Renault revived the Model 5 in January last year when it unveiled a preview concept of the production vehicle of the same name. The electric engine was described as a prototype rather than a concept and now the French automaker is preparing a new version of the same car. It will be unveiled during the Paris Motor Show later this month and we have the first teaser images.
Renault shared three photos of the new show car and they revealed a sporty-looking three-door hatch with a giant fixed rear wing at the rear. From what we can see, the Renault 5 concept received a new hardcore aerodynamic package with wider fenders, a new bumper diffuser, extended side sills and super wide alloy wheels. Everything looks very promising so far.
The manufacturer says the new concept comes just in time for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Renault 5. The prototype to be shown in Paris will serve as a “contemporary tribute to the sport’s most legendary version” and the company is most likely referring to the Renault 5 Turbo. Built between 1980 and 1986 over two generations, this hot hatch is still considered one of the greatest cars Renault has ever made.
The modern reinterpretation, says Renault, is purely electric and takes inspiration from the world of video games. Unfortunately, there are no specifications for the teaser image, although the company says the Renault 5 concept will “combine great excitement with high-level performance.”
Just the other day, we spied on a Renault prototype and we believe it’s hiding a production version 5 under what looks like a Clio mule. A new electric hatchback is believed to be launching as a replacement for the Zoe, which is expected to remain on sale for a few more years. To beat an urban EV, its successor must provide a range of more than 283 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge. This second Renault 5 concept could serve as a preview of a potential performance version based on the production vehicle.