Renault has debuted the new 2020 Zoe online, with big changes under the skin in the form of a new battery and motor.
Don’t be fooled by the extent of the changes to the Zoe, as this is not an all-new model – instead, it is a major facelift of the current, seven-year-old car.
Mounted between the axles is a new 52kWh lithium-ion battery, which enables up to 390 kilometres of WLTP-certified range – a significant improvement on the outgoing car’s 300km quote.
To complement the range increase, charging has been given an upgrade. 50kW DC fast-charging is now available, with the Zoe able to add 145km of range in half an hour. Using a 7kW AC home wallbox, a full charge takes 9 hours and 25 minutes, while a roadside 22kW AC charger can add 126km in an hour.
Visually, the Zoe has undergone a moderate refresh. Up front there’s a more modern look, with a restyled bonent and a wider front bumper with full-LED headlights and a new grille. At the rear, the LED tail-lights have been enlarged, while wheel sizes between 15 and 17 inches will be offered.
The interior has been completely redesigned, with a look inspired by the latest Clio. There’s a 9.3-inch touchscreen mounted in the centre of the dash, while drivers look into a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. Other interior features include LED ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, an electronic parking brake and leather seats.
The new Renault Zoe goes on sale in Europe later this year.