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Prepare to witness the electrifying debut of the Renault 5 E-Tech at the grand stage of the Geneva International Motor Show in February 2024. This hotshot from Renault takes the iconic Renault 5 for a spin into the modern era, infusing it with cutting-edge technology and a dash of playful charm. It’s a retro-futuristic marvel, paying homage to the cult-classic hatchback that first hit the streets in 1972, but with a contemporary eco-friendly twist. Sneak peeks from Renault showcase a bolder design, rugged wheel arches, a sleek soft-top roof, and a nod to the boxier bodywork of its predecessor. And fear not, the unmistakable grin of the original Renault 5 still beams proudly from the front of the E-Tech.
Renault gives us a glimpse of their all-electric ode to the 1972 sporty R5 hatchback — a city car designed for the future. Gilles Vidal, the maestro behind Renault’s design, describes it as ‘urban, electric, attractive,’ capturing the zeitgeist. Teaser images reveal a sleek and modern reinterpretation of the original design, with the bonnet air intake cleverly transformed into a charging flap, discreet LEDs powering the logo and signature lights, aeronautics-inspired flush-fit rear lights, and human-eye-like LED headlights up front. Going green, the car boasts a construction featuring at least 22% recycled materials and an impressive 85% recyclability rate.
Under the hood, or rather, under the electric motor, the 5 E-Tech packs a punch with a 100-kW electric motor and an impressive 400 km (248 miles) driving range per charge. Opting for a 52 kWh battery when placing orders ensures you’re not left in the slow lane. Advanced tech features include voice interaction with Reno, Renault’s official avatar, ensuring an optimized journey experience. Not just a power source on wheels, the 5 E-Tech sports an onboard bidirectional charger, allowing you to share the energy wealth with other devices. Assembled with love in Douai, France, this electric gem is set to hit European streets next summer, with a price tag starting at €25,000 (roughly US$27,636). Get ready to plug in, rev up, and hit the road in style with the Renault 5 E-Tech!
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