Renault’s new all-electric supermini hits the road in disguised prototype form, with 250 mile real-world range likely
Set to arrive after the Clio towards the end of next year or early in 2020, the new Zoe is expected to use a bespoke EV platform shared across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. That’s instead of sharing its platform with the current Nissan Leaf, which uses an adapted version of the original 2011 Leaf’s platform.
The bespoke electric platform, which will be used for all forthcoming small to medium-sized EVs, will allow greater battery capacity for a range target of 250 miles under the new, more real-world WLTP testing regime. That’s a match for the latest Zoe R110’s NEDC range claim, which is claimed to be around 190 miles in the real-world.
The first spyshots to emerge show prototypes testing with the usual body camouflage. However, we can clearly see that the Zoe’s overall profile won’t change dramatically, with detail changes including a front-end more in-line with the upcoming Clio, LED lighting and a curvier rear-end shape. The roof appear to have humps running the length of it, but that may be part of the car’s disguise.
Inside, we will see much taken from the upcoming Clio, with a boost in quality expected alongside a larger, portrait-oriented central touchscreen. Don’t expect huge increases in space, however, as the current car (launched in 2013) is already longer and taller than today’s Clio.
Pricing for the new Zoe is a long way off being announced, but it’s likely Renault will try to keep at the same level to sustain its popularity as one of the most affordable EVs on the market. Multiple variants with differing power outputs, EV ranges and equipment levels could be offered, allowing Renault to keep at the car’s current price point but upsell buyers to pricier variants.