The Renault 5: An Early Preview

Electric Supermini Debuts Early: 2024.

Just last week, Renault gave us a glimpse of their upcoming 5 E-Tech soon-to-be-production model. Now, the full auto has been preposterously revealed due to patents exposed by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). The pictures clearly demonstrate its striking classic-meets-modern exterior design – an EV that is guaranteed to supplant the Zoe! What’s even more remarkable is that Alpine, Renault’s sports arm, will be putting this underpinnings to use to develop a positively sizzling electric hot hatch!

The Renault 5 E-Tech displays the charge indication light on the bonnet that was seen in the preview, and feature two charging elements: One housed on the left side of the front fender and another one situated on the right-side of the fender. The wheel shape has primarily been reflected from the concept car though the curb wheels seem to have decreased a bit in size.

As opposed to the concept, the production R5 lacks a rear light bar, with a black trim piece taking its place. Its side mirrors are bigger and it boasts more traditional front door handles compared to the slim handles seen on the prototype. Additionally, the handle for the rear doors is now bigger, mounted atop the C-pillar. The black roof and red accents suggest that this is a generously outfitted variant of the diminutive EV.

It is essential to note that the third-generation Renault 5 will be purely electric, but won’t ride based on a specialized EV platform. The fresh hatchback model will lean on the Clio’s foundation and source up to 70 percent of its machinery to bring down assembly expenses. This base has been termed AmpR Small (previously CMF-B EV). Not ordinary for a B-class car, it is going to have a multi-link back suspension strengthening control.

At first, the Renault 5 E-Tech is going to be chocked full of a 52.0-kWh battery, giving you up to 249 miles (400 km) of range as per WLTP guidelines. Later in its lifespan, a lower-priced version with just a 40.0-kWh battery and a limited driving range will be available. One benefit of the batteries for this EV is that they are more power dense than the ones with the Zoe. Additionally, the car is substantially small, measuring 154.3 inches (3.92 meters) long.

Regarding costs, the corporation with the diamond insignia claims that they will impose (to put it differently) roughly €25,000. Depending on the present-day currency exchange rate, this equates to around $27,000. The world début of the Renault 5 E-Tech is confirmed for February 26 at the Geneva Motor Show in 2024.

Source: World Intellectual Property Organization

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