All-new Renault Zoe quietly appears on Renault Malaysia website – priced from RM163k

After more than five years since it was first launched in Malaysia, the Renault Zoe is now apparently making a comeback here in its third iteration, codenamed ZE50. Quietly appearing on Renault Malaysia’s website, the new Renault Zoe EV is now available for booking starting at a price of RM 163,000 (OTR without insurance) – although interestingly, the booking fee is still listed at RM0 for now.

First introduced in Malaysia in 2016 at a price of RM146k, the first-generation Zoe was equipped with a 22 kWh battery that provided a 210 km range (NEDC). The revised ZE50 Renault Zoe comes with a much larger 52 kWh battery that provides 395 km of range (WLTP). With the bigger battery (and other improvements), the Zoe is now about RM17,000 more expensive than it was more than five years ago.

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This time around, the Renault Zoe is offered in two variants – the Renault Zoe Zen R110 and Renault Zoe Intens R135. The high variant Zoe Intens R135 produces 135 hp and 245 Nm, which is more powerful than the lower variant Zoe Zen R110 with 110 hp and 225 Nm. Since both variants get the same 52 kWh battery, the Zoe Intens has a shorter EV range of 386 km (WLTP).

While the first-generation Renault Zoe was not capable of DC charging (but was capable of up to 43kW AC charging), the ZE50 Renault Zoe is now capable of 50 kW DC fast charging and 22 kW AC charging. The former charges the car from 0 to 80% in 70 minutes, while the latter charges the car from 0 to 100% in three hours.

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Click to enlarge – Price list as seen on the Renault Malaysia website.

On the exterior, the design is still largely similar to the old Zoe that made its world debut way back in 2012, albeit refreshed. Interior updates include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 10-inch customizable digital instrument cluster.

In keeping up with the times, the ZE50 also provides safety features like lane-departure warning, Lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beam, among others.

Priced at RM163k (or RM175k for the Intens R135 variant), the Renault Zoe will not be the cheapest EV on offer in Malaysia. That title still belongs to the Hyundai Kona electric Lite. Those who are interested in the Renault Zoe may register their interest on Renault Malaysia’s official website.