Renault may have planned to premiere the reborn electric R5 as a production version at the upcoming Geneva show at the end of February, but a “leak” from the global patent organization has brought its full picture to light somewhat prematurely.
Confirming the recent teasers and what Renault has promised, the R5 as a production version stays true to the proportions and aesthetics of the prototype that preceded it, while it has, according to the latest official information, a charge level indicator on the hood while the equally interesting details are the presence of charging ports on both sides of the front fenders, an option that remains to be seen whether it will be retained in production given that the R5 will be marketed as an affordable EV priced below €25,000 and the dual charging port increases production cost.
It is indicative that in the leaked images even the wheels mimic the pattern of the prototype. What is, however, no longer present is the horizontal LED line at the rear which has been replaced by a black glossy element that acts as a connecting link between the rear lighting bodies. Naturally the mirrors are larger on the production version while the front door handles adopt a more conventional design. However, the R5 has hidden handles for the rear doors.
Sticking to the details, the red elements in the specific images point in the direction of a version that is high on the product pyramid.
Be that as it may, the most important element in relation to the new R5 is that it will be available exclusively as an electric drive having as a starting point a floor designed from the beginning with electric drive in mind. Also, contrary to what you might expect from an affordable electric, Renault-Ampere has fitted the R5 with a multi-link suspension setup in favor of a more dynamic handling which will be exploited in year two (also) by Alpine presenting her own version of performance.
As far as the “core” elements of the electric set are concerned, the R5 will be available with two battery options of 40 and 52 kWh offering a maximum range of up to 400 km. The innovation lies in the fact that these are new generation batteries consisting of 12 smaller units which reduce the weight by 15 kg and are structural elements of the frame, enhancing torsional rigidity, improving comfort and road handling.
The new generation will also be the 136 hp electric motor which integrates the charging system, power converter and auxiliary energy management system without magnets, an element that reduces the weight by 20 kg.