In a race of developing electric cars, Renault isn’t left behind either as the company is currently developing an electric version of its low-budget Kwid hatchback, dubbed as the entry level crossover.
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said in an interview to Automotive News:
“Once it (Kwid electric) works in China, there’s no reason you’re not going to export the car to India, to Brazil, to the Middle East.”
Ghosn claimed to have also driven a prototype of the ‘very well engineered and low-cost car’ indicating that the vehicle is in advanced stages of development before going into full-fledged production sometime later next year or in 2019.
The Kwid electric will be launched in China first, since China has emerged not just as the biggest electric vehicle market but as the production hub of electric vehicles for all global manufacturers.
The Kwid is one of the most successful small cars by Renault. It has already crossed 100,000 unit sales milestone in India and ranks 2nd after the best selling Maruti Alto.
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The Kwid is the first car to be based on Renault’s CMFA platform jointly developed by Renault and Nissan and is available with 800cc (56hp) and 1000cc (67hp) engine options mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT transmission. In India the Kwid is priced from just INR 2.73 lac (PKR 4.38 lac) for the base 800cc version and goes as high as INR 4.64 lac (PKR 7.45 lac) for the fully loaded 1000cc variant.
The 800cc Kwid is one hope for the Pakistani people to get a quality small car in under 1.0 million price tag since Renault partnering with Al-Futtaim has intended to launch its cars in Pakistan by 2019.