Second-generation electric hatchback covers up for cold-weather testing, though it doesn’t look too different from the current one.

Photographers have snapped new images of the next-gen Renault Zoe, this time on the snowy roads of Europe.

While it doesn’t appear to look too different from the current model, it’s believed this vehicle is an all-new model given the current Zoe first went on sale in 2012.

Heavy black-and-white camouflage conceals most of the design details, though we can see the overall shape of the front and bonnet lines, which haven’t changed too much from the current model. A massive version of the Renault diamond logo sits proudly at the front, too.

Photographers noted a slight increase in overall size compared to the vehicle currently on sale, with the major changes expected to come from improved battery capacity and range, along with a suite of the latest semi-autonomous drive technologies.

A larger 50kWh battery pack is mooted, complete with around 400 kilometres of range – none of this has been officially confirmed, mind you.

There’s also rumours of 100kW fast charging in addition to the current 22kW AC charging method,

Like Renault’s latest models, the Zoe should also be offered with driver assistance features like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, and lane-keep assist – stuff that was recently added to the new-generation Clio hatch.

As for timing, the new Zoe could surface as soon as the Frankfurt motor show in September, ahead of a European sales launch very late this year, or early next.

We’d expect Australia to have a decent wait period before the new model arrives in local showrooms – keep in mind the current model only just launched locally.

Stay tuned for all the latest, and click on the images for the full gallery.