Classic badge returning in electric form
Covered in camo, but retains concept car proportions
Renault is bringing back the R5 and now the electric hatch has been spotted testing on the road in Spain.
So far we’ve only seen the return of the classic and iconic Renault 5 badge as a concept electric vehicle. Now a spy shooter has spotted the car out for testing in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains (via Caradisiac).
It’s quite heavily cloaked in camouflage, but the car on the road has a strong resemblance to the R5 that Renault has been showing off. And that concept car is a great modern interpretation of the historic R5.
The new Renault 5 will get the same platform that will be used on the Renault 4 crossover as well as the Nissan Micra EV. It’s derived from one of the Alliance’s gas platforms instead of being a dedicated EV architecture, used on the Renault Clio.
It’s expected to be powered by a single 134 hp motor and offer around 400 km of range on the WLTP cycle from a 52 kWh battery pack. The 5 is expected to go on sale in Europe next year from just under 25,000 euros.
At that price, would this nostalgic-named EV make sense for a Renault return to North America? The company has hinted at making its way back to our roads, but the claims have been that it would happen through the Alpine brand of performance cars and not Renault. On the other hand, EVs could make the job easier for the French automaker, should it choose to return.