Recently, three new models of the Dongfeng Nano Box, a small pure electric SUV, were officially launched in China with a price range of 59,700 – 64,700 RMB (8,800 – 96,00 USD) by Dongfeng EV New Energy (abbreviated as Dongfeng EV).
Dongfeng EV is a business unit under the Dongfeng Group that focuses on small pure electric vehicles and it is currently building a new platform for small electric vehicles. In the next 5 years, Dongfeng EV plans to launch 3 to 5 new models, covering SUVs and sedans.
The car was originally developed by Renault, called the Renault Kwid. The electric version is called the Renault City K-ZE. This car is made in China by Dongfeng-Renault. It was exported to Europe as the Dacia Spring. Dongfeng’s own brands and sub-brands make other versions too, called the Dongfeng Aeolus EX1, Dongfeng Fengxing T1, Dongfeng Fengguang E1, the Venucia e30, and the Dongfeng Nano Box. All are made in the same factory.
The overall shape of the Nano Box is very round. The size of the car is 3732/1579/1515mm with a 2423mm wheelbase. The charging port is located in the front.
The interior adopts the same two-color design as the exterior. The Nano Box car is equipped with a 7-inch instrument panel and a 10-inch central control screen. The car is connected to an app with functions including remote door control, remote air conditioning control, vehicle positioning/car search, charging management, and vehicle condition inquiry/diagnosis. The seat material is made of fake leather.
The car adopts a 4-seater (2+2) layout, and the rear seats can be folded down.
The newly added models are equipped with a front motor that outputs 33 kW and 125 Nm. Dongfeng claims the car’s official 0-50 km/h acceleration time is 6 seconds. The battery is a lithium iron phosphate battery from CATL with a capacity of 15.97kWh, achieving a CLTC pure electric cruising range of 201km. The entry-level model only supports slow charging which takes 3 hours to achieve a full charge, the other two models support fast charging which takes only 0.53 hours to achieve a full charge.