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A mere 3.45m in length, Zoé is both practical and functional with innovative opening panels thought through for urban use, including kinematics engineered to facilitate access and loading, especially in situations where space is at a premium.

The hatch is raised by a twin opening system, with the rear window and tailgate sliding into each other to keep overall height to a minimum when open while at the same time providing easy access.

A further practical feature concerns the rear left quarterlight which can be lowered so small items can be placed on the rear parcel shelf or in the boot.

The motorized passenger door features a two-hinge, three-axis opening system that offers extremely easy access.

The travel of the door itself can be selected according to whether access to both the front and rear seats, or just the front seat is required. In this way, the space taken up by the door when open is kept to a strict minimum.

Meanwhile, the glazed lateral part of the roof lifts up the instant one of the doors is opened.

Renault claims tha the Zoé's interior is "exceptionally spacious" for such a small vehicle. Its modular three-seat layout makes a number of combinations possible.

A starfish-like switch located on the side of the driver's seat makes it possible to arrange the cabin layout in one of three pre-set arrangements to optimize the way interior space is used.

Renault has used the space where a fourth seat would have been located for the luggage area.

The sliding front passenger seat and reclining seat back combine to form a platform for the transport of bulky loads.

Under the bonnet is a new 1.2-litre turbo-charged unit that delivers 73 kW and maximum torque of 145Nm.


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