A source told Autocar that the Zoe R110, as it will be called, would supersede the current R90 with 16bhp more from its Z.E. 40 battery-powered electric motor, although the car’s focus would remain the same and so it won't have a sportier guise than the regular version.
The R110 will be available in both Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav trims, but not the entry-level Expression, unlike the current R90 variant that is offered with all three. This means the R110 will get 16in wheels, a hands-free keycard and automatic headlights and wipers as standard.
Renault is yet to comment on the Zoe’s Geneva arrival and so it is not yet known whether there will be changes to the car’s battery range. The current model is capable of 250 miles according to the NEDC test.
Prices for the R110 are expected to slightly increase on the equivalent R90. The R90 Dynamic Nav starts from £18,170, including the government’s £4500 EV car grant.
Renault’s boosted Zoe will come at a time when the model, which was launched in 2012, continues to grow in popularity. European sales totalled 30,134 last year, which represented an increase of 8894 on the year before.
This mirrors a trend seen across the electric car segment. Sales of electric cars in Britain surged last year, with 13,500 EVs sold in 2017. Electrified cars, including hybrids, surged in demand by 34.8% from 2016.