Renault’s new CEO, Luca De Meo, announced the brand’s new diamond strategy. There are seven new electric models including a return of the legendary R5.
” The new wave “, Renault’s new slogan, will have a little taste of the 1970s and 80s. Indeed, the high point of the presentation of the new models was the announcement of the Renault 5 Prototype, that is to say the future electric R5. The cult car sold over five million copies between 1972 and 1984 will therefore experience a new life, electric this time. Its mission is already known: it will be one of the replacements for the Renault Zoe and Twingo ZE.
Renault – The neo-retro aspect is fully assumed.
Very 70’s touches
The first glimpse of this R5 is obviously a fairly successful prototype, which gives an idea of the aesthetic orientations desired for the next models. The brand’s new chief designer, Gilles Vidal (ex-Peugeot), made every effort to take up some of the peculiarities of the historic R5. The rear optics and the logo shifted to the side are some of Renault’s nods to the past. For the rest, we still know very little about this new city car except that its launch is scheduled for 2023.
Renault – The rear is a nod to the past of the legendary R5.
On the technical side, Renault simply indicated that it should be based on the CMF-B EV platform, that of the Clio E-Tech. This launch had been expected for several weeks, and it confirms the strategic shift desired by Carlos Ghosn’s successor. Moreover, Luca De Meo is used to the nostalgic fiber in the automobile. It was under his leadership that Fiat took out of the boxes its new Fiat 500.
Finally, this electric R5 is obviously only part of the new wave desired by the manufacturer at Losange. Four other new models should compose the future range of Renault as well as a 100% electric version of the Mégane and a new SUV.