The new generation of the all-electric Renault ZOE features increased power and range, a host of technological improvements, an overhauled interior and distinctive new exterior looks.
The New ZOE gets a powerful 52 kWh Z.E. 50 battery that delivers a range of up to 245 miles
(WLTP) – the best driving range in its segment and an increase of 32 per cent over the previous 41 kWh pack. Despite the increase in range and capacity, the battery has not increased in size physically, meaning no loss of interior space.
ZOE now also offers fast direct current (DC) charging, in addition to the alternating current charging (AC) options already available at home or on the street. Thanks to this Combo plug, it is able to charge quickly with a direct current (DC) up to 50 kW, replenishing the battery in this way can add around 90 miles of range in as little as half an hour.
The standard type-2 cable provided with the car and the Chameleon Charger™ are used for everyday AC charging use, such as at home with a wallbox, at work, in a car park or on public roads using anything up to a 22kW supply. Plugging the ZOE into a public 22kW roadside charger can deliver a useful 78 miles of range in only one hour.
When using a 7kW wallbox, supplied as standard to customers to charge easily at home, the New ZOE can charge from 0 to 100 per cent in nine hours and 25 minutes. This ensures that a complete recharge can comfortably be achieved overnight. Around 190 miles of range can be achieved in just eight hours. Users charging their vehicle at home can also benefit from the programming options, adjusting their recharge to correspond with tariff fluctuations from their electricity supplier.
At the front of the New ZOE there is a redesigned sculpted bonnet. The new shape of the bumper incorporates chrome inserts in the grill and around the fog lights.
Set in the centre of the chrome trimmed grille is the large Renault diamond logo, which now features an eye-catching “holographic” design that gives a 3D effect to the flat surface. The badge also doubles as a charging port, which flips open to reveal both a Type 2 AC plug and the connector for the new optional 50 kW DC (CCS) fast charger.
All ZOE models now get full LED headlamps as standard, which feature chrome inserts and are framed by the trademark C-shaped daytime running lights. Other external changes include
a completely revamped range of wheel designs, with three different diameters available, 15, 16 and 17-inches.
Completing the exterior changes are the addition of three new metallic paint finishes – Celadon Blue, Flame Red and Quartz White with a total of nine colours to choose from.
The interior has also been completely overhauled with the designers paying attention to the interior quality, finish, comfort and ergonomics. The new 10-inch TFT instrument cluster, which
is standard across the range, displays the main driving information including an eco-meter that encourages eco-friendly driving habits. The driver can also customise the lighting and the layout of the different information on-screen and on versions equipped with sat-nav the instrument cluster also relays turn-by-turn instructions for safer, less distracting driving.
The centre of the dashboard houses the Renault EASY LINK 9.3-inch portrait touchscreen multimedia system, standard on GT Line and optional on Iconic, with a 7-inch version on the entry level model. This system controls the main functions of the vehicle and can be enhanced with specific operations, such as the real time availability of charging stations. Smartphone connectivity is taken care of by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Standard across the range is a new electronic parking brake, which replaces the traditional handbrake to free twice as much storage in the centre console which now contains
the new wireless smartphone charging, standard on Iconic and GT Line models. In the rear, passengers have access to two USB sockets that can be used to charge devices such as mobile phones, tablets and portable games.
There is a whole suite of safety systems on the ZOE, including the Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA),
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Auto High/Low beam headlamps (AHL).
Further driving assistance features include the hands-free Easy Park Assist (EPA), front and rear parking sensors, Hill-start Assist and an automatic parking brake.
On a smartphone, the MY Renault application includes a variety of useful services to manage a car remotely, such as a remote check on the battery range and charging status. You can also plan charging during off-peak hours, start or schedule heating or air conditioning to reach the ideal temperature of 21°C for the moment of departure without affecting the range.
On board, Renault EASY LINK’s connected navigation beams the route to the multimedia screen and includes the location and availability of the nearest charging stations. The map is also enriched with real-time traffic information provided by TomTom, plus new features such as Google Search. The EASY LINK navigation map database is regularly updated, automatically and transparently for the user, via the “Map Auto-Update” function.
The navigation and map can be displayed on the 10-inch instrument cluster ahead of the driver, which also houses the trip computer that provides information on regenerative braking performance and driving efficiency, helping to make the most of the battery’s range. The user can also choose the layout of the display, so that it shows their preferred information.