Scheduled for a market launch in 2012, the battery-powered Renault Zoe is one vehicle that flew under the radar at the Paris Motor Show and somehow managed to duck out of view as our cameras made their rounds. Though we didn't catch it live, Renault claims that the images it released are a 90 percent accurate representation of the production model. Good thing, since we're impressed with what we see.
The striking four-door concept comes in at 161 inches long, 70.4 inches wide and 60.6 inches high. Its compact dimensions, hatchback body style and rumored price in the neighborhood of £13,000 ($20,690 U.S. at the current exchange rate) should send the Zoe flying off dealer lots upon arrival. But, if those attributes don't generate sales, then Renault is quite confident that its performance will.
Powered by a 80-horsepower (60 kW) electric motor that cranks out 164 pound-feet of torque, the Zoe scoots to 60 miles per hour in eight seconds, tops out at 84 mph and runs up to 99 miles on a single charge. The Zoe's quick-charge capabilities means that a mere ten minutes of plugged-in time results in 37 miles of additional range. If you're still not convinced that the Zoe is a breakthrough electric vehicle, well, maybe its three-minute battery swap capabilities or perhaps its skin hydration, on-board air quality sensors or relaxing scent diffusers will convince you otherwise. Hit the jump to discover the Renault Zoe. Hat tip to David!