Renault returns to Russia in a remarkable detour, even with a model it was not supposed to sell there in the first place
yesterday | Petr Prokopec
If anyone had the idea that with the departure of Renault from the country, French cars would become unavailable goods for Russians, they obviously miscalculated. Some types stay in the country directly as Lady, other, perhaps surprisingly modern models, go to Russia via Iran.
When Renault introduced the Kwid small SUV in 2015, it intended to target Indian customers only. However, two years later, there was already a slightly modified version that went to South America. Two years later, the brand came up with an electric version of the City K-ZE for a change intended for the Chinese people. In the end, however, it also headed to Europe as the Dacia Spring and to Brazil as the Renault Kwid E-Tech. But the expansion of the now truly global crossover did not end there. And although he wasn’t originally headed to Russia, where he shouldn’t be able to get to because of Renault’s departure from the country, now he’s headed right there.
The Iranian brand Iran Khodro is also preparing its own version called the K112, which, based on a license, produces various cars of foreign brands, especially Renaults and Peugeots. Compared to the original, it will traditionally differ both in exterior design and interior. Although it is based on the original architecture, it adds many unique details such as multimedia control. In combination with two-tone plastics and especially with leather upholstery, which also uses two shades, the cabin of the Iranian variant looks much more luxurious. However, as far as external changes are concerned, there was rather the opposite development.
Nevertheless, the Iranians also looked at the technology, however it can be assumed that the front wheels will continue to spin only liter three-cylinders. However, compared to the original, they have been lightly boosted, with customers being able to choose from two versions (70 hp and 90 Nm and 75 hp and 100 Nm, respectively). The standard in both cases will be a five-speed manual, however, a robotic gearbox could also appear in the more powerful model. Apart from consumption of less than 5 l/100 km, further details are not known.
The Iran Khodro carmaker has not yet indicated when exactly it would like to start production of the new product. However, as the gates to one of the world’s largest markets have recently opened for her, she will most likely not delay for long. The redesigned Renault Kwid will also reach Russia, which the French automaker left as a result of international sanctions. This would be its umpteenth model, which will be available somewhat indirectly on this market.
Once the K112 reaches the Russian market, it could start somewhere around 620,000 rubles (about 252,000 CZK). This would make the Iranian SUV one of the cheapest cars in the country, even compared to the Lada Granta (678,300 RUB/approx. 275,000 CZK). However, it must be admitted that the Russian representative is a somewhat larger car. The K112 is only 3,800 millimeters long, 1,590 mm wide and 1,490 mm tall. The wheelbase then stretched to 2,430 mm, i.e. 8 mm more than the original.
It can only be added that Iran Khodro will start importing its cars to Russia this year. In addition, the Saipa brand is also planning to enter this market. After all, both were among the few that were presented at the recent Moscow Motor Show.
Renault Kwid got an Iranian version. As the Iran Khodro K112, it will also head to Russia, where it will be one of the cheapest cars on the market. Photo: Renault
Source: Auto Mail.ru
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