Visteon supplies hybrid instrument cluster solution for Renault’s first electric vehicle launch in China
Visteon is continuing its pioneering partnership with Renault by supplying the instrument cluster for the automaker’s new electric vehicle (EV) variant of the Kwid entry-level crossover – which will launch in China next year. Having played a key role in providing the in-car technology for the original Kwid launched in India, Visteon again delivers the 3.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster solution for the world’s biggest and fastest-growing auto market.
Visteon’s technology brings a fresh approach to the driver information presented in the cluster, while retaining elements that made the original Kwid display stand out – such as the centrally-placed digital readout speedometer, which replaced traditional analogue gauges.
Visteon’s instrument cluster is providing the EV Kwid with an innovative product incorporating an ultra-low-cost driver information system. This is a first-of-its-kind integration, where a typical body control module (BCM) and cluster have been combined to optimize e-comps, optic display, software routines, harness and plastics.
“Visteon supports Renault’s vision for an entry-level EV, building on the innovative work for the original Kwid crossover in India by supplying an enhanced instrument cluster for the vehicle’s cockpit. Our solution combines cutting-edge with compact – complementing the customer’s intention for the vehicle and market it is entering; and is a prime example of Visteon’s ability to bring value to a key partner on product development. This program represents a unique opportunity for Visteon to demonstrate its driver information capability in the fast-growing China EV market.”
Aiming to produce an affordable alternative for cost-sensitive markets, Renault is taking an existing popular and affordable model and placing it in the China market to utilize the country’s battery expertise to present a competitive entry-level EV. The automaker already intends to expand this vehicle line into Europe, Brazil and the Middle East – if customer uptake is good.