in Brasil)

offib

So it’s just a Z.E concept of a Renault Captur?

JP

This one is an electrified Kwid, a segment A car. The Captur is a segment B car.

viriato

The new Captur will be released next year, but will not has a electric version. Otherwise, PHEV version with new transmision technology without clutch and 9,8 kwh battery, was confirmed for 2020. This tech, will be fitted in the Megane faclifted for 2020 too.

Lars Hastrup

And still no trailerhitch ?

dam

super nice.All the good EV are going to be Chinese 🙁

SouthWaves

Actually the KWID is an Indian car

buutvrij

In the EU, it might temper the ‘succes’ of the €20.000 Sono Motors Sion a bit allthough that one it seems, is bigger.

eject

This car is smaller than the Zoe. It is the electric version of the Renault Kwid.

SouthWaves

Think E10k, it’s a really small and cheap car

viriato

A car designed for emergent markets specially, very simple to made, cheap to buy and run, but usefull enough.

JD55

250km NDEC = 130km in real life and is the old 22kw battery pack of the Zoe

Will

Put a 40kw battery with a Nissan badge

SouthWaves

The ICE version (Renault KWID) weights only 790 kilograms, so a 28Kw battery would be the obvious choice. Remember it’s a small city car and most drivers commute less than 40 miles a day. Given that it weights half of a Nissan Lead, a 28kw battery would be more than enough for some 3 or 4 days driving for 9p% of the people

Dan F.

Yes, the Nissan Lead is heavy, or at least dense.

Fan D.

In terms of density, always ahead of the pack!

Alan Campbell

Nice little city commuter EV, especially for the China market. And at 120 miles, I could go 3 days between charges based on my daily commutes. So being able to charge at home and drive off with a full pack daily works. Small EVs are BIG in China now and growing in popularity due to their low cost. Tesla will be reaching for the sub $25k market as well soon, especially in China.

SouthWaves

Exactly my thoughts, 3 day autonomy for most people.

Antonio Briz Ena

What about battery to Renault Fluence ze? Near three years waiting hired battery replacement from Overlease and Renault. They only say no battery stock.
Dont buy Renault, please.

David Wolff

Was I squinting for minutes trying to see where they show how much or does someone else see it? How much is it? How many and by when?

John Doe

If good value for money, I could use one of these in a year og two. Maybe sooner if I’ll change my main income source..

G2

Why does the article (and Renault) quote n NEDC range when that standard has been replaced by the more accurate WLTP?
http://wltpfacts.eu/from-nedc-to-wltp-change/

arne-nl

Another one of those SUV’s/crossovers needed to compensate for eroding self-confidence.

I rarely comment on styling, but this thing is awfully ugly. Styled by a Chinese 8-year old or so. A pity, since the Zoe is nice.

The charging plug is interesting.

Terawatt

I can’t see even a rough estimate for price anywhere here, so it’s difficult to know how to react to this news. But I do think there’s much greater need for a significantly cheaper EV entrypoint than there is for another relatively affordable, but still kind of expensive, longer-range car. So while I wouldn’t want to buy it, I welcome it if the price is right. I’m sure there is HUGE demand in the EU for a sub-€20k EV with enough range to function as most peoples daily driver. Europeans drive less than Americans and if it can do 120 miles EPA it is *way* more practical than the LEAFs of 2011-2017 – for much less money.

viriato

Carlos Gosh said a time ago, they were going to put in the chinese market soon, an afordable electric car, under 8-9000 $. And probably the electric Kwid will be that car.

antrik

Which means ~$20,000 before subsidies, which means it will likely be >€20,000 when it comes to Europe…

viriato

I think this car anticipes the new electric low cost, based on ICE Kwid. But I don’t know if Renault will sell this car in Europe, even under Dacia badge because Renault will must introduce a lot of modifications about safety, and there is a problem about import taxes too, very important in a cheap car like this. I bet for an independent Dacia design based on this platform for Europe and build in Europe.
Anyway, the car is cool and the electric performance is quite enough for a city use. If is so cheap as intended, could smash the market.

Sunny Minnesota

“perhaps its “affordable” price will entice?”
No.

Benedictus

Sad.

AutoDataNet

a bit of Dacia in it