This retro-futuristic stunner is one carmaker’s vision of a future where EVs are for everyone — check it out

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault
  • French automaker Renault just launched the Renault 5 Prototype: an all-electric version of its iconic 5 “supermini.”
  • The 5 Prototype has a wonderfully retro and futuristic design.
  • A production version could appear in less than three years, according to Top Gear.
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One of French automaker Renault’s most iconic cars was the Renault 5, a stylish “supermini” compact car that lasted for two generations before its discontinuation in 1996. But the 5 is back, it seems — this time as a sleek but still very retro all-electric prototype.

Because it’s just a prototype, not much more is known about the new EV 5, but Renault said it will “democratize the electric car in Europe.” It looks strikingly similar to the original’s beloved design.

Read on to see how Renault envisions its future with the 5.


French automaker Renault just unveiled the Renault 5 Prototype: an all-electric version of the iconic R5.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

The Renault 5 was a popular compact car produced for two generations between 1972 and 1996.

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1972 Renault 5. Renault

The 5 returns as a petite EV meant to “democratize the electric car in Europe,” according to Renault.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

Source: Renault


The yellow headlights provide a pop of colour.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

Other finishes on the prototype were inspired by electronics, furniture, and sports.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

This is the closest look we have of the interior.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

The rear lights have aero flaps.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

The wheels are a tribute to the original 5.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

The car’s design is both retro and futuristic.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

It captures the same design elements as the original 5.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

Renault didn’t announce many more specifics about the 5 Prototype.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

So we don’t know how much it will cost or what sort of range it will return.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

Although, Top Gear expects a production version to appear in less than three years. So that’s something to look forward to.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault

Source: Top Gear


If produced, the all-electric Renault 5 looks like it will be an ideal city car.

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Renault 5 Prototype. Renault