The Renault 5 E-Tech EV In 2024 pure electric version, a renowned hatchback with a rich history, is set to make a comeback in 2024 as an electric car. Having unveiled the concept car in 2021, the manufacturer has recently shared some specifications, indicating that the vehicle has entered the final stages of development.
The Renault 5 name, last used in 1996, is making a return as an all-electric small car, succeeding the Zoe and competing with models like the Peugeot e-208. The promised retro styling adds to its appeal, reminiscent of iconic electric vehicles like the Honda e and MINI Electric.
Renault’s recent success with the Megane E-Tech has bolstered their electric vehicle portfolio. The new Renault 5 pure electric version, being smaller, marks another step in Renault’s electrification strategy, aiming to combine technological prowess with clean energy.
Renault has indicated that the Renault 5 EV will enter mass production in 2024, with an approximate starting price of €30,000 (about RMB 230,000). While detailed specifications are yet to be revealed, it is speculated that the WLTP range will be around 400 kilometers.
Gilles Vidal, Renault’s design director, emphasizes that the Renault 5 pure electric version draws inspiration from the classic Renault 5, aiming to establish a visual connection between the old and new models. The design goal is to allow consumers to instantly recognize the connection while incorporating modern features.
The new Renault 5 pure electric version features a distinctive design with rectangular headlights, square LED running lights, and a closed front face with an illuminated RENAULT emblem.
The overall appearance closely resembles the original Renault 5, with short overhangs, a floating roof design, and vertical taillights.
Although interior photos are yet to be released, there are glimpses of a HUD-style glass panel on the center console, displaying traditional gauges and providing information to onlookers. Expect bucket seats with square-stitched cushions and illuminated headrests.
While Renault has not disclosed specific power performance details, the engineering director, Jeremie Coiffier, has hinted that the Renault 5 EV aims to offer the best performance in its class. An Alpine performance version is also in the pipeline. Despite being positioned as an entry-level model, the Renault 5 pure electric version will feature a multi-link suspension system and a battery module under the car for enhanced control performance.
Based on the CMF-EV platform, the Renault 5 EV will adopt Renault-Nissan’s new CMF-EV platform, compatible with single-motor front-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive. The modular design reduces space and weight, and the electric motor avoids the use of rare earth metals for environmental sustainability.
The battery system consists of four major modules, reducing space and weight by approximately 15 kilograms. The electric motor’s design prioritizes environmental impact reduction and cost efficiency.
Initial tests on prototypes indicate promising driving dynamics. The Renault 5 is set to offer a compact multi-link rear axle, tuned steering ratios, and handling characteristics for a dynamic drive. It aims to be a fun-to-drive model within the supermini category.
The braking system, utilizing brake-by-wire technology, provides a balanced feel between regenerative and friction braking. The braking system felt improved in the more finished prototype, with good pedal feedback and control.
Renault acknowledges that certain adjustments may occur during the transition from concept to production. While the Renault 5 concept looks impressive, there might be slight alterations, such as changes in height, width, and wheel size. Some retro styling cues are expected to remain, preserving the nostalgic appeal of the classic Renault 5.