New Renault ZOE 2019: specs, prices and on-sale date

Bigger battery gives new Renault ZOE a 30% range boost, while a more powerful electric motor joins the line-up

The new, third-generation Renault ZOE will return 242 miles of range from a 52kWh battery, the French manufacturer has confirmed. The existing R110 electric motor has been carried over, with 107bhp, while a new, more powerful R135 motor will also be offered, with 134bhp.

Full performance figures will be revealed at a later date, but Renault says the new ZOE will hit 0-62mph in under 10 seconds on its way to a top speed of 87mph. It also says the R135 motor will get the car from 50-75mph in 7.1 seconds – 2.2 seconds quicker than the R110.

The new ZOE will be compatible with Type 2 charging cables at rates of up to 22kW, with 50kW charging ability provided by a CCS cable. Respectively, this should translate into 78 miles of range in an hour, or 90 miles of range in 30 minutes. A full charge from a 7kW home wallbox will take nine hours and 25 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, a new ‘B Mode’ boosts the strength of the regenerative braking system, allowing singe-pedal driving in a similar fashion to Nissan’s e-Pedal system.

New Renault ZOE design

The new Renault ZOE arrives with a fresh exterior design for 2019: it sports a bolder, sharper look, with a wider front bumper featuring vents for better airflow. Chrome inserts can be found in the grille and around the foglights, while the Renault badge doubles as the cap for the charging port.

According to the manufacturer, the standard LED headlights provide 75% more light than equivalent halogen units, with the lights themselves surrounded by C-shaped daytime running lights. At the rear, bigger LED tail-lights also feature indicators that sweep outwards from the centre. There will be 15, 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels available, with three new metallic-paint options taking the total number of colours available up to nine.

Interior

The ZOE’s interior was revealed earlier this year, with a 9.3-inch infotainment screen and a 10-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. The design represents a huge overhaul, with a completely new dashboard featuring soft-touch fabrics. LED interior lighting is standard across the range, while the Iconic trim will boast upholstery made completely from recycled materials.

The centre console has also been reworked, with a new gear selector replacing the old mechanical lever and the manual handbrake making way for an electronic one. The company’s EASY LINK multimedia system is included, allowing drivers to check the status of local charging stations in real time. Smartphone connectivity in the shape of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is included, although wireless charging is an optional extra.

Rear passengers benefit from a pair of USB ports for charging electronic devices. Several active safety systems are also promised, including emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high-beam headlights.

Renault claims the larger 52kWh battery fits into the same physical space as the old 40kWh unit, preserving interior space and practicality.

Price

Prices are yet to be confirmed, although it’s likely the ZOE will continue to be one of the most keenly priced electric cars on sale. It'll arrive facing more competition than ever before, with the likes of the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona and Nissan Leaf e+ competing in the affordable, long-range sector of the electric-car market.