The Renault Zoe has been updated for the 2018 model year, and now features a more powerful electric motor called the R110 among other revisions.

The R110 – an evolution of the previous R90 – was developed in-house within a two-year period, and is produced at Renault’s Cleon plant in the southwest of Paris. The motor is rated at 108 hp and 225 Nm of torque, which is 16 hp more than what the R90 could muster.

Despite the increased output, the R110’s packaging of its enhanced electronics have not resulted in any weight or volume changes. Performance-wise, a R110-equipped Zoe will complete the century sprint in 11.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 135km/h. The new car also accelerates from 80-120 km/h two seconds quicker than its predecessor.

Power is supplied to the motor from a 41-kWh lithium-ion battery, which is claimed to offer at least 300 km of range, according to initial assessments. The new Zoe is currently undergoing homologation in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) that has been gradually rolled out in Europe since September 1, 2017, to replace NEDC certification.

The Zoe also gains a new exterior body colour called Blueberry Purple, and the range-topping Intens variant can be specified with a new Blueberry Purple Pack. The kit combines a purple exterior with a violet satin finish for the dashboard trim strip and air vent, gear lever base, loudspeaker surrounds, topstitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery. Android Auto also makes its way to the R-Link Evolution infotainment system.