Renault continues to reveal details about the Renault 5 hatchback. This is one of the symbols of the “Revolution” – a new strategy for electrification and unification of the model line, including with alliance partners in the face of Nissan and Mitsubishi.
The revived “five” (the original Renault 5 hatchback was produced from 1972 to 1995 and managed to sell over 5.5 million copies) will be one of the first models on the compact CMF-B EV platform for the most massive electric vehicles, and the closest relative of the retrofuturistic hatch will be battery Nissan Micra.
In terms of dimensions, the model will be similar to the current Clio (4050 x 1798 x 1440 mm) and will replace the Zoe electric car. However, instead of a rear semi-independent beam, the Renault 5 will have a “multi-link” on the rear axle, like the larger and more expensive Megane E-Tech. Of course, there will be no all-wheel drive, but the French still promise the best taxiing in the class.
The synchronous electric motor, most likely, will get from the basic version of Megane E-Tech and will develop 100 kW (136 hp) and 250 Nm: one of the reasons for this decision is the low share of constantly rising in price rare earth metals and low (the motor is about 20 kg lighter than Zoe).
In production, the CMF-B EV platform is 30% cheaper than the Zoe “trolley”, because 70% of the components are unified with the regular CMF-B on which the Clio is built. At the same time, instead of 12 battery packs, Renault 5 will have only four: they are larger and distributed in one layer over almost the entire bottom area within the wheelbase.
Thanks to this, the center of gravity and overall height of the new car will be lower, Renault says, while the battery with an operating voltage of 400 volts weighs 15% less and has more usable capacity. Presumably, the model will be available with traction batteries with a capacity of 40 and 52 kWh.
Now Renault has already built nine “mules” with a body from Clio for running in the power plant of the serial “five”. The machines will be tested not only in France, but also in Swedish Lapland, where temperatures drop to -30°C.
The concept was presented at the beginning of 2021
A full-fledged premiere of the serial Renault 5 will take place at the end of this year, and the model will go on sale at the beginning of the next. Assembly will take place at the ElectriCity plant in the Hauts-de-France region. The company expects to keep the initial price within 25 thousand euros.