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.