New Renault 5.

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Alpine A290
Renault 5 EV Concept

The legendary Renault 5 is getting an all-new generation next year, as an EV.

We’ve already seen a concept version of the all-new car in 2021. We now have patent photos of the production version, as well as an image of its much sportier cousin, the upcoming Alpine A290 (3rd photo).

The new model will have a starting price of under 25,000 Euros and will be available with a choice of 2 batteries, the larger one allowing for up to 250 miles of range (European test cycle). The new Renault 5 will be launched at the Geneva Auto Show in February, with the Alpine version coming before the end of 2024. It will compete in Europe against the Fiat 500e, the new Mini Cooper EV, and VW’s upcoming I.D2All (Or whatever it ends up being called…)

While we will not be getting the Renault 5 in North America, Alpine is scheduled to start US sales in 2027. Of course, their first model here is rumored to be an SUV, but the cute A290 could be coming here as well. That would be one way to get the Renault 5 over here, as a super sporty hatchback. The new 5 isn’t too small for our market since it is a couple of inches longer than the Mini Cooper.

The original Renault 5 was sold in the US from 1976 to 1983. First under its original “Renault 5” name but was quickly renamed “Le Car” in 1977, and starting in 1979, it was sold through over 1300 AMC dealers in the US and Canada. As you can see in the photos above, the US version had replaced the cool grey molded plastic pumpers with much larger 5MPH units mandated in the US at that time. As well as a smaller sealed beam headlight. These changes gave the US version of the Renault 5 a unique and different look.

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