Retro Reimagined: Renault 5's Electric Comeback Ahead of Geneva Debut

by AutoExpert   |  8 December, 2023

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Renault is bringing nostalgia to the future with its latest electric supermini, the Renault 5, set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2024. But thanks to some early sneak peeks from patent filings, we're getting a glimpse of this retro revamp ahead of schedule.

Staying true to its acclaimed 2021 concept, the Renault 5 has only undergone subtle changes in its journey from the drawing board to production. The design heavily nods to its 1970s predecessor, yet it seamlessly incorporates modern electric vehicle technology.

Renault 5

One standout feature is the charge indicator on the bonnet, a nod to the Renault Twingo concept, which uses a light-up '5' motif to show the battery charge level. The rear lighting has also been updated, with a more pronounced split between the upper and lower sections than in the concept.

Renault 5

Under the hood, the new Renault 5 promises a 248-mile range on its 52kWh battery, according to WLTP tests. But it's not just about range; Renault is keen on making the 5 the most enjoyable small electric car to drive. Luca de Meo, Renault's boss, couldn't hide his excitement: "I've test-driven it, and it's fantastic. Can't wait to open pre-orders!"

Renault 5

The car's Ampr Small platform, which will also underpin the upcoming Renault 4, includes a suite of technologies aimed at enhancing the driving experience. A key feature is its multi-link rear axle, a rarity in B-segment electric cars, offering a better balance between ride and handling.

Renault 5

In terms of performance, the Renault 5 is benchmarked against the Mégane E-Tech, with a focus on dynamic steering and stability. The platform's new brakes promise a smoother blend of hydraulic and regenerative systems, enhancing the driving experience.

Renault 5

Weight reduction is another focus area. The car's battery uses a new layout that cuts 15kg compared to the Zoe's pack, and the new magnet-less motors shave off an additional 20kg.

Renault 5

Price-wise, Renault aims to position the 5 competitively, below its current electric rivals. With 70% of its components reused from the ICE variant of the CMF-B platform, cost efficiency is a key advantage.

Renault 5

As Renault marches towards its goal of 30% EV sales by 2025, the Renault 5 stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to blending heritage with innovation. It's a modern take on a classic, promising to ignite a spark not just in the electric vehicle market, but in the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide.

Renault 5

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