The compact Zoe, the best selling electric in Europe, begins to be sold on November 6 in Brazil. The model arrives in the Intense version, with a suggested price of R $ 149,990. Two dealers, Sinal, in São Paulo, and Globo, in Curitiba, will have test-drive cars shortly after the São Paulo Show and will sell Zoe. The Zoe has a range of more than 300 kilometers (WLTP cycle), thanks to the ZE 40 battery. Plugged into a 3-phase 22 kW, the vehicle only takes 1h40 to reach 80% of its total load. The ZE 40 battery was developed based on an important innovation: increasing the energy density by increasing the storage capacity of the battery, maintaining the size, more advanced solution also to respect the limitation in relation to weight gain. The Zoe features a highly energy efficient motor and optimized electronic battery management, limiting the electric consumption of the vehicle in use, while maintaining power. Launched in early 2015, the R90 is a 100% Renault engine. Since the launch, Zoe is the flagship of Renault ZE technology, representing the Group’s electrical excellence. Among the highlights of this technology are regenerative braking and heat pump, which maximize autonomy. All Renault series electric vehicles are designed and designed by the designers and engineers of the Technocentre Renault, located in Guyancourt (Paris region), being produced in the Group’s factories corvette c5 car covers. This electrical expertise is concentrated mainly in France, where the design and production with high added value is carried out. Renault is responsible for the design and production of Zoe and most of its mechanical systems. Zoe is the first car designed in Europe exclusively for 100% electric technology. Zoe is produced at the Renault factory of Flins (Paris region).
The ZOE R90 engine was completely conceived by Renault, resulting in the deposit of 95 patents. One of the biggest innovations of this development is the miniaturization of the Power Electronic Controller, to integrate the interconnection module, the power electronics and the Caméléon charger, with a volume 25% smaller than the previous motor. The R90 engine is produced at the Renault de Cléon (Normandy region) factory, where the Group concentrates the production of high added value engines and gearboxes (Energy engines, Renault Sport engines, etc.). The crankcase that allows to integrate the battery in the car and the front and rear axles of the Zoe are part of the mechanical systems 100% Renault. Designed by the Renault Group Chassis and Electric Vehicles Engineering, they are produced at the Le Mans Renault factory (Sarthe region). Driving a Renault electric vehicle is unbelievably surprising as the accelerations and resumes are vigorous even at lower engine speeds without any engine noise or vibrations.
The Zoe is an agile, easy-to-maneuver and pleasant vehicle when driven, thanks to a chassis adapted to the specifics of the vehicle and the work done in adjusting the steering, tires and shock absorbers. In a fraction of a second, the R90 electric motor delivers a maximum torque of 225 Nm, allowing agile accelerations and restarts even at low revs. The acceleration goes from 0 to 50 km / h – most frequent track in urban use – in 4 seconds. The acceleration is fluid, perfectly linear and without jerks. From the point of view of the driver, it is as if he had the best automatic transmission on the market. In parallel, the electric nature of the Zoe provides a quieter ride mainly thanks to the absence of engine noise and vibrations. The sound measured in the cabin of the Zoe between 40 and 75 km / h is 60 to 65 dB, which is 2 to 3 times smaller when compared to a thermal vehicle of equivalent power. Renault has sold more than 150 100% electric vehicles in Brazil to companies such as Itaipu, Fedex, TransportadoraPatrus and Natura, among others.
2018 – RENAULT ARKANA CONCEPT
Renault unveiled the Arkana car show in world premiere at the Moscow Motor Show. This unprecedented SUV Coupe heralds a global vehicle whose innovative design for the category is a big differential in the highly competitive C-segment. Currently this is the most dynamic and competitive niche of the automobile industry, especially for SUVs. With customers’ needs diversifying every day, the Arkana was born to meet new expectations, featuring an incredible combination of coupe elegance and ruggedness of an SUV. The Arkana show car displays a design that is both imposing and seductive. The higher ground distance, wider wheel arches and 19-inch wheels express all of its robustness and off-road capability. Robust, it’s always ready to face challenging weather and shooting conditions. In addition, the higher body-line waistline and the coupe-type roofline are highlighted by the chrome side frames and the panoramic glass roof. “The Arkana show car is a unique SUV Coupe, featuring a perfect fusion between the elegance of a sedan and the strength of an SUV. It displays all the attributes of the Renault brand, with a muscular design, strength and sensuality with a French touch.
“Laurens Van den Acker – Worldwide Director of Industrial Design, Renault Group. The new vehicle will be produced and marketed in different countries, starting in Russia as early as 2019. The Renault Arkana will later be manufactured and distributed in Asia and other regions. Under its Drive the Future strategic plan, the Renault Group aims to accelerate the pace of its international growth by expanding its product line to increase sales volume to 5 million units by 2022. Arkana will take a leading position of this objective. In 2017, the vehicles marketed by the Renault Group accounted for almost a third of the Russian automobile market (448,270 vehicles sold / 28% market share). Russia is currently the second market of the Renault Group and should occupy the first position at the end of the current strategic plan. “The idea of this innovative concept was born in Russia and the project was conducted with great involvement of the Renault teams in Russia. Arkana responds to the expectations of Russian customers as well as to numerous customers around the world, enabling the Renault Group to further accelerate its international expansion as part of its Drive the Future strategic plan. “Nicolas Maure – Senior Vice President, President of the Eurasia Region.
2018 – RENAULT CAPTUR
The Geneva Motor Show was the venue chosen by the French brand for the premiere of the Renault Captur’s mid-life upgrade, which is renewed with some exterior details, interiors and equipment, in order to continue receiving the attention of customers. Regarding its exterior aspect, the most important changes are related to the new design of its front, that in spite of conserving the traits that characterized the previous model, it launches a new shock of more sporty design, at the same time that it is have added new optical groups that use LED technology, providing greater attractiveness and efficiency. Exterior changes include new designs of alloy wheels, as well as a revised color palette and a new panoramic glass sunroof. At the rear, the only visible change is the design of the rear bumper, which shows a new shape for the silver shield on the bottom. For the time being Renault has not released images of the interior, although it may have improvements in terms of quality perception, with the use of better materials and a more careful overall appearance. Only three official images have been released, which allow to know the renewed Renault Captur 2017 from all angles. However, to know the images of its interior and all its details, it will be necessary to wait for its debut in the Hall of Geneva that will be celebrated from next week. Like the current model, the new Captur will be manufactured in Renault’s Spanish plant in Valladolid. Its arrival in the market is expected for the second quarter.
2018 – RENAULT CAPTUR BOSE
With seven speakers and an amplifier from the renowned automotive audio company, Captur will further enrich the on-board experience with the Bose limited series, which will be launched in the first half of 2019. To differentiate itself externally from other versions, Captur Bose will have the brand logo stamped on the body, in addition to debuting the exclusive silver color on the ceiling of the versions with biton paint. Inside, the front speakers will also have the Bose emblem. The refined ambience will be due to the new leather seats with gray finishes, matching the contours of the side ventilation vents, and the black lined ceiling. Designed at a first glance, the Captur is comprised of the Zen and Intense versions, which deliver customer versatility with 1.6 (118/120 hp) and 2.0 (143/148 hp) engines and with manual, CVT and automatic transmissions.
RENAULT CAPTUR LIMITED
2018 – RENAULT CAPTUR LIMITED
During these days Renault is introducing the Limited Special Finish on some of its models. Renault Talisman Limited and Renault Espace Limited are a good example of this. Now, the French brand continues to expand throughout its line this finish and the last to incorporate it into its offer was the Renault Captur. The successful B-segment SUV is now available with the Limited finish. Following the line of other models that are already marketed, the Renault Captur Limited is a very interesting option due to the equipment / price ratio and the specific details as well as differentiators that it shows on the outside. In addition to equipping light alloy wheels, it shows the ‘Limited’ emblem on the A-pillar and the external rearview mirror housings feature a black finish. Add to that the chrome finishes and the possibility of choosing a two-tone finish for the body, the result is a more stylish and stylish Captur. Following the arrival of this new version, the Renault Captur line in Europe consists of the following finishes: Life, Intens, Limited, Zen and S-Edition. A total of five options that allow the Renault model to offer one of the most varied lines in its category.
Among the most relevant standard equipment offered by this level of finishing are: leather steering wheel, blackened rear windows, black outside rearview mirrors, keyless entry and keyless entry, central locking, electric windows, automatic climate control, headlamp adjustable with height adjustment, MediaNAV Evolution system with 7.0-inch touch screen, USB connection, Jack and Bluetooth, navigation with Europe mapping, multiple airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS and ESC, tire pressure sensor, LED lights for daytime running and fog lights. As for the mechanical part, the Limited finish will only be accessible if the option is a gasoline engine. There are two options available in the Renault configurator. On the one hand comes a 0.9 literTCe engine of 90 hp and 140 Nm of maximum torque, while on top is a 1.2 literTCe engine of 120 hp and 205 Nm. Both are coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission option.