The iconic Renault 5 hatchback is to be revived as the keystone of an electric transformation from the brand that will see seven fully-electric Renaults launched by 2025.
Called the Renault 5 Prototype, it’s a close to production glimpse of a new rival for the MINI Electric, albeit with the promise of an affordable price, according to Renault CEO Luca De Meo.
It takes in strong influence from the design of the original 5, with a highly similar silhouette yet modernised details including the headlights, the bootlid and the shape of the taillight signatures. It’s the work of newly acquired designer Gilles Vidal, headhunted from PSA and the man behind the similarly retro Peugeot E-Legend concept.
“The design of the Renault 5 Prototype is based on the R5, a cult model of our heritage. This prototype simply embodies modernity, a vehicle relevant to its time: urban, electric, attractive,” said Vidal, pointing to the prototype’s similar lines and flush surfacing.
Some styling elements from the original have been repurposed for modern usages. For instance, the bonnet air intake hides the charging hatch, and the fog lights in the lower front bumper are actually daytime running lights.
The new Renault 5 will be a five-door electric hatch, with the rear doors neatly integrated into the design and hidden door handles in the C-pillar.
No interior shots have been revealed, but the cabin appears to be a minimalist environment, with only a transparent digital instrument panel visible on top of the dashboard.
No technical details have been revealed either, but we’ll update this story as we get more.