Renault 5 returns as Retrolicious EV with a WLTP range of up to 248 miles

The modern reinterpretation of the Renault Le Car can power your devices and has Google Maps and Waze built-in.

Renault 5 E-Tech Electric (2024) Renault 5 E-Tech Electric (2024)

This is the all-new Renault 5. An electric four-door hatchback that revives the iconic nameplate that once adorned France’s best-selling car – the same badge that was known in the United States for a relatively brief period in the 1970s as the Le Car .

It looks almost identical to the concept car unveiled in 2021, which says a lot about Renault’s confidence in its design department. We think it looks really cool, but you can share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The typical French hatchback is fully electric

The first generation Renault 5 from the 1970s was the best-selling car in France for many years. In the US it was sold as Le Car and had much less success than in Europe. But now there’s an all-new Renault 5, and this time it’s electric.

First the specifications. The all-new Renault 5 is based on the so-called AmpR Small platform, which was previously known as the CMF-B EV architecture. It is intended for B-segment EVs and will also form the basis for the upcoming Renault 4.

The 5 will be available with two battery options, both using nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistry. The entry-level package has a capacity of 40 kilowatt hours and offers a WLTP driving range of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles), while the larger option has 52 kWh and increases the maximum estimated range to 400 km (248 miles).

Renault says the larger battery consists of just four large modules with 46 cells in each module, while the smaller pack consists of three modules, each with 31 slightly larger cells. This approach differs from that of the discontinued Zoe hatchback, which uses twelve smaller modules, and helps save around 20 kilograms of weight. The large battery of the Renault 5 weighs approximately 280 kg (617 lbs) and the smaller one weighs 240 kg (529 lbs).

Speaking of weight, the new urban EV weighs just 1,450 kg (3,196 lbs) when equipped with the 52 kWh battery pack, making it as light as some comparable combustion engine cars.

In terms of dimensions, the Renault 5 EV falls somewhere between the Twingo and Clio hatchbacks, with a length of 3.92 meters, a width of 1.77 meters and a height of 1.5 meters. In other words, it’s about 10 inches shorter than the discontinued Chevrolet Bolt EV, but the width and height are virtually the same. The trunk has a capacity of 326 liters (11.5 cubic feet) and from the looks of it there is no frunk to speak of. However, the automaker says there is a special compartment in the trunk to store the charging cable.

The 5 has front-wheel drive only and there are three power options: 70 kW (93 hp), 90 kW (120 hp) and 110 kW (147 hp). The first two are only available in combination with the 40 kWh battery, while the most powerful engine only comes with the larger 52 kWh package. From zero to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) takes less than eight seconds, according to Renault, probably for the most powerful version.

All versions can be charged from an AC power source up to 11 kW. As for DC fast charging, the car can accept up to 80 kW when equipped with the 90 kW, while the top variant can accept up to 100 kW. A rather cool feature is a charging indicator on the hood.

Additionally, the two most powerful versions of the Renault 5 come with vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality as standard, meaning owners can export power from the high-voltage battery to things like appliances and tools. The maximum power is 3.7 kW.

The French EV also comes standard with Plug & Charge, meaning the owner doesn’t have to swipe a card every time the car needs to be charged, and vehicle-to-grid (V2L). The latter means that the car can be used to inject power back into the electricity grid whenever the price suits. The first European markets where Renault 5 owners can use this feature are France and Germany this year and the United Kingdom in 2025.

Inside, all versions of the compact EV feature a 10-inch central touchscreen that can run native Android apps like Spotify, Google Maps, Waze and more. It also has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. A second 10-inch screen (7-inch in the case of the entry-level version) plays the role of a digital instrument cluster.

The design of the seats is inspired by the flame-throwing R5 Turbo and the fabric they are covered with is made from 100% recycled materials. The dashboard and door panels of some trim parts are also made from recycled plastic.

There’s also a virtual traveling companion called Avatar Reno, which supposedly interacts with the driver and passengers both inside and outside the car. And because it integrates with the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT, it can answer questions using basically the entire Internet as a source of information.

According to the maker, driving the Renault 5 should also be quite fun. The EV features the same front suspension as the gas-powered Clio and Captur, while the rear gets a multi-link setup that Renault says you usually find in larger and more expensive cars.

Adaptive cruise control with stop & go and lane centering are part of the package and provide a level 2 suitable EV. This means that the car can partially drive itself, but the driver is still responsible for everything and must maintain control. take over when the vehicle tells you to.

The new Renault 5 E-Tech Electric will be built in France, where several factories will contribute to making the EV. The car will be assembled in Douai, while the battery pack will initially be made at the Ruitz factory before the torch is passed to the Douai factory. Prices will start at around 25,000 euros (about $27,000) without incentives, and deliveries will begin on the Old Continent later this year.

What’s your take on this: Would you buy the modern Le Car if it came to the United States? Let us know in the comments below.

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