On the eve of the Paris show’s first press day, Renault group chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a new, affordable urban electric vehicle for 2019, coming first to China, and new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options for three models in 2020.
The K-ZE, a new global A-segment, SUV-inspired electric vehicle, is claimed to be capable of 250km NEDC – the best in its segment. It is also easy to charge thanks to a double charging system compatible with domestic plugs and public infrastructures. It comes with equipment maximising the experience of driving an electric vehicle such as rear parking sensors, rear view camera and a central screen with connected navigation and services.
China is the largest and fastest-growing market for electric vehicles and the K-ZE will therefore be launched first there. It will be manufactured locally by e-GT New Energy Automotive, the joint venture between Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan created to develop and produce competitive electric vehicles.
“We are introducing K-ZE, an affordable, urban, SUV-inspired electric model combining the best of our leadership in EV, our expertise in affordable vehicles and in forging strong partnerships,” said Ghosn.
Renault also confirmed its plans to further electrify its range in its 2020 product refresh cycle, offering hybrid on Clio and plug-in hybrid on Megane and Captur. e-Tech, an innovative, 100% in-house technology, enables the automaker to offer hybrid versions on B and C segment models.
Premium content and new onboard experiences
Ghosn also discussed how on-board experiences evolve with the advent of new mobility. As mobility continues open up new possibilities for connected and autonomous cars, users will seek for more sophisticated on-board experiences to maximise travel time – personally and professionally. Demonstrating the next step in Renault’s investment stake in French media group Challenges, Ghosn revealed an Augmented Editorial Experience (AEX). This immersive experience combining content, connectivity services, media and mobility, will turn travel time into a learning experience beyond driving and beyond the car itself.
“With the advent of connected, autonomous vehicles, customers will expect more of their traveling time. Experimenting with Groupe Challenges, we imagine what tomorrow’s connected, personalised mobility experience could be,” Ghosn said. “Access to premium content delivered through unique on-board experiences for drivers and passengers will become key differentiators.”
An immersive Augmented Editorial Experience is on the Renault stand at Paris. Inside a full-size capsule, through four scenarios in a 222-degree projection, visitors will experience how their daily time spent in a car might be different, through the benefit of enhanced on-board experiences and premium, adaptive, personalised content developed by Groupe Challenges.
The AEX capsule sits alongside a new luxury concept car, which is an electric, autonomous, connected robo-vehicle, making it easy for people to imagine what the experience might be like in the autonomous drive car of the future.