Wednesday, January 20, 2021
News Renault Shows Off New 5 Prototype EV

Renault Shows Off New 5 Prototype EV

French style is back with R5 prototype

  • Le Car is le back as Renault 5 Prototype

  • Renault planning seven EVs by 2025


Renault has just announced a plan it refers to as a Nouvelle Vague (new wave) and calls Renaulution that is meant to modernise the automaker’s lineup and the brand itself. It includes 14 new core models by 2025, half of which will be fully electric (the rest will offer hybrids) and to show off what the company has in store is this Renault 5 prototype, a modern reimagining of the classic hatch.

The automaker wants to start with a new open ecosystem of software, data, cybersecurity, and microelectronics it calls Software République that will add connected services to its lineup. It will also have a new mix of product that leans into the C-segment, what we’d call a compact car like the VW Golf or Toyota Corolla.

Renault wants to be a tech, services, and clean energy brand, but what really has our attention is the Renault 5 Prototype.

“Without falling into the past, (a brand) has to reconnect with it and draw its inspiration to find the spirit of the glorious times,” says Renault, and while not all North Americans will have a fond recollection of what was called Le Car here, at home this is an icon. Renault has given it new life as a 100 percent electric city car.

It clearly evokes the original, but like the best of the reborn classics, it doesn’t dwell too much in the past. Clean lines, the wide-fenders of the R5 racer, and a textile roof all give it some of the car’s classic French charm, but modern bits like putting the charge plug under the hood vent and a French flag in the rear-view mirrors keep it fresh.

Renault didn’t say if the reborn 5 would be making it to showrooms, but it did say that the prototype is “showing what Renaulution means when it comes to product.” Which we think means something a lot like this will be in Renault dealers by 2025.

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