By Mike Torpey on 2019-01-30 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
extra special ZOE
RENAULT has opened the order book on a new version at the head of its electric ZOE supermini line-up.
The new Renault ZOE S Edition replaces the previous Signature Nav version and brings extra kit at a small premium over the Dynamique Nav grade.
First deliveries are expected in April.
Renault says the new S Edition aligns the ZOE with the rest of the simplified range of Renault cars and ensures it continues to offer a simple choice with strong value to customers.
Added equipment includes a BOSE stereo, which includes DAB radio, and a rear parking camera.
All the seats are finished in a leather and textile covering and comfort is enhanced with lumbar adjustment on the driver's seat.
On the exterior, buyers can choose between 16-inch ‘Black Shadow' alloy wheels or, at no additional cost, upgrade to 17-inch ‘Black Optemic' alloys.
These features are in addition to those already found on the entry level Renault ZOE Dynamique Nav, which includes a hands-free keycard, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and lights, climate control, and a leather steering wheel and gear knob.
Also featuring is front and rear electric windows, and electric, heated and folding door mirrors.
Voice-controlled sat nav is also standard on all ZOE models via an embedded tablet in the centre console that includes a seven-inch touchscreen.
The Renault ZOE S Edition is priced from £19,270 including the government Plug-in Car Grant, making it just £850 more than the Dynamique Nav.
Customers can choose to buy their car and lease the battery, or they can purchase the full car outright, referred to as ZOE i. Battery leasing starts at £59 per month.
The Q90 Quick Charge motor allows for faster battery charging, from zero to 80 per cent in 65 minutes with a 43kWh charger.
The R110 motor has an extra 19bhp and has improved performance, especially between 50mph and 70mph. Both are mated to the Z.E. 40 battery and have a range of 186 miles.
In addition, all retail customers who purchase a Renault ZOE receive a free 7kW wall-box for their home.
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