A MOTORING expert has revealed details of Renault's plans to bring back it's iconic 5 hatchback – but there's a major change.
The stunning new Renault 5 – set to launch in the UK in 2024 – will return as a keenly-priced electric car, up against rivals such as the Fiat 500 and MINI Electric.
Indications are that the 5 will be priced at around £17,000-£21,500, which would make it one of the cheapest EVs on sale.
Renault’s executive vice president for engineering, Gilles Le Borgne, told Auto Express: "This will be an affordable car. We need to be in the range between €20,000-€25,000 but still be profitable. That's the challenge."
Renault claims that the small electric car will be good for up to 249 miles of range – using its larger 52kWh battery pack, while it should feature rapid charging ability that means you'll be able to top up the battery in super quick time.
Those readers who are old enough may remember the original 5 being good fun to drive, and Renault intends to inject at least some of that entertainment value into the new model.
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There's a retro look to the latest EV version, too.
The concept car shows a similar boxy silhouette and square front end to the older model, but with a modern twist – and it looks fantastic.
Shockingly, the arrival of the 5 could mean we'll have to say goodbye to the best-selling Clio, as Renault has hinted it could become a car designed solely for markets where combustion engines are still allowed.
This comes after drivers were left stunned after discovering that their car's door handle has six little-known functions – and it's blowing their minds.
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