2024 Dacia Spring EV unveiled

Ritesh Patil
This might come to India as the Renault Kwid EV

In case you are wondering why you need to know about Europe’s most affordable electric car, the Dacia Spring, is because this will be sold as the Renault Kwid EV in various markets, including India. Dacia Spring was first introduced in 2020 and sold in the Chinese and select European markets only.

The updated model gets a major design overhaul with a completely redesigned front fascia that borrows inspiration from the recently unveiled Duster SUV with its y-shaped DRLs. The headlamp like before is placed below in the bumper which also gets a unique mesh panel. The side profile looks familiar to the outgoing model. You pull-type handlebars, squared-off wheel arches and black cladding running across its length. At the rear, you again get y-shaped light elements connected by a gloss black panel and the rear bumper features a similar mesh pattern as the front-end.

The updated interior gets a 7-inch fully-digital instrument console and a 10-inch infotainment screen with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The HVAC controls have been updated as well and the overall layout looks quite rugged. You also get ADAS safety tech with features like lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and emergency braking system. 

Along with the earlier 45PS motor, you now also have a 65PS motor. The electric hatchback is powered by a 26.8kWh battery pack that allows a claimed range of 220km on a single charge. Charging from 20-80 percent with a 7kW charger should take around 11 hours while a 7kW wall charger is capable of doing the same in four hours. There’s also a 30kW DC fast charging option that can top up the battery from 20-80 percent in just 45 minutes (claimed).

The exact launch timeline is not yet revealed but once launched, this small EV will take on the likes of the MG Comet and Tata Tiago EV.

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