Renault 5 E-Tech electric debuts with chic styling & a €25,000 price tag


Prices are expected to start at around €25,000.

That’s right, as announced almost a year ago, the production version of the Renault 5 electric concept made its global debut today. Renault is yet to disclose exactly when this retro-modern e-hatch goes on sale (expected this fall), but in France, the company has begun a pre-ordering process called R5 R Pass for €150. Apparently, those who have this pass will get priority delivery.

The production model retains most of the styling elements of the concept, including the shape of the headlights, taillights, front bumper design, flared wheel arches, and of course, the wheels. There’s no light band at the rear—as shown in the concept, but instead, there’s a black applique with ‘RENAULT’ and ‘5’ branding. There are some clever details as well. For example, the vent grille on the bonnet of the original car has been reinvented to be a charge indicator. And, the LED headlights perform a wink animation to welcome the driver.

For those interested to know the dimensions, the Renault 5 E-Tech measures 3,920 mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,540 mm. Just to give you an idea, it is larger than the Hyundai i10 and roughly about the size of an i20.

Let’s get the other important numbers out of the way then, shall we? The original Renault 5 had an MF layout for the first-generation, followed by an FF layout for the second-generation. This all-electric reincarnation continues that front-wheel-drive tradition despite having the opportunity to be a rear-wheel-drive.

Alright then, what are the numbers? Well, the plan is to offer three output options: 70 kW (95 metric hp), 90 kW (122 metric hp) and 110 kW (149.5 metric hp). According to reports, there’ll be two battery pack options: 40 kWh and 52 kWh, with the latter offering a WLTP estimated range of up to 400 km (248.5 mi). The larger battery pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 100 kW. Renault also claims that the e-hatch can tow up to 500 kg (1,102 lbs).

Being an all-electric vehicle means, of course, there has to be a talk on recycled materials and sustainability. Renault claims that the 5 E-Tech can achieve an overall level of recyclability of 85%, incorporating 19.4% of recycled materials (ISO14021 standard) and 26.6% of materials recovered from the circular economy, including 41 kg (90 lbs) of recycled polymers. In the Techno and Iconic Cinq trims, the seat fabrics are made from fully recycled materials.

Other key highlights include a 10-inch touchscreen, a 10-inch digital cluster, Google built-in, voice commands activated via “Hey Reno”, ChatGPT integration (available at a later date), and the usual ADAS stuff including Adaptive Cruise Control. Renault also said that the graphic and sound design of the welcome sequence was developed in collaboration with the Ircam Institute of Music and Sound and with Jean-Michel Jarre.

And, you may not know this, but there’ll also be an Alpine version called the Alpine A290, arriving in June 2024. It’ll be slightly larger in dimensions because you know, sporty bodykit. And, its 19-inch rims are gonna be shod with high-performance Michelin Pilot Alpin 5 tyres.

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