Groupe Renault’s new mobility brand unveils new subscription-only D-segment saloon, due to launch in 2022.
Groupe Renault’s new Mobilize brand has unveiled an electric sedan designed for use as a taxi, private hire vehicle or fleet vehicle.
The Mobilize Limo has been developed through Group Renault’s joint venture with Chinese firm Jiangling Motors. It will makes its public debut at the Munich motor show before it goes on sale exclusively through a subscription service in the second half of 2022.
The D-segment four-door saloon is 4670mm long. It’s powered by a 110kW and 220Nm electric motor that offers a 0-100kph time of 9.6sec and a limited top speed of 140kph.
It’s powered by a 60kWh lithium ion battery that gives a claimed range of 450km and can be charged on both AC and DC systems.
Mobilize said the Limo is intended for use in urban regions, where private hire drivers typically cover around 240km per day.
Three driving models and three levels of regenerative braking will be offered, while a turning circle of 11.2 metres is designed to help with urban manoeuvring.
The exterior styling features a distinctive front end to separate Mobilize from Renault, with a sleek, coupé-esque profile. There are also flush door handles, LED headlights and 17in alloy wheels.
Mobilize designed the Limo specifically for use in private hire and other mobility fleets, with a focus on durability, ease of use and rear passenger space. The 2750mm wheelbase has been designed to maximise leg room for rear passengers, with 288mm of knee room. The interior is finished in TEP leather-effect upholstery for durability, while the rear compartment features two USB ports and a volume control. There’s also a 411-litre boot.
Up front, there’s a 10.25in digital instrument panel and a 12.3in touchscreen. The infotainment system allows for smartphone mirroring to enable drivers who work for firms such as Uber to access the required apps.
The driver’s seat has been honed for comfort over extended usage and a refrigerated storage area is located between the front seats.
After the Limo’s public debut at the Munich motor show, a fleet of 40 examples will conduct validation trials across Europe before the market launch next year.
Mobilize says the Limo will be “cost-effective” but has yet to reveal pricing details.
It will be offered on subscription in Europe with a package that includes both the vehicle and services for taxis, private hire vehicles and other shared mobility uses. These services will also be offered by Mobilize for other Groupe Renault vehicles.