Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), the Renault Zoe, has just gotten a power upgrade for 2018. The battery-powered hatchback gets a more potent electric motor, Android Auto and new purple metallic body colour for MY2018.
The new motor, codenamed R110 is an evolution of the R90 used previously on the Zoe. Despite being the same size, the R110 motor now packs 80 kW (107 hp), 12 kW (16 hp) more than the outgoing model. Max torque of 225 Nm kicks in from 0 rpm, making the Zoe as nimble as ever.
While peak torque is the same as before, drivers will notice the R110 motor’s stronger acceleration performance at higher speeds. Renault claims the new car shaves almost two seconds off when accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h; a significant improvement that provides greater peace of mind when commuting high speeds.
Assistant Programme Director, Renault Zoe, Elisabeth Delval said: “Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town. In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”
Besides the new electric motor, MY2018 Zoe’s will benefit from an Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution infotainment system that allows drivers to connect compatible Android apps from their smartphones such as Waze, Spotify, Skype, Messenger and many more.
Aconite, a dark metallic purple shade was also added to the exterior colour palette that can be paired to the new Purple Interior Pack which adds a violet satin finish on the dashboard trim, air vents, gear lever, speaker surrounds, topstitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery.
Back at home, Renault Malaysia who is pushing for electric mobility in the country has the Renault Zoe on sale for RM145,888. On full charge, the R90 equipped Zoe has a theoretical range of 220 km.