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A long time has passed since the presentation of the Renault 5 Prototype concept in February 2021! But this time, the wait is coming to an end. Almost two years later, the Losange will finally present its production version of the promising city car, the Renault 5 E-Tech electric. The manufacturer confirms in a press release that it will be presented at the Geneva motor show, returning to Switzerland from February 26, 2024. Renault had already announced its presence at the Swiss show, unlike several German manufacturers who do not plan to go there. .
The production Renault 5 E-Tech will be close to the prototype presented earlier, right down to the color. A few images also confirm this, with certain details of the city car: tailgate and right rear light, hood, front headlight, rear wing… The headlights take the square design of the first R5s, even if the bottom of the square is slightly cut. We discover a vertical rear light with streaks which also evokes the first Renault 5, in the 1970s, while a new black strip connects the two optics. A “5” logo with a retro look is affixed to this headband.
€25,000 at launch… with the big battery!
This “5” logo is also found on the hood, with a new element which serves as a charge indicator. This light indicator (the logo forms the number 5 as the charge progresses) playfully replaces the air intake on the hood of the original R5s, and allows you to see the battery charge status at a glance . Finally, Renault also publishes an image of the profile and the rear wings, as rounded as on the concept and evoking the legendary R5 Turbo. We can see that the rear handle migrates to the window pillar, like on a Clio.
Renault specifies that the R5 E-Tech measures 3.92 m long, much less than a Clio (4.05 m). It will have two battery capacities, 40 and 52 kWh. At launch, only the largest will be available. It would allow up to 400 km of autonomy. Renault claims that the entry level will be available for around €25,000… with the large battery, therefore. Which means that the 40 kWh variant (with a potentially more limited range) should be even cheaper…
A major advertising and pre-reservation campaign
In its press release, Renault announces that an advertising campaign will begin on December 1, three months before the presentation. Called “R5VOLUTION IS BACK”, it gives a nod to the first R5, released in 1972 in a difficult economic and social context. Renault hopes to have the same effect with this electric city car with a neo-retro look, which will be produced in France. The campaign, organized with the Publicis agency, will furtively reveal several details of the future R5, including three colors available from launch: yellow, green and blue. We announced it to you a few weeks ago.
On this display device (advertising panels, TV film, etc.) there will also be a QR code allowing the most impatient to order their R5 as soon as possible, to be sure of being the first to receive it. The “R5 R Pass” is therefore a “skip the line” online pre-reservation service, with a price set at €150 and available in several markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium and Countries -Down). It allows you to order the new R5 in advance, 10 days before orders open to the general public. The first deliveries are planned for fall 2024, although we do not yet know whether these pre-reservations are limited in number of copies or not. Renault specifies that models ordered in this way will be produced as a priority at the Douai factory (North of France), and that future owners will also receive a miniature and will be entitled to exclusive preview content and events.
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To sum up
Renault will meet us at the Geneva Motor Show, from February 26, 2024, for the official presentation of its electric city car. The Renault 5 E-Tech electric is already taking the opportunity to reveal part of its design and technical characteristics.
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