Paris Motor Show: Renault Zoe Preview

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Giving more than a few clues on the shape of the next-generation Clio, the near-production Zoe Preview (due on sale 2012) is Renault’s electric supermini. The Preview – 90% of the finished production car, says Renault – has an 80bhp/222Nm motor, fast-charge and battery-swap compatiblity, a top speed of 84mph and a 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds. This concept features a high-tech climate control system with humidity and toxicity sensors and scent diffuser, but otherwise appears to be a practical, usable runaround.

In other news from Renault, the 1.9dCi diesel engine is to be replaced by a 1.6 (130bhp) featuring stop-start and exhaust gas recirculation; this promises fuel economy savings of up to 20% and a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and will appear first in the Megane line-up.

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