Renault has confirmed that it will launch a restyled version of the favored Renault 5 as the electric hatchback, which can continue sale in the future as part of a major new plan to revive the company’s fortunes.
The new Renault 5 electric hatchback is inspired by the design and styling of its predecessor Clio produced by Renault from 1972 to 1996. It is slated to be one of 14 new models, including seven fully electric cars, that the French brand will launch in 2025.
Although not confirmed, reports indicate that it will pair it with a new electric version of the Renault 4 Supermini in the company’s future lineup.
The French company unveiled the machine and unveiled the “Renaulution” strategic plan drawn up by the new president Luca de Meo this morning. The Urban Car Concept 5 will be an important part of Renault’s effort to manufacture 30% of its EV sales by 2025.
De Meo, who during his time at Fiat was the key to the resurgence of the 500, said: “I know from experience that the reinvention of cult products sets fire to the entire brand. This is a cult car at a price that many can pay. This is just the beginning of the entire Renault brand. ”
The Renault 5 Prototype is an exclusively electric model, with a design that features many references for various versions of the original Model 5, including the classic versions of the Supercinq and the R5 Turbo, albeit with a modern electrical twist. The headlights are inspired by the original design, while there is a front-mounted EV charging port where the radiator grill was placed on the original.
Gilles Vidal, Renault Design Director, said: “The design of the Renault 5 is based on the R5, a cult example of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a car relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive”.
Renault has yet to confirm when the production version of the Concept 5 will go on sale or provide full technical specifications.
The display features wider rear wheel arches and a red striped panel denoting the hot R5 Turbo hatch, indicating the potential for a high-performance version of the new model.
In addition to the commitment to launch seven new electric cars worldwide by 2025, no timeline has been set on when to start production of the 5 EV. The model is touted as a city car and could replace the highly successful Zoe EV as the company’s compact electric hatchback, which will likely be replaced at that time.
Last year, Renault introduced the Mégane eVision, an electric SUV that will go into production next year as the first vehicle built on the CMF-EV platform.
The history of Renault 5
The original Renault 5 was launched in 1972 and is designed to fill the huge gap between the Renault 4 and the Citroën 2CV in the French compact car market. Renault engineers were instructed on the development of a small car that would meet the needs of the widest possible range of French car purchases for the public.
The final design remained close to the original drawings of designer Michel Poe, with a somewhat unconventional design. Underneath the body, the R5 employed various mechanical mechanisms from the Renault 4 and Renault 6 and featured front-wheel drive with a choice of two engines.
The car was a great success: in 1980 it was one of the best-selling cars in the world. In 1976, it also produced the Renault 5 Alpine (branded 5 Gordini in the UK), one of the world’s first true hot hatches.
This was followed by the 1980 R5 Turbo, a special smoothing racing cult classic that featured a turbocharged engine mounted in the center of the passenger compartment behind the driver.
The second generation of the 5, known as the Supercinq, was launched in 1984 with a revised appearance and built on a new platform. It was effectively replaced as the Renault supermini car by the Clio, which was launched in 1990, although the Supercinq remained for sale in some markets until 1996.
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