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Paris show: Renault uncovers electric K-ZE

China to build K-ZE in 2019, Renault commits to electric Clio, Megane, Captur

2 Oct 2018

RENAULT has revealed a new all-electric crossover at the Paris motor show this week, dubbed K-ZE, that will launch in China next year, but whether the emissions-free model makes landfall in Australia is still to be determined.
The French brand also announced electrification will make its way into the Clio, Megane and Captur models in the form of a hybrid powertrain for the light hatch, and plug-in powertrain for the small car and SUV when all three vehicles are refreshed around 2020.
Again however, whether the electrified variants make their way into Australian showrooms is currently unclear.
As for the K-ZE, Renault describes the model as “SUV-inspired” thanks to its jacked-up ride height, black-plastic wheelarch cladding and integrated roof rails.
Though exact powertrain details are yet to be revealed, Renault says the K-ZE will sport a 250km driving range as tested on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and will be produced in China by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co, a joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan.
Other features include a double charging system that works with domestic plugs and public outlets, while rear parking sensors, a revering camera and satellite navigation will be included as standard.
Renault is also boasting the K-ZE will sport the “best autonomy in its segment”, but again, full details are yet to be fleshed out.
If the K-ZE were to be introduced locally, it would be Renault Australia’s third all-electric model following the Zoe and Kangoo ZE offered to private buyers in July this year. 
Groupe Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said the brand is a “pioneer” and “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,” he said.
Mr Ghosn also announced the Augmented Editorial Experience (AEX), Renault’s vision for how occupants will utilise and experience autonomous vehicle interiors.
The program combines media, connectivity services, mobility and content into what Renault describes as “a learning experience beyond driving and beyond the car itself”.
Mr Ghosn added: “With the advent of connected, automated vehicles, customers will expect more of their travelling time.
“We imagine what tomorrow’s connected, personalised mobility experience could be,” he said. “Access to premium content delivered through unique on-board experience for drivers and passenger will become key differentiators.”
Renault will also reveal a new luxury concept car that incorporates autonomy and an electric powertrain at this year’s Paris motor show.

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