Renault is setting the industrialization of the next electric R5 for 2024. Photos of a virtual paint shop allow us to reveal for the first time the final version of the “zero emission” city car.
Renault recently revealed ” industrial metaverse » at the Flins factory, in Yvelines, a site currently being transformed to become a Factory Recommitted to the circular economy. Among the technologies presented to us was a paint simulation in virtual reality. Devices of this type are not new. What it was, however, is vehicle represented in 3D for demonstration: future production Renault 5 electric.
The visual identity of the R5 has been preserved
Therefore, with this virtual body, Renault is revealing the first images of the final version of the city car with a large retro “zero emission” design, prefigured in early 2021 by R5 Prototyping. No wonder: the production car takes on the silhouette of the concept car and therefore some characteristic shapes of the original Renault 5 which is currently celebrating its 50thth anniversary. Included are the body creases that highlight the width of the rear fenders, the slope of the boot pillar, the integration of the taillights into them and the light strip that runs across the width of the tailgate. The cross member visible below suggests a very short rear overhang as in the Prototype.
This virtual rendering of the R5 electric’s bare body also brings to light a few elements that differ from the concept car. The front of the front doors does not appear to feature the same flare as on the Prototype, whose flared front fenders should not be found in large series. However, there are hidden rear door handles. At the rear, the off-center diamond logo integrated into the concept’s light bar is gone.
Electric R5 in summer 2024
Renault 5 electric will not be produced in Flins, but in love, in Hauts-de-France, from late 2023 for marketing in summer 2024. It will be based on the CMF-B EV modular architecture of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. According to our information, can have two battery capacities (45 and 52 kWh) and two power levels (125 hp and 150 hp) to choose from. Its base price should be around €24,000 excluding bonuses. However, according to our sources, an Alpine Spirit finish is in the pipeline, as are various interior and exterior customizations. At the Paris Motor Show, engineering chief Gilles le Borgne confirmed to us that the R5 will feature dual Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology which allows power to be fed back from the battery to the home grid, for example.