New Renault 5 electric car revealed: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
January 14, 2021

Renault has revealed a new electric car, called the Renault 5 Prototype. It previews a brand-new EV inspired by the classic Renault 5 hatchback so read on for everything you need to know…

  • Renault 5 revealed
  • Inspired by classic Renault 5
  • New electric car
  • Previews a new production car
  • New infotainment teased
  • On sale before 2025

The new Renault 5 prototype has been revealed as a compact electric car with a more stylish retro design than the current Renault Zoe EV. This concept previews a production car that’ll go on sale before 2025 as an alternative to the likes of the Honda E, Peugeot e-208 and Mini Electric.

New Renault 5 EV design

Watch our Renault 5 video.

The new Renault 5 looks nothing like Renault’s other cars – whether they’re electric cars or powered by petrol and diesel engines. It takes inspiration from the boxy Renault 5 hatchback from the 1970s.

The new Renault 5 is a mix of retro and sporty design cues.

Rather than a swoopy curvy design such as the Renault Zoe EV, the new Renault 5 is all about angular edges and square details. From the front, you’ll spot a pair of huge square daytime running lights and a less-than-subtle illuminated Renault nameplate.

Four doors and a boxy body should make the new 5 fairly practical.

Things aren’t any less dramatic from the side, thanks to the Renault 5’s chunky wheel arches, thick black side skirts and contrasting red window frame. The hidden door handles (just like you get on a Tesla or Mercedes S-Class) are a nice touch, too.

Expect numerous customisation options on the finished car.

Unlike the front-end, the Renault 5’s backside is very simple, with no fiddly details. You can be sure that the illuminated Renault nameplate will be covered by a numberplate on the production car, though.

New Renault 5 EV interior

The new 5 should preview a completely new infotainment system for future Renaults.

One new image gives you an idea of what to expect from the new Renault 5’s interior. The headline feature is a free-standing glass infotainment display that displays instrument graphics right in your eye-line. Just like a massive head-up display.

The front-seat headrests also have illuminated rings on each side, suggesting they may have some form of built-in speakers.

New Renault 5 EV batteries and range

Expect an electric range of more than 240 miles. 

Renault hasn’t confirmed any details about the new Renault 5’s electric drive system, but you can expect it to improve on the performance stats of the current Renault Zoe EV.

Watch our Renault Zoe review

Top-spec Zoe models can drive for 240 miles on a single charge and can be recharged from 0-80% full in just under an hour using a 50kWh charger. You can expect the new Renault 5 to come with a greater range and upgraded fast-charging capabilities.

The Renault 5 will share its battery with the upcoming electric Renault Megane (above).

The new Renault 5 will use the same underpinnings as the upcoming Renault Megane EV. This car has been previewed by the Megane eVISION concept (shown above), which uses a 60kWh battery and a 220hp electric motor to return 280 miles of range and do 0-60mph in less than nine seconds.

The new Renault 5 might not match this pace, but being smaller and lighter than the new Megane, it could deliver an even greater range.

gNew Renault 5 EV price and release date

The new Renault 5 will go on sale before 2025.

Renault has confirmed it will launch seven new electric cars before 2025. The new Renault 5 will be one of these cars, along with a larger Megane-sized electric hatchback, as previewed by the Megane eVISION concept car.

Renault has been just as tight-lipped with regards to how much the new Renault 5 will cost, but it isn’t likely to cost more than the £30,000 Renault Zoe.

Compare the best electric cars on sale or check out the latest Renault Zoe deals for the best carwow offers on Renault’s excellent small electric car. 

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