Renault Reveals Renault 5 Prototype


The Renault 5 will return, in a brand new all-electric package. The Renault 5 prototype marks an exciting era for Renault which they are calling ‘Renaulution’.

Renault 5 Reborn

The prototype model takes distinct styling cues from previous generation Renault 5 models produced from 1972 to 1985. However, modern tweaks ensure it has a retro yet futuristic look.

The silhouette closely follows the original 5 incorporating features from some of its most iconic iterations like the cult classic Supercinq and the R5 Turbo. For instance, it models the front headlights on the original model, while the radiator grille houses a front-mounted EV charging point.

The prototype model showcases wide rear wheel arches for a sporty and dynamic look.  It also features a sporty red stripe livery, a direct nod to the aforementioned R5 Turbo hot hatch. It also hints at the potential for a high-performance version of the model, something we’d welcome with open arms.

Like many superminis of today, the prototype features five doors, but to ensure a sleek design the door handles are neatly integrated into the C-Pillar. Meanwhile, the ‘fog light’ in the lower front bumper feature daytime running lights ideal for motoring in the modern environment.

As yet we know very little about the interior of the Renault 5, however, we do expect it to have a minimalist design. For example, a modern transparent digital instrument panel is likely in the production model.

We also know little about the power other than it will be fully electric. However, it is understood the 5 will use the CMF-B platform which underpins the Renault Zoe, so similar a similar-sized electric motor and battery are likely to be possible.

Renault 5 front and side view

The History of the Renault 5

The Renault 5 was first launched in 1972. It came about to fill a gap in the French car market between the Renault 4 and the Citroen 2CV. The engineers were tasked with developing a small car that met the needs of a wide range of French car-buyers. Designer Michel Boue came up with a distinctive look that went virtually untouched through the whole build process.

The first 5 was built using many of the mechanicals from the Renault 4 and 6. It was available with front-wheel drive and the choice of two different engines. The bold design meant the 5 was an instant hit, and by 1980 it was one of the best-selling cars in the world.

In 1976, Renault released a more potent version the Renault 5 Alpine, known as the 5 Gordini in the UK. It was one of the world’s first true hot hatches and sparked an era of exciting new small car releases.

Just four years later in 1980, Renault introduced the Renault R5 Turbo. It featured a mid-mounted turbocharged engine in the passenger compartment behind the driver.

Shortly after in 1984, came the second generation of the Renault 5 known as the Supercinq. With a revised look and new platform, it continued to push the success of the marque.

new Renault 5 rear view

The Future of Renault – ‘Renaulution’

The unveiling of the new Renault 5 forms part of Renault’s plan to launch 14 new models 2025. It aims for seven of the 14 to be fully electric models, and we expect the 5 to be the first of these new electric models.

The Renault 5 will soon be joined by a Renault 4 model as the marque ramps up its production of fully electric vehicles. Renault’s new CEO Luca De Meo, is pushing the strategy for electrification and he promises the Renault 5 will be an affordable model and help to bring electric motoring to the masses.