The rebirth of the Renault 5

As part of Renault’s new five year strategy, the company will transition to a more sustainable and cleaner brand by embracing electrified and hydrogen solutions and offering the greenest fleet of cars by 2025.

Part of that fleet is the rebirth of the cult Renault 5 model. The prototype is said to reconnect with the past, drawing inspiration of the glorious times to create a car that will offer a modern approach to the electric car with a nod to the past.

Let’s start with the size – it is a compact city car with strong features, think yellow headlights for one. The R5 is immediately recognisable, but thanks to a modern treatment of lines and flush surfaces with futuristic detailing, the result is in keeping with current times. Additionally, the styling elements taken from the original design hide some of the more modern features, for example: the bonnet air intake hides the charging hatch, the rear lights include aero flaps and the fog lamps in the bumper are daytime running lights. There is even a nod to the original ‘5’ on the side vent, the wheels and rear logo.

 “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.”
Gilles Vidal, Renault Design Director