The cousin of the Dacia Spring comes in the Dongfeng Nano Box EV
A new affordable Dongfeng Nano Box EV has launched, modeled after the Renault City K-ZE and Dacia Spring. Somehow Dongfeng was able to make their vehicle feel more sophisticated while having an entirely different front fascia and interior than any of the aforementioned vehicles.
This is particularly clear when you look inside at the two-tone cabin. Of the City K-ZE badge-engineered models, the Dongfeng Nano Box EV manages to be the most inventive. Plastic-molded pieces are easier to modify than steel parts, hence the Nano Box has a different front end than the others, while the rear is essentially identical.
With 33 kW (45 hp) and a 27.2-kWh air-cooled battery pack, the same as the Dacia Spring, Dongfeng promises their Nano Box has a range of 218 miles (331 km) according to their test cycle.
A 10-inch central display and a 7-inch digital driver’s display have been installed by the Chinese marque. The dashboard is entirely different as well, with a console raising the transmission selector so that it’s located in a more comfortable spot. The climate control panel, along with the wiper and indicator stalks, appear to be the only significant components that are shared with the Dacia.
The center console has been redesigned with buttons and a rotating dial. Air conditioning, voice control, rear parking sensors, ABS, EBD, and remote controls are all included.
Customers in China can purchase the Dongfeng Nano Box EV for ¥65,700, which equates to $9,748, half the cost of the €18,000 ($18,768) Dacia Spring in Europe. There’s currently a 2-month wait list as over 10,000 orders have already been made, according to the Chinese automaker.