Renault has outlined its new strategy called ‘Nouvelle Vague’ and centered on electric mobility. To symbolize it, the manufacturer has resurrected the Renault 5.
Renaulution : this is the neologism used by Renault to define its new revolution based, of course, on electric mobility. Paradoxically, the symbol of what the builder calls the new wave takes the form of a mythical city-dweller, resuscitated for the occasion. In a press release issued on January 14, we discover the existence of the Renault 5 Prototype – ” the embodiment of Renaulution in terms of product ».
« The new R5 embodies the ‘New Wave’: it is closely linked to its history while symbolizing the future, making electric vehicles popular and accessible to all », Explains Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault. By 2025, the French firm plans to launch 14 new models, half of which will be 100% electric. The other promise is as follows: all future models will be electrified (100% electric and / or hybrid). Remember that Renault is well positioned in the electric segment thanks to the Zoe. This year, we are expecting a Mégane.
Renault makes its revolution with an old model
The Renault 5, born in the 1970s, was a huge historic success for Renault, spanning two decades. It is therefore relevant to resuscitate it today in the form of a concept paying homage to it. This is a common practice in the automotive world, as evidenced by Hyundai’s Concept 45, which refers to the 1974 Pony Coupé.
The Renault 5 Prototype is defined as a compact city car that retains the mischievous side of his ancestor. We easily recognize the simple and harmless shapes. ” The design of Renault 5 Prototype is inspired by a cult model of our heritage. This model simply embodies modernity, a vehicle rooted in its time: urban, electric, charming “, Explains Gilles Vidal, in charge of design at Renault. Obviously, the engineers wanted to modernize the icon with more current touches. For example, the air intake installed on the hood has given way to a hatch to recharge the battery.
Will this Renault 5 Prototype see the light of day? There is nothing to confirm this, knowing that we do not know its technical characteristics (this is not the goal of this style exercise). But there is no doubt that it could find its audience, since the Renault 5 has no shortage of followers. Small historical reminder: Renault has already considered electrifying its R5, in 1973, in partnership with EDF. As specified Caradisiac in an article published in 2012, the car claimed a range of between 110 and 175 kilometers and its top speed reached 80 km / h.
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