Do you like the new Renault 5?

This is the production version of the new electric Renault, which combines a retro element with a modern approach.

A few days ago Renault gave us the first teasers for it 5 pieces of productionwhile we have now secured the relevant leaked images from the patent office.

As part of Renault’s “Renaulution” strategy, unveiled by Renault CEO Luca de Meo in 2021, the French automaker plans to launch 14 new models by 2025, seven of which will be fully electric vehicles.

The Renault 5 concept is an example of this new strategy and presents a fresh retro design. De Meo emphasized the R5’s connection to Renault’s history, while positioning it as a symbol of the brand’s future focused on the spread of electric vehicles.

This commitment is further underlined by the registration of the Renault 5 logo with the European Patent Office on February 3, 2021, indicating that the distinctive logo from the concept may carry over to the production version.

Designed by Renault chief designer Gilles Vidal, the city car concept presents itself as a compact four-door vehicle with clear similarities to its predecessor. So we see a more grounded but equally beautiful version of the original.

The front has a closed grille with integrated headlights, while the rear follows clean lines with a minimal look as well as slim lights.

From the side, the kinship between the new and old Renault 5 is evident, with a black center pillar creating the illusion of a continuous strip of windows, while the rear door handles are discreetly placed in the corner of the windows. Also, the black plastics on the wings and the lower part of the body add more air.

Dubbed the city car, the Renault 5 E-Tech is set to replace the highly successful Zoe electric model from 2024. Laurens van den Acker, Executive Vice President of Groupe Renault, confirmed the role of the R5 as the successor to the Zoe and emphasized that the Zoe, as the best-selling electric car in Europe, will continue its presence.

Based on the new Variable Electric Platform (CMF-B-EV) developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the R5 E-Tech is equipped with 400V technology and aims to be the most competitive and efficient platform in the small and medium vehicle segment. The CMF-B-EV platform, with 70% of its components derived from the CMF-B platform used by the Clio and Capture, offers a 30% cost reduction compared to the Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric.

The chassis features a multi-link rear axle and a lower center of gravity thanks to integrated battery modules in the vehicle floor.

Renault plans to offer two versions of the R5 E-Tech, starting with a 52 kWh battery that will provide a range of up to 400 kilometers, followed by a base version with a 40 kWh battery. Power is expected to range between 100 and 160 kW, using a modern electric motor similar to the Zoe and Megane E-Tech Electric.

The R5’s battery is not just for driving – Renault expects its wider role thanks to Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology. This allows the battery not only to draw power from the grid, but also to act as an intermediate storage unit enabling bi-directional charging.

The electric R5 is expected to be on the market by the end of 2024 with a starting price of 25,000 euros. This affordable price is attributed to the use of cost-effective lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePo or LFP) batteries, which are known for their durability and extended life.

Renault has not confirmed whether the R5 will exclusively have LFP batteries, or whether lithium-ion batteries will also be an option.

The electric R5 E-Tech debuts in Geneva in February 2024 with a starting price of €25,000.

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