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The Rebirth of the Renault 5 as a New Electric Supermini

By Phil Gardner | January 19, 2021

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Renault inspires 70’s nostalgia with their new electric vehicle concept…

The Renault 5 is widely considered to be a bit of a cult classic, largely thanks to the GT Turbo model which went on to become one of the most iconic hot-hatches of all time. The R5 went on sale all the way back in 1972 and sold incredibly well for 24 years before being shelved in 1996 after more than 5 and a half million models had been sold. It’s no surprise that Renault are keen to repurpose the Renault 5’s vintage appeal by offering a fully electric version and, don’t worry, this is a concept car that Renault are genuinely keen to launch within the next 3 years. They’ve even hinted that a hot-hatch model will be built under their ‘Alpine’ sub-brand. Will this be the long-awaited successor to the glorious Renault 5 GT Turbo? Let’s hope so…

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The new Renault 5 will come as one of a number of new electric vehicles in what’s being called a ‘Renault-lution’ - which is a hideous play on words in my opinion but so be it. By 2025 there will be 14 ‘core’ vehicles. 7 fully electric and 7 in the C and D segment. All new models will be available as either an electric or as a hybrid. 

In their own words: “The plan will see Renault evolving and embracing modernity in the automotive industry to become a tech, service and clean energy brand.”

Renault believes the soul of their brand lies firmly within its roots, which is what has inspired their design team to breathe life back into the cult classic that is the Renault 5. Renault goes as far as saying that the Renault 5 will work toward democratising the Electric Car in Europe. This will be a fully electric city car which doesn’t tie itself to genders, stereotypes, or wealth. It will be an electric car for the people. Vacating the idea that cool, desirable and capable electric vehicles are only for those with a lot of cash.#

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As you can see from the concept photos, the new Renault 5 will reimagine the same, unique silhouette of the old version while also boasting subtle, squared-off wheel arches and headlights - a nod to its predecessor. Other, slightly less subtle, styling cues include the number’5’ emblazoned within the day time running lights and on the side vents. Just in case you hadn’t got the message yet.

Renault Design Director, Gilles Vidal, said:  “The design of the Renault 5 Prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive.”

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Still no details on the interior yet - but we know it’s reasonable to expect minimalist and functional designs with the obligatory touch-screen centre console. Similarly, we’ve no idea what sort of performance to expect from the Renault 5 but we can safely assume it will exceed the 245 miles currently on offer from the high-selling Zoe model. In terms of speed and acceleration, it’s anyone’s guess at the moment, but we’ve got very high expectations thus far...

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