The new-look Clio Renault Sport Trophy has more bite and more bark and is primed for launch in Australia, bounding off the boat in a feisty frame of mind, keen to hunt down a tasty piece of track or challenging back road.

Boasting a new peak of 162kW of power at 6,050rpm and up to 280Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm from its highly-efficient turbo-charged 1.6-litre engine, the new-look Clio Renault Sport Trophy comes with a lower riding body (-20mm at the front and -10mm at the rear), 40 per cent stiffer rear springs and stiffer dampers, and a 10 per cent faster steering rack (13.2:1 ratio).

The exotic lightweight titanium Akrapovič exhaust system from the turbo back creates a memorable soundtrack, ideally suited for traversing soaring mountain passes and the deepest tunnels.

The enhanced 162kW (220hp) engine in the Trophy’s heart features a larger turbocharger and revised mapping, boosting the power output by 10 per cent over the regular (200hp) Sport or Cup versions. Peak torque of 260Nm– identical to that of the 200 versions – can be raised by a further 20Nm to 280Nm through the ‘Torque Boost’ feature in fourth and fifth gears. This gives the Trophy even sharper on-road acceleration and faster lap times on a track.

The revised air intake and exhaust system minimise back-pressure losses. The rev limit has been raised to 6,800rpm from 6,500rpm in the 200hp versions, with peak power arriving at 6,050rpm. Maximum torque is available at just 2,500rpm. Boost pressure has been increased from 0.96 bar to 1.03 bar, and the rush to 100km/h is over in just 6.6 seconds.

As with the just updated Clio Renault Sport Cup and Sport versions, the Trophy employs the six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch transmission with aluminium shift paddles for manual gear selection. The Trophy’s EDC has been substantially recalibrated by the performance experts at Renault Sport. It now delivers up to 50 per cent faster shifts and permits greater flexibility in Sport mode for more comfortable driving in town.

The steering wheel-mounted paddles have 30 per cent shorter travel to provide a more immediate and responsive feel. The higher rev limit along with new software calibration allows earlier down-changes under heavy braking during track use.

The famous R.S. Drive gives three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Race, which adapt engine timing, gearshift pattern, throttle response, steering weight and ESC operation to suit different driving scenarios.

The Trophy also comes with Formula One-style ‘Launch Control’ for perfect standing starts, while ESC and ASR traction control can be fully disconnected. Finally, the R.S. Differential improves cornering grip and standing start performance and counters understeer where enthusiastic driving is permitted.

Put all this together with its track-ready Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40R18 tyres on 18-inch Renault Sport black alloy wheels and it’s easy to see how the Clio Renault Sport Trophy can be viewed as being more tenacious than a pit bull’s grip on an incautious postie’s trouser leg.

It’s not all about sound and fury, however, as fuel efficiency is a continuing Clio Renault Sport Trophy trademark. The official combined consumption figure is just 5.9-litres per 100km, along with just 135g/km of CO2. The engine is also Euro 6 exhaust emissions compliant.

The new Trophy version joins the Sport and Cup models in featuring LED multi-faceted lighting in the form of a chequered flag, dubbed ‘R.S. Vision’. This provides a distinctive look and outstanding lighting performance. This exclusive technology, initially seen on the Clio R.S. 16 concept car, co-ordinates the vehicle’s fog lights, cornering lights, side lights and dipped and main beams to enhance night-time visibility.

Inside, the Clio Renault Sport Trophy is resplendent in black leather sports seats with red highlight stitching and an embroidered R.S. logo on each individually adjustable headrest. The front seats are heated and the passenger’s is height adjustable. There are carbon-look air-vent surrounds, door handles and gear lever base plate; while the air-vent inserts themselves are finished in satin chrome.

On the dash is the latest iteration of the R.S. Monitor with on-board telemetry performance tracking system, phone mirroring for Android phones and R-LINK navigation and multimedia with voice control.

The BOSE® premium sound system, optional on Clio Renault Sport Cup and Sport versions is standard, and offers seven high-performance speakers; a pair of dashboard tweeters, two woofers in the front doors, two speakers in the rear doors and a Richbass woofer in the boot along with a digital amplifier equipped with BOSE® Digital Signal Processing – just in case the engine and exhaust notes are not music enough for your ears.

“With its lowered stance and more powerful engine, the Clio Renault Sport Trophy is a track-day champion you can use in the daily rat-race,” said Elena Woods, Senior Model Line Manager for Renault Australia.

“The Trophy is the pinnacle of performance for Renault Sport in the ultra-competitive high-performance end of the light car segment, and Renault has always acquitted itself with honour here. The new Trophy will continue to be the torch-bearer for high excitement in a compact package,” Woods said.

“Our engineering changes and improvements run through the entire engine package, including an entirely revised Akrapovič exhaust system that is bolted to a new exhaust manifold. The exhaust note has been tuned to match that of the Megane Renault Sport Trophy-R.”

“We are working with renowned suppliers committed to motorsport such as Akrapovič to forge ever stronger links between the track and the road,” said Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Cars.

The new-look limited edition Clio Renault Sport Trophy goes on sale immediately. It is priced from $42,990 drive away, including metallic paint. It is available in four colours, Deep Black and Flame Red metallic paint or the Liquid Yellow, Pearl White signature colours (available at extra cost).

Renault Australia will begin direct sales of the Kangoo Z.E. (Zero Emissions) compact van in November 2017.

“Bringing the Renault Kangoo Z.E. to Australia has been a long-held goal for us,” said Elena Woods, Senior Model Line Manager for Electric Vehicles at Renault Australia. “We are really excited to offer our customers the opportunity to make a giant step forward in terms of innovative transportation.

“Our success in Europe and the strength of the Renault-Nissan Alliance will serve us well, as we launch a new generation of electric vehicles into the Australian market. The Kangoo Z.E. has been in demand for some time and we have now secured supplies that will certainly give operators the perfect work vehicle,” Woods added.

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a pioneering electric van that incorporates a wealth of innovation, designed to better meet customer requirements and environmental targets. To date, more than 25,000 examples have been sold in Europe to a wide range of users, making it the most popular battery-powered van, with 34.5 per cent of Europe’s E.V. (electric vehicle) commercial market. It has been the best seller in its segment in the six years since its European launch.

Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President and the global head of the Electric Vehicle Business Unit for Renault said: “As the European standard-bearer in the realm of all-electric mobility, Renault is continually improving and refining its electric vehicles to extend operating range and make charging as simple as possible for its customers. The technological innovations built into the Kangoo Z.E. – a new high energy density battery mated to a new motor, plus a heat pump and a new charger that is twice as powerful as before – have resulted in a driving range gain of more than 50 per cent, along with a faster, simpler charging process.”

The new Kangoo Z.E.’s driving range is now 270km, as measured on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). This is equivalent to 200km in real-world summer-climate driving. This compares with 170km under the NEDC achieved with the earlier version.

This extended range is thanks to the Kangoo Z.E.’s new, high-efficiency battery, promising a 50 per cent range increase compared to the previous battery. It also comprises a new motor, which delivers greater efficiency along with a new on-board charging system delivering faster recovery.

The new battery, mated to the new motor and incorporated with a heat pump all combine to produce the best driving range in the electric LCV (light commercial vehicle) market. Charging the Kangoo Z.E. is also faster and easier. Its battery can now be fully charged in as little as six hours, while a one-hour lunch break allows enough time to add a 35km top-up, helping users to optimise their working day.

Ashwani Gupta, Senior Vice President and global head of the Renault-Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said: “Renault Pro+ tops the market when it comes to electric LCV sales in Europe, with a 29.5 per cent market share as of end-May 2017.

“Our brand consistently strives to meet and exceed the expectations of its business customers. With the Kangoo Z.E., Renault Pro+ has shifted the goalposts in terms of driving range in this fast-growing sector (up 16 per cent at end May 2017), while continuing to provide additional bespoke services and solutions,” he said.

Key facts

  • Renault-Nissan Alliance electric vehicles top the global market with more than half of worldwide sales.
  • There are currently 120,000 Renault electric vehicles on the road in Europe, including more than 50,000 in France. 
  • Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand in Europe since 2010. 
  • More than one electric vehicle in four sold today in Europe is a Renault. 
  • Renault ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle. 
  • Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been Europe’s best-selling electric LCV for the past six years. 

Renault Kangoo Z.E.’s history

At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, Renault announced a radical programme for delivering a new range of zero-emissions electric vehicles. Working with its Alliance partner, Nissan, Renault announced it would begin selling affordable production electric vehicles from 2011, targeting market leadership.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Renault Group, was clear about the challenges posed by climate change and Renault’s determination to act. “The automobile industry contributes to the problem of climate change. It generates 12 per cent of the CO2 emissions that result from human activity and accounts for 25 per cent of the world’s oil consumption. At Renault, therefore, we have decided to be part of the solution.

“The stakes relating to the introduction of widely affordable electric vehicles call for far-reaching changes to our industry, so that the automobile is once more perceived as a means of progress, both for mankind and for the planet. The aim is to integrate the automobile more fully in its environment and make our towns and villages greener, quieter and more pleasant to live in,” Ghosn said.

Renault’s intentions were made clear at the 2009 Frankfurt show, where it revealed four Z.E. concepts destined to be brought to market. Kangoo Z.E. van led the way in November 2011. Kangoo Z.E. perfectly demonstrates how a highly successful Renault model can be transformed into a viable and effective electric vehicle without compromising its fundamental practicality.

In December 2009, prototype models were shown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and just a few months later, revealed at the Geneva motor show including a longer wheelbase model, the Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E., broadening the potential market. 

The ability of Kangoo Z.E. to deliver its potential in real-world conditions is dependent upon a range of supporting measures. To ensure an appropriate infrastructure, Renault has reached partnership agreements around the world – the first of them signed as early as 2008. It has an extensive chain of specialist dealers and workshops with trained personnel and technicians to ensure sales, maintenance and repair services are in place.

In November 2011 Kangoo Van and Maxi Z.E. made their U.K. market debut. Two years later Kangoo Z.E. was firmly established as Europe’s best-selling electric van and the production centre in Maubeuge, France (home to all Renault Kangoo production) celebrated the 10,000th version coming off the line.

Renault leads European sales of electric vehicles 

Renault is Europe’s number one manufacturer of electric light commercial vehicles, securing 34.5 per cent market share in 2016. In Europe, Renault offers the only electric vehicle range of its kind in the world, with Twizy Cargo, new ZOE Company, new Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is both pioneer and market leader in the small electric van segment in Europe, with more than 25,000 deliveries since its launch in October 2011. Along the way, it has collected a host of prestigious awards, including ‘International Van of the Year 2012’, while its environmentally-aware customers praise its driveability, carrying capacity and competitive running costs.

Powertrain 

New Kangoo Z.E. boasts four major innovations:

  • New battery
  • New motor
  • New charger
  • Incorporation of a heat pump for the climate control system 

Kangoo Z.E. duly offers unrivalled driving range in the LCV market, achieving 270km over an NEDC cycle, a significant improvement over the 170km of its predecessor. In real-world use as a delivery vehicle , this corresponds to a range of between 120 and 200km on a single charge (depending on the type of terrain, temperature, wind, driving style, etc.), compared to between 80 and 125km previously.

Kangoo Z.E. will be offered as a long wheelbase van with a 4m3 capacity and 650kg payload. It combines the smooth, slick driveability of an electric vehicle with the user-friendliness of an automatic transmission and is easy to convert in order to meet the bespoke requirements of business customers (refrigerated vehicle, ambulance).

Improved technology

Kangoo Z.E.’s extended driving range owes much to its new 33kWh ‘Z.E. 33’ battery. This was developed jointly by Renault and LG Chem and features a significant innovation: upgraded energy density. This means its storage capacity has been increased without any changes to its bulk, so the vehicle’s load carrying capacity is unchanged.

Battery performance has been optimised not by adding extra modules but rather by improving the chemistry of the battery cells themselves, in order to increase energy density. This major improvement was achieved with no trade-off in terms of reliability, safety or payload. The Kangoo Z.E. also benefits from a new energy-efficient motor and an optimised electronic battery management system, which limits the electricity consumed by the vehicle during road use, with no detriment to power output.

The all-Renault R60 motor delivers 44kW (60hp) and is based on the R90 motor that also powers the ZOE super-mini. The engine is manufactured at Renault’s Cléon plant in France, the Group’s flagship facility for the production of high added-value engines, motors and transmissions.

The Kangoo Z.E. comes with another innovation in the realm of electric light commercial vehicles, the incorporation of a heat pump in the climate control system to maintain driving range even in cold weather. This heat pump improves the driving range in cold conditions by restricting the use of electrical resistors that consume both power and range. The new Kangoo Z.E. is the world’s first LCV to be equipped with this feature.

By using the pre-conditioning system (the trigger time of which can be adjusted via the vehicle’s steering wheel-mounted controls), the new Kangoo Z.E. can be heated, or cooled, in advance when plugged in via the automatic climate control system.

Charging the new Kangoo Z.E. is now faster, courtesy of a new charger that’s twice as powerful due to it having twice the power capacity. When plugged in to a 7.4kW wall box, it will fully charge the battery in six hours (much less than overnight), which is one hour less than before and delivers a 50 per cent increase in range.

The charger is a new-generation single phase 7kW (32A, 230V) AC unit that can also top up the vehicle with 35km of driving range in mild weather in just one hour (during a lunch break, or while being loaded) to deliver a valuable productivity boost. The Kangoo Z.E. can thus be driven all day and even handle two delivery runs (morning and afternoon), allowing users to optimise their work day schedules and provide their customers with an improved service.

Z.E. Voice

When driving around town, Z.E. Voice adds another safety dimension up to speeds of around 30 km/h (above which tyre and road noise would be sufficient to alert pedestrians). The audible warning informs pedestrians and cyclists of the vehicle’s otherwise silent approach. The sounds it makes were developed in association with organisations for blind and visually impaired people. Different sounds can be selected depending on the owner’s preference.

The Z.E. LCV driving experience 

The Z.E. driving experience is a unique blend of punch and tranquillity; punch thanks to its brisk acceleration and pick-up response, with a level of torque that is particularly welcome when carrying a full load; and tranquillity thanks to the absence of engine noise and vibrations, which contribute to reduced driver fatigue. 

The new Kangoo Z.E. is a particularly manoeuvrable vehicle that can be adapted easily to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of trades and end-uses, thanks to the wide variety of configurations and options available. The R60 electric motor delivers maximum torque of 225Nm in a fraction of a second, enabling brisk acceleration and pick-up from low speeds. This level of torque truly comes into its own when the vehicle is fully-laden.

Acceleration is seamless and perfectly linear, giving the impression that the vehicle is equipped with the best automatic gearbox on the market. This is of particular benefit to those who spend the majority of their day on the road for work purposes.

Renault and Formula E

A world leader in electric mobility with its ground-breaking Z.E. range, Renault has embraced the innovative series’ potential and seized the opportunity to demonstrate its expertise on an international platform. Using its motorsport engine hub at Viry-Châtillon, it has developed one of the most powerful and technically advanced powertrains in the field.

Renault e.dams is the most successful team in the short history of the FIA Formula E Championship. With three teams’ championship titles and one driver title in the first three years of the competition, Renault and DAMS have a lock on the series, underscoring Renault’s superiority in zero emission racing.

Managed by four-time Formula One World Champion Alain Prost and iconic team DAMS founder Jean-Paul Driot, the team has strong technical support from Renault Sport Racing, the hugely successful manufacturer-backed motorsport operation that encompasses racing disciplines from Formula One to endurance racing.

Kangoo Z.E. Line-Up

There is one variant, Kangoo Maxi Z.E., details below.

Technical specifications

  • Engine: max power 44kW and max torque 226 Nm
  • 33kWh Lithium-ion battery
  • 11.9 turning circle
  • 650kg payload
  • Charging time single phase 3kW: 11hr
  • Charging time single phase 7kW: 6hr
  • 270km NEDC range
  • 200km real world range

Z.E. specific equipment

  • Type 2 charge plug
  • Front Z.E. lockable charging socket (underneath the Renault diamond)
  • Cabin pre-conditioning function
  • Z.E. instrument panel with energy gauge, energy saver and special computer
  • Z.E. Voice: external alert for pedestrians

Standard specifications

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Driver and front passenger front and side airbags
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • ECO mode
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Unglazed dual rear doors with 180° opening
  • Unglazed right and left sliding cargo doors
  • Steel bulkhead

Renault Australia is putting a smile onto faces of small SUV buyers, with the arrival of the new-look Captur five-door funster. The feisty and vivacious Renault Captur delivers a chic and understated elegance with its contemporary exterior design, and is available in a resoundingly vibrant array of colours very few rivals can match.

The eye-catching selection of two-tone paint schemes includes Atacama Orange, Cappuccino Brown and Ocean Blue teamed with contrasting Diamond Black or Ivory White roof paint. These ensure high-visibility on the road. Inside, the new-look Captur comes with a swag of new and improved interior features as standard, including personalisation packs.

The Renault Captur range has been overhauled and simplified, with trim variants now conforming to the nomenclature used on Renault’s latest Clio, Megane and Koleos models, introduced over the past 12 months. The new-look Captur family kicks off with the well-equipped 'Zen' model, in five-speed manual and six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch automated gearbox options, while the top-of-the-range 'Intens' comes with EDC auto only.

The new-look Captur Zen adds the now familiar Renault trademark C-shaped signature LED daytime running lamps at the front. There are also rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and Media Navigation with a 7-inch touchscreen. 

The Zen also features electric adjustable auto folding door mirrors, two cup holders, washable, removable seat covers (ideal for active outdoor lifestylers), with storage nets on the front seatbacks, and ivory interior trim for the centre console surround. Two-tone 16-inch ‘Discover’ alloy wheels complete the new look.

The new top-of-the range Intens model builds on the Zen specification and adds hands-free parking, blind-spot warning, extended grip control, a fixed panoramic sunroof, new dark charcoal leather upholstery, R-LINK enhanced Satellite Navigation System with 7-inch touchscreen, LED Pure Vision headlights (20 per cent more powerful than halogen globes), as well as LED front fog lights, and front and side parking sensors. The tail lights also feature the C-shape integrated into the optics giving a 3D effect with three light guides for a distinctive signature.

Inside, an Arkamys 3D sound system features digital and AM/FM analogue radio as well as MP3, AUX, and USB inputs. External differentiation of the new-look Captur Intens model comes through front and rear skid-plate styling elements on the bumpers, chrome front grille and boot lid strips, privacy tinted rear windows and tailgate, and 17-inch two-tone 'Emotion' alloy wheels.

The Intens also offers a BOSE® premium sound system as an option.

Both versions are offered with unique interior ‘colour identity’ packs at no extra charge. Customers may specify these to further personalise their new-look Capturs. The colour-ways offered are Ocean Blue, Flame Red, and Atacama Orange. The colour coding is applied to the air registers, speaker surrounds and centre console surround. For the Intens, the exterior can be further personalised with the option of replacing the lower chrome door strip with a matching colour strip and matching alloy wheel centre caps.

To celebrate the arrival of Europe’s top-selling small SUV, Renault is deploying full-time national drive-away pricing for the new-look Captur range; starting at $23,990 drive-away for the Captur Zen manual, $26,990 drive-away for the Captur Zen EDC and $30,990 drive-away for the Captur Intens EDC.

As with all Renault passenger models, new-look Captur customers will enjoy the peace-of-mind of a 5 year/unlimited km factory warranty and 5 years of Roadside Assistance. All models have 1 year servicing intervals (or up to 30,000km whichever comes first) and are covered by Renault’s Capped Price Servicing programme where the first three scheduled services are capped at just $299 each from the 56-strong Australia-wide network of Authorised Renault Dealers.

“We have added fantastic new technology and features to a package that has already been a multiple category award winner in Europe,” said Jason Miller, Renault Australia Marketing Director. “With our sharp entry-level pricing and outstanding aftersales support, customers in the small SUV segment will quickly appreciate the appeal of the new-look Renault Captur with both their heart and their head,” he said.

Specification Update

Renault has added some practical and customer-friendly features to the new-look Captur range.

Service Intervals 

The new-look Captur is fitted with Renault’s Oil Condition System (OCS) which monitors vehicle driving conditions related to the condition of the engine oil. OCS has allowed the service intervals to be extended on new-look Captur to 12 months or up to 30,000km (whichever comes first). A service reminder message will be displayed in the instrument cluster when the vehicle is due for a service. It is important that the vehicle is serviced based on either the time or distance requirement to ensure ongoing performance and reliability. 

Easy Park Assist (Intens model) 

Thanks to the front and side sensors that assist with rear parking and the rear-view camera, the driver enjoys great visibility for all manoeuvres. Once a parking space has been identified by the driver, with a push of a button, the Renault Captur Intens checks that the manoeuvre is feasible and informs the driver (using a sound and visual warning) that it is ready to park the vehicle. The driver can carry out the parking manoeuvre hands-free, controlling only the accelerator and the brake. 

Easy Park requires the following criteria to be in effect:

  • A parallel parking spot must be at least as long as the vehicle plus an additional 70 cm. 
  • A parking spot at an angle to or perpendicular to the kerb must be at least as wide as the vehicle length plus 90cm. 
  • To scan the available spot before the manoeuvre, the side of the vehicle must not be further than 250 cm from the edge of the vehicles surrounding the spot.

Extended Grip Control 

Extended Grip control in the new-look Renault Captur is an advanced traction control system designed to optimise grip in all conditions. Through an easy-use dial, located below the gear lever, the driver can choose from three modes of assistance (On-road, Off-road, or Expert) to always be in control of their vehicle during acceleration and take off.

1. On-Road - The default mode, suitable for all paved roads (dry, wet or icy). This mode will be automatically selected above 40km/h.
2. Off-Road – Select this mode for loose surfaces and the vehicle will automatically adjust engine torque and braking effort to allow more front wheel spin. This allows the special tyres to clear mud, sand and loose snow more effectively and benefit from better grip.
3. Expert – In this mode, the driver takes full control over the engine torque to accelerate how they like, while the system optimises the braking effect.

The Extended Grip system comes paired with special Khumo ‘Mud and Snow’ rated tyres (205/55R17 91V Solus KH25) to effectively navigate mud, sand or light snow, thanks to maximum traction.

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show hosts the world premiere of the SYMBIOZ – Renault’s vision of the car and its role in society looking ahead to 2030. Electric. Autonomous. Connected. It is designed to be fully integrated in the human ecosystem. Renault’s new concept car actively explores the future of mobility and offers a completely new travelling experience with features, technology and design that interact with its ecosystem.

“The way we use our cars is changing. Already a car is more than just a way to get from one place to another. Full of technology, it’s becoming an interactive and personalised space that connects passengers to other cars, people and objects around them” said Thierry Bolloré, Chief Competitive Officer, Groupe Renault.

From mobility of the future to pure driving enjoyment, Renault’s vision of the car is people-centred for an easier life experience.

RENAULT SYMBIOZ: A NEW LIVING SPACE FOR A NEW KIND OF FREEDOM

The Renault SYMBIOZ concept is powered by all-electric motors in line with Renault’s intent to continue to pursue its Zero Emissions strategy. Renault, the European leader in electric vehicles, developed SYMBIOZ to ensure the home and car share energy. Kilowatt-hours are distributed through a smart grid shared by the car and the home in an artificial intelligence environment that anticipates people’s needs. For example, it’s possible to programme the system to use the power stored in the car batteries temporarily for the lights, screens and home appliances during peak times. If there is a blackout, this happens automatically and power sharing can be monitored and adjusted.

Both cars are electric, autonomous and fully connected to their environment. ‘Travellers’ – the driver and passengers – enjoy a cabin that feels like home and has been designed for autonomous motoring. On the road, the car becomes an extension of the home. When parked inside the home, it doubles as an extra mobile, modular and multi-purpose room.

The Renault SYMBIOZ marks an industry first

Renault is the first car manufacturer to present a complete home at a motor show that evokes future possibilities of how the car will deliver new features inside the home and will be an extension of the home on the road. Visitors to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show were able to explore SYMBIOZ and the unprecedented display which embodies Renault’s vision of how mobility might evolve in years to come and new-generation mobility and connected services solutions.

Renault showed the house and concept in static and dynamic modes. In the first scenario, SYMBIOZ drives into the house to become an additional, modular room in the form of a useful, mobile and connected space, parking inside and then outside the physical structure.

SYMBIOZ also shows Renault’s vision of the car as an extension of the home when travelling. Generous cabin space is attributed to SYMBIOZ’s rear-wheel drive configuration, with two electric motors located on the rear axle, and the batteries housed beneath the floor. The combination of the retracting dashboard, and pivoting front seats make it ideally suited to ‘Mind-off’ autonomous driving. In this mode, drivers can easily relax and chat, read a book or enjoy total access to their personal digital world. Additional personalisation technology allows automatic detection of passengers, customized seat settings, music streaming, and entertainment options.

“After an initial series of concept cars based on Renault’s ‘Cycle of Life’ design strategy which sought to prefigure the styling of our upcoming models, our new concept cars set out to explore what mobility might resemble in the future,” said Renault SVP Corporate Design Laurens van den Acker.

“No longer can we think of car design in isolation from the ecosystem surrounding us. Renault SYMBIOZ truly is a unique project that allowed us to work with planners, designers, engineers and architects. Our goal was to explore new boundaries in customer experience, technology, energy use and design harmony to form a completely new global experience.”

A real demo car based on Easy Life of SYMBIOZ – on the road soon

An electric, autonomous and connected demo vehicle that makes real many of the elements of SYMBIOZ will be available for testing later this year. This demo vehicle embodies the brand’s mid-term vision before 2023 and previews technology Renault customers may find in its production car range in the near future. This includes an evolved version of MULTI-SENSE technology, which adapts the ambiance and driving experience to customer mood in the Mégane, Scénic, Talisman and Espace in our current range. The demo car will also showcase features from the “EASY CONNECT”, new-generation mobility and connected services solutions, and it will preview the Renault Autonomous drive technology that will be progressively deployed in the range under the name “EASY DRIVE”.

The demo version of SYMBIOZ was made in partnership with technology and creative industry leaders in an Open Innovation approach:

  • LG is involved in the development of the human-machine interfaces.
  • Ubisoft is providing on board virtual reality experience for autonomous driving mode.
  • Devialet is developing a new user experience through advanced sound system.
  • Sanef is working on the way the car communicates with road network infrastructure.
  • TomTom is contributing its geo-positioning expertise.
  • IAV is providing autonomous driving engineering expertise.

Renault’s top-selling model – the Koleos medium SUV – is now available with a choice of two engines, with a powerful yet frugal diesel joining the line-up in September.

“The Koleos has always been our top-selling model in Australia,” said Renault Australia Managing Director, Justin Hocevar. “And with the arrival of a diesel engine to complete the line-up, there’s no question that Koleos will continue to go from strength to strength. The second-generation Koleos launched here in August 2016, which was its global sales debut, demonstrating how important this model is in the continued expansion of Renault’s business in Australia. Since then, we have sold over 2,600 units and orders keep flooding in.

“It’s no surprise, as the Koleos ticks so many boxes,” said Hocevar. “It has the rugged, robust characteristics of an SUV wrapped in a stylish distinctive exterior, combined with interior refinement you’d expect from a more expensive, high-end vehicle. Its feature list is as long as your arm and its safety credentials are top-notch.”

The Renault Koleos Diesel is available in one variant with 4X4 driven wheels and All-Mode 4X4-i technology. It features a 2.0 litre turbo charged engine, delivering 130kW of power and 380Nm of torque, with fuel economy of 6.1 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 159 g/km.

This 2.0 litre diesel engine is smooth and powerful yet much quieter than most diesel engines. It also features an Energy Package with Smart Electrical Management and variable capacity oil pump.

The engine is mated to the same XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) as the petrol-powered Koleos. This transmission avoids the ‘rubber band’ feeling of conventional CVTs to provide on-demand acceleration thanks to a wider ratio spread. A manual mode is also available to further enhance its dynamic drive. It is calibrated differently to work with the torque characteristics of the diesel engine.

The Koleos Diesel also benefits from extended service intervals of up to 30,000km or 12 months, just like its petrol-powered cousin.

The Renault Koleos Diesel mirrors the specification level of the top-selling Intens variant of the petrol-powered Koleos. It features the Advanced Driver Assist Systems (Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Emergency Braking Inter-urban), Easy Park Assist (hands-free parking), Pure Vision LED headlights with auto high/low beam, hands-free power tailgate, electric panoramic sunroof, BOSE® audio system with 12 speakers, subwoofer and digital amplifier, leather upholstery with heated/ventilated front seats and ambient cabin lighting, just to name a few.

The Koleos Diesel has the addition of automatic engine stop/start, however does not feature remote engine start. The new Renault Koleos Diesel is available for the Manufacturer’s List Price of $46,990, excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges.

The new-look Clio R.S. – drawing on Renault Sport’s wealth of knowledge and expertise – has arrived in Renault showrooms across Australia.

“The Renault Sport badge has a long and successful history here in Australia,” said Renault Australia’s Managing Director, Justin Hocevar. “Australia consistently appears in the top five for global Renault Sport sales and we expect this to continue with this new-look model.
“One of the exciting new features is the innovative chequered flag-shaped R.S. VISION lighting system, exclusive to Renault Sport vehicles. This highly-efficient lighting signature enhances night-time visibility, by co-ordinating the fog lights, cornering lights and side lights as well as the long-range headlights.

“Of course, the Clio R.S. benefits from Renault’s five year unlimited kilometre warranty and Capped Price Servicing, providing our customers with outstanding value and peace of mind.” Hocevar said.

The new-look Clio R.S. stays true to its sporty heritage, with the same energetic and efficient drivetrain featuring a 1.6 litre turbo charged petrol engine delivering 147kW and 260Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also features steering column-mounted paddle shifts with Multi-Downshift function (unique to the Light segment). 

There’s the choice of two chassis; Sport and Cup. Each chassis is tuned differently to ensure customers have the option to tailor their driving experience. The versatile and everyday Sport sits on 17 inch alloy wheels, while the Cup, with 18 inch alloy wheels, provides the perfect blend of road and circuit driving characteristics for the more enthusiastic driver.

Of course, the new-look Clio R.S. keeps the unique Renault Sport features including Launch Control, R.S. Drive (enabling a choice of Normal, Sport and Race modes) and the R.S. Monitor (available with the factory-fitted Entertainment Pack).

Clio R.S. also features hydraulic compression bump stops – developed for rallying by Renault Sport – which unlike classic stops, enable the energy return to be absorbed at the end of the shock absorber stroke, usually reserved for competition vehicles. As such, the driver benefits from an improvement to the potential of the front axle, better handling on compromised road surfaces and increased overall comfort. Anti-roll stiffness of the rear axle is doubled compared to a mid-range vehicle, which increases body support and effectiveness. 

The Clio R.S. has large diameter brakes (320mm) designed specifically for intensive use, reduced brake pedal travel and stable braking distribution.

At the front, the new-look Clio R.S. is visually broader by virtue of a redesigned front bumper. The new multi-faceted LED lighting signature called R.S. Vision – initially seen on the Clio R.S. 16 concept car – provides a distinctive look and outstanding lighting performance. R.S. VISION has three power intensities as well as three different functionalities: fog/cornering lights, high beam and low beam.

At the rear there’s a spoiler, functional diffuser and twin exhaust. The rear lights carry over the C-shaped lighting signature. The R.S. badge appears with the Renault ‘diamond’ at the front of the vehicle, on the wheels and at the rear.

Other new features over the outgoing Clio R.S. include front fog lights, front parking sensors, automatic engine stop/start, climate control air-conditioning, Tyre Pressure Warning system, LED cabin lights, digital radio as well as a factory-fitted option of Android Auto phone mirroring (see Entertainment Pack below).

There are a number of factory-fitted option packs for the new-look Clio R.S.:

  • Black Pack: F1-inspired black blade on front bumper, black boot lid and black Renault Sport badge, black rear diffuser, black trim inserts on side door protection and black 17 inch alloy wheels (Sport only, Cup has black alloys)
  • Leather Pack: dark leather upholstery with red highlights and R.S. badge on front headrest, heated front seats and height adjustable passenger seat
  • Entertainment Pack: R-LINK navigation and multimedia system with voice control, Android Auto phone mirroring, R.S. Monitor, BOSE® premium sound system (four speakers, two dashboard tweeters, bass box and amplifier) and R-Sound

Manufacturer’s List Price*

Clio R.S. Sport $30,990
Clio R.S. Cup $32,490

*Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

Factory-fitted Options (recommended retail price)

Metallic paint $550
Signature metallic paint $750
Black Pack $500
Leather Pack $1,500
Entertainment Pack $1,500

 

“The whole Megane family is now here and to celebrate, we have announced drive-away pricing across each and every model,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s Managing Director.

“The Megane nameplate has a long history in Australia and many fans. There is now a Megane to suit just about every lifestyle.”

With the arrival of the Wagon and Sedan models, Renault Australia recently upgraded the Hatch range to include a suite of driver assistance and convenience technologies. The Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) comprising of Advanced Emergency Braking (Inter-urban), Lane Departure Waring and Automatic High/Low Beam headlights is available as a factory-fitted option on the Life and Zen variants of the Megane Hatch, as well as the Zen variants of the Wagon and Sedan for only $700.

The Megane Hatch GT-Line and GT receive ADAS as standard with the addition of Distance Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). These variants also receive the 8.7 inch portrait orientation capacitive touchscreen for the R-LINK 2 multimedia system.

“Each and every model combines beautiful styling, beautiful technology and beautiful performance in a family that offers three different body styles.

“The high levels of specification that include a number of active safety features, ensure the Megane range is very well equipped to take the sales fight directly to its European rivals in the small segment.
“This new drive-away pricing combined with Renault’s excellent reassurance package of a five year, unlimited kilometre warranty and our Capped Price Servicing programme demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the very best value for money for our customers,” Hocevar said.

The below table outlines the drive-away pricing across each variant of the Megane range, as at 1 July 2017.

    Drive-Away
HATCH Life (M) $22,990
Life (EDC) $25,990
Zen $28,990
GT-Line $34,990
GT $40,990
SEDAN Zen $29,990
Intens $35,990
WAGON Zen $30,490
GT-Line $36,490
GT $42,490

For a full list of specifications for each variant, please visit www.renault.com.au

Renault Australia is expanding the appeal of its beautifully styled and feature-packed Megane hatch, with the addition of a sporty wagon and elegant sedan.

“The all-new Renault Megane wagon and sedan enable us to broaden our offer in one of the largest and most competitive segments of the new car market,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s Managing Director. “With the welcome return of the Megane wagon to the range, Renault now has an even more practical vehicle for families with an active lifestyle, or for business users who need significant carrying capacity as well as the comfort, safety and performance of a passenger car.

“The all-new Megane sedan is pitched right into the heart of the four-door compact market, offering above-average specification and a sharp price. When you combine this with our five year, unlimited kilometre warranty and our Capped Price Servicing programme, the Renault Megane range stands head and shoulders above its closest competitors,” Hocevar said.

The powertrains for the wagon and sedan are in-line with their hatch sibling, which launched in September 2016.

All-new Renault Megane wagon

The all-new Megane wagon broadly echoes the specification levels of the hatch and is available in Zen, GT-Line and the Renault Sport-enhanced GT trim levels. The 1.6 litre engine in the GT wagon is a potent competitor for the performance sector, where load capacity is prized as much as acceleration and handling. The Zen and GT-Line are powered by the same advanced, high-efficiency and fun to drive turbo charged 1.2 litre engine in the hatch, along with the seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automated transmission for the first time. 

Standard features include six airbags, stability control, Hill Start Assist, electronic park brake, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, R-LINK 2 multimedia system with satellite navigation and a seven inch capacitive touchscreen, Arkamys audio with eight speakers, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

The Zen can be optioned with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Pack (Advanced Emergency Braking Inter-urban, Lane Departure Warning and automatic high/low beam function) as well as a Sunroof Pack (electric sunroof, automatic dimming rear view mirror and sun visor with illuminated mirror).

The GT-Line adds ADAS as standard with the addition of Blind Spot Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Distance Warning, side parking sensors, R-LINK 2 with an 8.7 inch capacitive touchscreen and satellite navigation, instrument panel with a colour TFT screen that can be personalised, Alcantara upholstery for the seats, MULTI-SENSE system, 17 inch Decaro alloy wheels, GT-Line signature badging, rear privacy glass and electric panoramic sunroof.

The GT-Line can be optioned with a Premium Pack (Bose audio system and Pure Vision LED headlights) and 18 inch Grand Tour alloy wheels.

The GT features Launch Control and Multi Downshift, as well as 4CONTROL all-wheel steering, combined with Renault Sport-tuned suspension, features such as black and blue Alcantara upholstery, gloss black honeycomb front upper and lower grille, Renault Sport GT front bumper, 18 inch Magny Cours alloy wheels.

The GT can be optioned with a Premium Pack (Bose audio system and Pure Vision LED headlights) and Sunroof Pack (electric sunroof, automatic dimming rear view mirror and sun visor with illuminated mirror). The Manufacturer’s List Price for the all-new Megane wagon is as follows:

Variant Transmission Manufacturer's List Price *
Zen EDC $28,490
GT-Line EDC $33,490
GT EDC

$39,490

*Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

Recommended Retail Pricing for options is as follows:

Variant Option RRP
Zen Sunroof Pack $1,990
ADAS $700
GT-Line Premium Pack $1,490
Wheels $990
GT Premium Pack $1,490
Sunroof Pack $1,990

Metallic paint is an additional $600.

All-new Renault Megane sedan

The all-new Megane sedan is available in Zen and Intens variants, both of which are well equipped and well-priced compared to their competitors. Based on Renault’s Common Module Family C/D architecture, the sedan was conceived, designed and developed in tandem with the hatch. This means it benefits from the same features, technology and engine variants as its five-door sibling, adding record-breaking roominess for its class, generous space for occupants and a boot capacity of 503 litres. 

Courtesy of its dynamic styling and features from the next segment up, the all-new Renault Megane sedan represents a genuine upmarket shift, enabling Renault’s latest model to position itself as the new benchmark in the compact sedan category. Standard features for the Megane sedan include six airbags, stability control, Hill Start Assist, electronic park brake, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, R-LINK 2 multimedia system with satellite navigation and a seven inch capacitive touchscreen, Arkamys audio with eight speakers, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers. 

The Zen sedan can be optioned with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) Pack (Advanced Emergency Braking Inter-urban and Lane Departure Warning) as well as a Sunroof Pack (electric sunroof, automatic dimming rear view mirror and sun visor with illuminated mirror).

The Intens variant of the sedan adds ADAS as standard with the addition of Blind Spot Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Distance Warning, side parking sensors, R-LINK 2 with an 8.7 inch portrait orientation capacitive touchscreen and satellite navigation, Easy Park Assist, MULTI-SENSE system, 18 inch Grand Tour alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, electric panoramic sunroof, dark charcoal cloth upholstery, front LED daytime running lights with 3D Edge effect and Pure Vision LED headlights.

The Manufacturer’s List Price for the all-new Megane sedan is as follows:


Variant
Transmission Manufacturer's List Price *
Zen EDC $27,490
Intens EDC

$31,990

*Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

Recommended Retail Pricing for options is as follows:


Variant
Option RRP
Zen Sunroof Pack $1,990
ADAS

$700

Metallic paint is an additional $600.

The new-look Renault Clio has hit Australian shores, with more features and a sharp new price that will definitely turn heads.

“The award-winning Clio is one of Renault’s most well-known nameplates around the world,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s Managing Director. “Clio is one of our core models in Australia and continues to be one of our strongest selling vehicles.

“Despite diminishing stock of the outgoing model, sales kicked off strongly on Clio already this year, which is set to continue given its reputation for appealing design and attractive interior packaging. Now that we’ve added more features, new technology and a sharp price, on top of our excellent five-year warranty and capped price service programme, Clio is an even better value proposition,” Hocevar said.

The new-look Clio takes on Renault’s new nomenclature, in-line with the recently released Koleos and Megane hatch models. Variants include Life, available with a manual transmission or EDC and Zen, Intens and GT-Line with EDC only. The drivetrain remains unchanged and the Clio R.S. will be launched in a few months’ time.

The Life variant has a national drive-away price of $17,990 for the manual and $19,990 for the EDC. Exterior changes on the Life variant include body coloured door mirrors and handles, a chrome boot lid strip, chrome door sill insert and chrome trim radiator grille as well as a new 16 inch flex wheel design. 

Inside, the Life variant adds features including hands-free entry with smartkey, push button start, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor, rear view camera, rear parking sensors, ECO mode, electric windows (all positions) and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Stepping up to the Zen sees the addition of Renault’s new C-shaped lighting signature – as seen in the Koleos and Megane hatch – at the front with Pure Vision LED headlights, front fog light with a chrome surround, front parking sensors, satellite navigation with voice control, a gloss black treatment for the lower rear bumper trim, side door protection and B-pillar as well as two-tone 16 inch Pulsize alloy wheels.

The luxurious Intens model gains chrome window trim, side parking sensors, hands-free parking, driver’s armrest, LED cabin lights, 3D Arkamys sound system, R-LINK navigation and multimedia system with voice control, height adjustable passenger’s seat, velvet and artificial leather upholstery, climate control, rear privacy glass, 17 inch Optemic two-tone alloy wheels and free personalisation as follows:

  • Exterior: the door sill insert, grille insert and boot lid can be either Flame Red or Ivory
  • Interior: the dashboard, door panel and seat highlights can be either Intense Red or Grey

Finally, the GT-Line receives Renault Sport-inspired blue highlights for the upholstery, aluminium sport pedals, GT-Line badging, Renault Sport rear spoiler, leather handbrake handle, satin grey for the door mirrors, exterior trim, front and rear bumper insert as well as 17 inch Serdar alloy wheels.

The Manufacturer’s List Price for the new-look Clio is as follows:


Variant
Transmission Manufacturer's List Price *
Life Manual $15,990
EDC $17,990
Zen EDC $19,900
Intens EDC $22,990
GT-Line EDC

$22,990

*Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges

Recommended Retail Pricing for Clio options is as follows:


Variant
Option RRP
Zen Panoramic fixed sunroof $1,000
Intens Panoramic fixed sunroof $1,000
Bose® premium sound system $500

GT-Line

 

Panoramic fixed sunroof $1,000
Bose® premium sound system $500
Leather trim and heated front seats $1,500

Metallic paint is an additional $500.

The Renault ZOE e-sport concept car revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show showcases Renault’s commitment to the ongoing development of electric vehicles.

Based on the all-electric ZOE’s supermini platform, ZOE e-sport concept draws on Groupe Renault’s three years of success in the FIA Formula E Championship. This all-electric single-seater series, fought on challenging street circuits around the world, has proved a popular and accessible way for the public to enjoy high-performance electric racing.

The two-seater ZOE e-sport concept echoes the styling of the latest Renault single-seater race cars, and its colour scheme reflects the livery of the e.dams team. The lightweight body structure is made of carbon fibre, and the car tips the scales at just 1,400kg, including the battery (450kg). This minimal weight in addition to excellent aerodynamics, power close to 460bhp and torque of 640Nm, helps the car to accelerate from standstill to 62mph in 3.2 seconds.

“The brief for the Renault ZOE e-sport concept couldn’t have been simpler: ‘Have fun!’. So we came up with something midway between a production model and a racing car… It’s perfect for lovers of extreme driving sensation,” said Stéphane Janin, Director, Concept Car Design.

“At Renault, we believe that electric cars are capable of addressing the needs of all types of customers, with the emphasis on driving enjoyment… The Renault ZOE e-sport concept is a stunning expression of this,” said Éric Feunteun, Director, Electric Vehicle Programme.

Sporty styling with Renault’s hallmark French design

The ZOE e-sport concept’s connection to Formula E is immediately apparent thanks to a colour scheme inspired by the reigning champion Renault e.dams team’s 2016/2017 livery. The dominant colour is Satin Blue with flashes of yellow on the door mirror and the front and rear bumper beading. The bumpers, lip spoiler and headlight/air intake surrounds have a carbon fibre finish.

The 20-inch diamond-cut aluminium alloy Sport wheels feature contrasting angles highlighted by a two-tone finish in black and Shadow Chrome. These rims come with a central locking nut.

The overall design retains traditional Renault styling cues, plus elegant flourishes from higher-end high-performance models. The ZOE e-sport concept has extra-tinted windows. Its doors are opened by a simple tap on the ‘open’ zone incorporating tactile sensors.

The headlights carry over the C-shape that has become a hallmark of the latest Renault models. The prominent vertically mounted backlit Renault front and rear diamond logos echo the styling of the Renault Trezor concept car unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Inside the cabin, the colours and materials express the car’s sport pedigree. Black is the dominant colour, with a few splashes of blue and – notably for the controls – aluminium. The seats, steering wheel and door panels are trimmed with overstitched Alcantara.

Built for speed – and great handling

The ZOE e-sport concept’s stiff, lightweight structure allows for high performance, with superb grip and handling. Like the Renault e.dams Formula E single-seater, the bodywork is made from carbon fibre. The chassis features a tubular steel roll cage with protective Kevlar panels. It complies with FIA safety standards, allowing the ZOE e-sport concept to be used on race tracks. 

Outstanding aerodynamics are achieved with the aid of a front air dam, flat undercarriage, a Formula E-inspired diffuser and a large carbon fibre tailgate spoiler with a linear braking light. Inside, the ZOE e-sport concept has two Recaro bucket seats equipped with competition harnesses and a driving position that is ideal for track driving. A rectangular steering wheel gives drivers the broader field of vision enjoyed by Renault’s Formula E drivers. 

As in Formula E, the driver can adjust the powertrain settings and control energy consumption. The dash panel features three zones that permit management of the gearbox, driving mode (four options available) and brake distribution.

Energy efficiency from Renault Sport’s unique expertise

The ZOE e-sport concept’s powertrain is inspired by technologies developed by engineers at Renault Sport Racing and Renault e.dams. Two motors deliver a total of 340kW – almost 460bhp. By comparison, rules laid down by motorsport’s governing body the FIA, limit Formula E single-seaters to 270bhp. The two motors are identical, with one at the front of the car, the other at the rear. And, as in Formula e, they feature high-capacity permanent magnet technology to maximise energy efficiency. To exploit all this power, the ZOE e-sport concept’s battery has a capacity of 40kWh. 

As in Formula E, an air-and-water cooling system with a front-mounted radiator is used to make sure that the battery and control systems operate at the ideal temperature. The ZOE e-sport concept also benefits from Renault’s Formula E experience in terms of optimised power delivery to the wheels. Renault-developed power electronics govern battery energy accurately and dynamically to meet the driver’s needs at any time. Energy management is completely configurable and adjustable after each drive or during race weekends.

The electronic settings offer four driving modes that adapt, depending on whether the driver wants performance or a longer range. They can also be tailored to suit different types of circuit and driving styles, adjusting the power delivery between the two motors to place greater emphasis on front- or rear-wheel drive.

Race-inspired suspension ensures superb handling

The design and set-up of the ZOE e-sport concept’s chassis benefit greatly from the expert input of Renault Sport Racing’s specialists and their work on Groupe Renault’s most extreme performance cars. Built by TORK Engineering, the tubular steel chassis is based on those used by Renault Sport cars competing in hill climbs and ice races. 

The ZOE e-sport concept has a lowered ride height, wider track and four-wheel drive to guarantee maximum cornering stability. The double-wishbone suspension front and rear was developed for racing and maintains efficient axle geometry in all situations. The Öhlins four-way adjustable dampers are another by-product of motorsport and can be adjusted to suit different circuit types or driving styles, like those selected for the Renault Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R.

The ZOE e-sport concept’s large, 20-inch wheels are able to transfer all the car’s significant power to the road. Fitted with 245/35 R20 tyres, they are an unusual sight on a racing circuit. Suitably large brake discs ensure competition-style stopping power.

Electric motors deliver instant acceleration

The ZOE e-sport concept accelerates to 62mph (100kph) from rest in 3.2 seconds. Its maximum speed is capped at 130mph (210kph) and takes fewer than 10 seconds to achieve it. The high torque output of 640Nm (320Nm per motor) is available almost instantly. Electric motors deliver all their performance the moment they are activated, and it takes only a few tenths of a second for the ZOE e-sport concept’s motors to reach 4,300rpm. The acceleration is linear, uninterrupted by gear changes.

The electric powertrain does not have the jolts or loud noise emitted by an internal combustion engine. Like those generated by a Formula E car, noise levels are limited to the sounds of the transmission and tyre scrub.

Renault’s leading position

Renault tops the electric vehicle sales charts in Europe in a consistently expanding market. Renault is still the only car manufacturer in the world to offer a commercially available comprehensive range of electric vehicles to cover a wide variety of uses.

  • More than 100,000 Groupe Renault electric vehicles are already on the road
  • More than one electric vehicle in four sold in Europe in 2016 was a Renault
  • The ZOE was Europe’s top-selling electric car for the second year in a row
  • There’s an electric car for everyone, from the Twizy city car and ZOE supermini to the Kangoo Z.E. light commercial vehicle
  • At the 2017 Brussels Motor Show Renault announced that the Kangoo Z.E. Van will receive significant improvements to its range (168 miles NEDC) and charging system from the Summer of 2017 and a new Master Z.E. large van will be made available from late 2017
  • Groupe Renault was the first European car manufacturer to launch all-electric vehicles back in late 2012 and its strategy is to continue developing mass-market electric cars