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Renault unveils EV-ready KWID concept

The Renault concept – which, significantly, is the first to be unveiled outside Europe – has a buggy car appearance aimed at young customers.

The two-tone yellow and grey exterior has been chosen not just to represent Renault’s colours but also colours associated with India; a key emerging market for the brand. It also features a robust appearance due to its protective guards and chunky wings and, despite its two-wheel drive transmission, is intended to look like an off-roader.

The interior – inspired, says the carmaker, by a bird’s nest – uses a front bench on which the driver sits slightly ahead of the passengers plus a suspended rear bench and a two-tone elastomer material. Renault adds that the central driving position meets international driving demands, enabling the car to driven in both right hand and left hand drive markets – a key part of its international positioning of the model.

But probably of most interest is the “Flying Companion”, which looks a bit like a helicopter and takes off from the rotating rear portion of the KWID concept’s roof. This can be used to scout out, detect obstacles or traffic problems etc, either via a pre-programmed flying sequence and GPS location or a manual mode, which enables the companion to be controlled using a tablet inside the vehicle.

The concept features a latest-generation downsized 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged engine married up to a dual-clutch transmission EDC. Renault adds that it could also serve as a pure electric vehicle, with the design having already allowing for batteries – and comes with a charging plug behind the Renault logo.

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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