The new model update also expands the range of duties the E-Mehari can cater for and its revised body structure has stronger welds, better corrosion resistance, and improved thermal and acoustic properties for more pleasant city driving.
A raised ground clearance and lightweight ABS thermoformed plastic body provide resilience to bumps off-road and after a workout in the scrub the electric vehicle can be washed clean with a hose thanks to waterproof upholstery, TEP panel trim and rubber floor mats.
The new gloss black hardtop model adds front and rear roll bars, sliding side windows and a flip-open rear glass hatch that the French maker says will transform the EV into a family friendly vehicle. Both soft and hardtop variants also receive new standard equipment including central locking, automatic highbeam assist, four airbags, tilting front seats, tyre pressure monitoring, body colour matched bumpers, 15-inch alloys, black chevron badges front and rear and a restyled interior.
Inside, the four-seater now has easier access to the back pews, a new dashboard layout similar to contemporary Citroen models, new steering wheel design, matching colour trim, more storage and revised seats.
The EV SUV also gets a more powerful drivetrain that sees torque increase by 20 per cent to 166Nm at up to 3700rpm before lowering to 140Nm to a top speed of 110km/h. Its lithium metal polymer battery provides 195km driving range and takes 16.5 hours to charge from a 10-amp general power outlet or 10.5 hours when plugged into a more powerful 16-amp socket.
The car is both designed and built in France, making it the first electric vehicle to be designated "Origine France Guaranteed" (made in France) certification, and goes on sale in its home country for just under $30,000 after France’s ecological bonus.
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