In recent months, several European car manufacturers have warned against an influx of cheap Chinese cars. Some of them are trying to react quickly and build electric cars that boast decent parameters, but at the same time will be affordable. The reincarnation of the iconic Renault 5 is to become one of these.
Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo has confirmed that the new generation of the small hatchback will be presented at next year’s Geneva Motor Show. Well, what can we see soon, after all, one of the most famous car fairs is scheduled to return after the covid woes from February 26 to March 3.
So far, Renault is the only famous car company that has officially confirmed its participation. Nevertheless, the organizers announce the participation of 30 to 40 brands, while the complete list will be published about a month before the start of the entire show.
But let’s get back to the car. Although the modern Renault 5 runs on electricity, its appearance is reminiscent of its former predecessor. The French took a similar approach with the reincarnation of the Twingo, which we will see on the road in electric form in about three years.
The new five is to become the spiritual successor of the Renault Zoe, one of the first small electric cars, whose range was sufficient not only around the chimney. And the novelty should also bring a similar service. Engineers advise a range of 400 kilometers on a single charge, while the purchase price should be around the 25,000 euro mark, i.e. roughly 600,000 CZK.
Numerous competitors await the top five – the electric Peugeot 208, Opel Corsa, Fiat 500 or the recently revealed Citroën ë-C3. However, the latter is the only one that announces a price even lower than the Renault 5. It should be sold from around 570,000 CZK, but the official Czech price list is still awaited.
However, there will be more small Renault electric cars. In addition to the Twingo and the five, in 2025 we can look forward to the Renault 4, a crossover in a similar retro guise. We will see if the individual models build on the success of their predecessors. Eight million units of the Renault 5 were sold between 1972 and 1996.