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This will be the interior of the affordable electric Renault R5, which will bet on a charming neo-retro design with futuristic touches

This summer, Renault will present what is probably one of its most ambitious electric proposals: the new R5, a remake of the classic utility vehicle sold from 1972 to 1996 which aspires to become the new access model of the diamond firm, as it will be in charge of replacing the Twingo E-TECH and Zoe E-TECH with a stroke of the pen.

The third-generation Renault R5 will premiere the CMF-BEV modular platform of the Alliance, which will share 50% of its components with the CMF-B of the Clio and Captur. As calculated by the company itself, it will be 33% less expensive than the Zoe E-TECH, so it should move in a range of 22,000-24,000 euros before aid.

The nice aesthetics of the model was 95% advanced by the concepts 5 prototype, whose lines were inspired by both the original 1972 R5 (front) and the 1984 Supercinco (rear). The prototype even had a few nods to the wild rally R5 Turbo, as evidenced by its slightly flared rear wings.

By contrast, the design of the cabin remains a mystery. According to information published by L’Automobile MagazineRenault will bet on a philosophy markedly retro-futuristiccombining some elements directly taken from the classic R5 with advancements similar to those seen in models like the Megane E-TECH.

Renault Megane E-TECH

The Renault R5 will recover the striped dashboard of its predecessor

Thus, the R5 will recover the striped dashboard of its predecessor, a very characteristic solution that will give it an interesting touch. vintage to the passenger compartment The L-shaped display that we can find in the top-of-the-range versions of the Megane E-TECH will have no place in this affordable model, as it will bet on a panoramic and slightly curved panel consisting of two screens in horizontal format (instrumentation and infotainment system).

It is highly likely that this element is taken directly from the lower and mid-range versions of the Megane E-TECH, which also do not have the L-shaped display of the higher models. The operating system will continue to be based on Android Automotive OS (Google), while the processor is probably of Qualcomm origin. The air conditioning system will continue to have a separate module to improve ergonomics.

Initially, the Renault R5 will be available in two versions: one with 125 hp and 42 kWh, and another with 150 hp and 52 kWh. The latter will standardize a maximum autonomy of 450km WLTP. In both cases, the cells will be of the NCM type (nickel, cobalt, manganese), being supplied by Envision AESC.

Source | L’Automobile Magazine

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