The standard electric Renault 5 will be faithful to the concept car

By choosing to present the Renault 5 concept at the beginning of January, the Losange wanted to make the mouths of the automotive world, by clearly announcing that the production model would strongly resemble the study. This modern-day “R5”, intended solely electric and affordable by the boss Luca De Meo, is therefore moving discreetly behind the scenes under the leadership of the new Renault design director, Gilles Vidal.. If this “revival” project germinated before his arrival at Renault in mid-2021, the former Peugeot style boss participated in the finalization of this project and therefore led the production of the production version, scheduled for 2023. Because he You should know that behind the scenes, the teams have already made good progress since the presentation of the concept on January 14th. With us, Gilles Vidal returned to the style elements that will remain on the new electric R5 and those that will have to be abandoned along the way.. Small tour of the owner.

What will remain on the standard electric Renault 5

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Claiming that the next R5 would look a lot like the 1972 one, Renault had said it all and said nothing at the same time. Concretely, its proportions will be similar to the concept, around 4 m long. The study measures exactly 3.96 m. “We cannot communicate any precise figure for the moment because the variations of style influence the dimensions but it will be played at 2 or 3 cm”, Confided to us the boss of the Renault style. The shapes of the production car will therefore be exactly those of the show car.. Whether it is the flat hood at the front, the very straight shield giving this 5 the air of a “command car”, the inclination of the windshield or the tailgate, everything will be preserved.

Surprise also, the rockers as well as the wheel arches in raw material, here partly recycled plastic, will also be part of the, giving this future city car a slightly sportier look than today’s Twingo.

In detail, at the front, the shape of the headlights will also be identical to what we see here, as will the bar connecting them. Same thing at the rear where the lamellae of the lights will give way to smooth surfaces but where the shape will remain the same. Another nod, the bar in the middle of the tailgate and the logo shifted to the right will also be.

What will disappear on the standard electric Renault 5

Alex Krassovsky
© Alex Krassovsky

In reality, it is rather a few stylistic details that will disappear on the production “5”. We think in particular of the slats that make up the front optics, as well as the LED squares in the shield, which will give way to real approved fog lights.. It will also be necessary to forget the backlit logo in the doors. “Technically, we could keep a detail like this, but we must not forget that we want to make the production version accessible, with a reasonable price. So we have to think about where to put the money and this kind of detail, however cool, is actually not very relevant to what we want to do.”, Admitted Gilles Vidal. It must therefore be deduced that the Renault inscriptions in the shields will give way to number plates.. The mirrors should also regain a more round and aerodynamic shape.

For obvious fuel efficiency reasons, the 19-inch rims of the Renault 5 concept will also not be welcome. The production version will therefore inherit thinner tires and smaller rims, probably around 16 inches for the production versions., in order to extend the range as much as possible, expected to be around 250 km.

The roof, here in fabric to evoke the vinyl finishes of certain versions of the time, will give way to sheet metal but the two-tone could be a good option for Renault.

There remains the question of the logo. If the reinterpretation of the Vasarely emblem inaugurated on the “5” of 1972 corresponds well to the spirit of revival, not sure that Renault institutionalizes this proposal..

And in the passenger compartment?

What about the interior in all of this? For now, study “5” is kind of an empty shell. If we can clearly distinguish a head-up display and headrests, there is currently nothing on board and everything has to be created. Gilles Vidal assures him, “it is also necessary that by opening the door, one immediately notices the nods to the Renault 5 of yesteryear”, While conceding that stylistic codes are much easier to reactivate on the exterior than on the interior of a car. Understand that the similarities will be less numerous inside than outside. One thing is certain, there will be no head-up poster for the production Renault 5, again to minimize costs and keep up the objective of the 20,000 € desired by Luca De Meo so that this contemporary and green 5 finds its audience.


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