New R110 motor enables better rolling acceleration with no expected impact on driving range
As scooped by Autocar earlier this month, the model has 16bhp more than the existing R90. The R110 is claimed to provide better rolling acceleration, shaving 1.8sec from the R90’s 12sec 80-120kph (49.7-74.5mph) time.
Off-the-line performance is said to be identical to the R90’s because the R110 produces the same 166lb ft of instantly available torque. It’s also expected to have the same range as its less potent sibling, although Renault is waiting until WLTP results are compiled before providing final numbers. The R90’s quoted NEDC range is 250 miles, with a claimed real-world range of 190 miles.
Renault said the added grunt of the R110 comes thanks to “power electronics-related innovations” so it brings no weight or size penalties.
The R110 also now comes available with Android Auto smartphone mirroring, bringing Android-compatible apps such as Waze, Spotify and Skype to the car’s infotainment system.
In addition, Renault has added a new dark metallic Aconite shade to the Zoe’s colour palette, as well as a new Purple Pack interior finish that adds violet upholstery and violet satin to the dashboard and interior trim.
Following a public debut at the Geneva motor show, orders for the R110 will be taken from the spring, with first customer deliveries scheduled for the summer. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect the R110’s higher power to edge its entry-level price close to £20,000.
The new R110 motor brings Renault’s tally of electric powerplants to five. Its other motors produce between 59bhp and 91bhp and are fitted to the Zoe, Kangoo ZE, Master ZE and Daimler’s Smart Electric Drive models.
Renault’s boosted Zoe comes 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.