Unveiling the Renault Kwid EV/Dacia Spring: New Features, Range, and Design

The anticipated budget-friendly electric vehicle from the Renault-Nissan alliance has officially made its debut as the Dacia Spring EV, soon to be recognized as the Renault Kwid EV upon its potential launch. Boasting a fresh cabin, updated exterior design, and an extended range, the Dacia Spring stands as the second-generation vehicle from Dacia. Here are the top highlights of this exciting new entry into the electric vehicle market.

Exterior Design Evolution: The Renault Kwid EV, inheriting the silhouette that has become synonymous with the model over the past nine years, takes a design leap inspired by the fourth-generation Duster unveiled in the previous year. This strategic move aligns the Kwid EV with the popular Duster, leveraging the success associated with design elements shared among the alliance’s vehicles.

All-New Interior Experience: Breaking away from the relatively unchanged interiors since its inception, the Spring/Kwid EV introduces a completely redesigned cabin. Dual digital displays, a revamped AC interface featuring toggle switches, and the inclusion of USB Type-C charging ports mark a departure from the familiar. These features are expected to carry over to the upcoming internal combustion engine (ICE) model set to debut next year.

Powertrain Specifications: Equipped with a 26.8kWh battery, the Kwid EV/Dacia Spring impresses with a range of up to 220km across all variants. The motor delivers an output of approximately 45bhp/100Nm. Introducing regenerative braking with a B-mode in the gear lever, the EV comes with a standard 7kW AC charger, capable of charging the battery from 20% to 100% in 11 hours. Utilizing a 7kW wall box reduces the charging time to just 4 hours. Additionally, a 30kW DC charger facilitates fast charging from 20% to 80% in a mere 45 minutes.

India Entry and Future Prospects: Renault’s announcement of an A-segment EV in January 2024, scheduled for a 2025 release, hints at a potential entry into the Indian market. If realized, the Kwid EV could emerge as a formidable competitor against electric offerings like the Tata Tiago EV, MG Comet EV, Tata Tigor EV, and the Citroen eC3.

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