It’s been a journey of anticipation since Renault first gave us a glimpse of the electric 5-concept car in 2021. The excitement has now reached its peak as the French automaker unveils the production model. However, the thrill comes with a bit of a waiting game – the electric gem won’t be gracing European roads until early next year.

In a twist of serendipity at the more intimate Geneva Motor Show, Renault has unwrapped a production-ready EV that stays remarkably loyal to its original 2021 concept. Talk about commitment – the brand proudly claims a whopping 95% fidelity. This sleek electric ride draws inspiration from the iconic hatchback that captured hearts between 1972 and 1985, boasting an impressive 5.5 million units sold.

Renault seamlessly melds nostalgic styling elements from the beloved classic with the latest in electrical architecture and underpinnings, creating a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s not just a car; it’s a captivating journey through time and technology. As the curtains draw back on this electric marvel, it’s clear that Renault has crafted more than just a vehicle – it’s a statement, a fusion of history and innovation, set to make waves on the modern road.

Cruising on the innovative AmpR Small chassis, exclusively crafted by the Renault group, the 5 E-Tech is set to be the cornerstone for a fleet of upcoming compact electric wonders. This isn’t just a car; it’s a pioneer of a new generation.

Now, when it comes to power, the 5 E-Tech offers a duo of battery options – take your pick from the 40kWh or the beefier 52kWh unit. And let’s talk muscle – the powertrain delivers a dynamic performance with options for either 90kW/120hp or a zippier 110kW/150hp. It’s not just about driving; it’s about choosing your electrifying adventure on the road. The Renault 5 E-Tech isn’t just embracing the electric future; it’s defining it with options as diverse as your driving desires.

Drawing inspiration from the electric prowess of the current Megane E-Tech, the Renault 5 E-Tech inherits its electric motors but not without a touch of innovation. Engineers have managed to shed an impressive 15kg in weight, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the pursuit of efficiency.

Renault takes a stand against the ordinary by opting for copper coils over permanent magnets in its motors. This not only results in weight reduction but also signifies a commitment to sustainability. By minimizing reliance on rare earth materials, the Renault 5 E-Tech showcases a thoughtful approach to electric power, proving that performance and environmental consciousness can indeed go hand in hand on the modern road.

The Renault 5 E-Tech delivers a spirited performance, hitting 0-62 mph in eight seconds for the most powerful models. While it might not set speed records in today’s EV world, it compensates with agile handling and a focus on enjoyable driving. It’s not just about the acceleration; it’s about savouring the ride.

Charging the Renault 5 E-Tech is a breeze, ranging from 11kW AC to 100kW DC fast charging for the larger 52kWh battery. The 40kWh battery has an 80kW DC socket. Both batteries take just around 30 minutes to go from 15% to 80% charge on their fastest outlets, ensuring a quick return to the road. Swift charging, minimal waiting.

Renault’s focus on efficiency extends to keeping the Renault 5 E-Tech’s weight under 1,500kg, optimizing battery consumption. It’s designed as an electric city car rather than a hyper-miler, prioritizing practicality over extreme mileage. The larger 52kWh battery aims for an impressive 248-mile range, while the smaller option targets a still respectable 186 miles. It’s not just about the numbers; it’s about striking the right balance for a city-friendly electric drive.

Measuring in at a compact 3.92 meters, the Renault 5 E-Tech is shorter than the latest Clio in terms of overall length. However, clever design choices, with wheels at each corner and minimal overhangs, turn it into an everyday electric vehicle that comfortably accommodates five people. Inside, the magic continues with a thoughtful use of space, providing a generous 326 liters of luggage room in the rear. It’s not just about size; it’s about maximizing every inch for a practical and spacious electric ride.

Staying true to the iconic style of the sought-after Turbo models, every Renault 5 E-Tech will roll out on bold 18-inch rims. Adding an extra dash of flair, the car hits the scene in attention-grabbing colors like Yellow Pop and Green Pop. However, for those with a taste for subtlety, Renault has also unveiled more understated options in navy blue and white.

Yet, what truly steal the spotlight are the charming Gallic quirks and playful elements seamlessly integrated into the Renault 5 E-Tech. Some features have made the leap from the concept stage to the production car. Picture this: the headlights, resembling mischievous eyes, playfully wink when the driver approaches with the key. And if that’s not delightful enough, the digital display on the bonnet not only serves as a charge indicator but also proudly showcases the instantly recognizable 5 logo. It’s not just about driving; it’s about embracing the whimsical touches that make the Renault 5 E-Tech uniquely French and undeniably fun.

Step inside, and the seats of the Renault 5 E-Tech draw inspiration from the classic R5 Turbo, echoing its timeless silhouette. However, there’s a contemporary twist – the seats are adorned with vibrant denim upholstery crafted entirely from recycled plastic bottles. It’s not just about comfort; it’s about embracing sustainability with a touch of funky flair in the cabin.

Opt for the range-topping Iconic Five trim, and the passenger is treated to a cushioned area in front, elevating the interior ambiance to a level of luxury and premium quality. These are not terms commonly associated with the Renault 5 of the past, marking a distinctive departure into a new era of sophistication and comfort. It’s not just a trim level; it’s a statement in refinement, rewriting the narrative of what a Renault 5 can be.

For those craving a touch of individuality, customers have the option to take customization to the next level using 3D printing technology. Dive into personalization by tweaking storage areas and even adding your flair to the gear shifter stalk’s tip, playfully named the ‘e-pop shifter.’ Choose from a variety of preset designs, whether it’s jazzing it up with the Tricolore or opting for funky 5 logos. It’s not just about driving; it’s about making your mark in the details, turning the Renault 5 E-Tech into a personalized expression of style on the road.

The Renault 5 E-Tech, with its nostalgic charm, is set to feature the familiar OpenR Link multimedia system, akin to what powers the electric Megane. It harnesses the prowess of a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip for swift performance, seamlessly integrating Google’s Android Auto software for a robust app-based experience. It’s not just a ride; it’s a tech-savvy journey, connecting the classic with the cutting-edge in a harmonious drive down memory lane.

However, the compact 5 E-Tech doesn’t mirror the large SUV’s vertical tablet setup. Instead, it boasts a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a parallel 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s not just about functionality; it’s about a seamlessly integrated, user-friendly tech experience, ensuring the Renault 5 E-Tech delivers on both style and substance.

In a groundbreaking move, the Renault 5 E-Tech is set to pioneer Reno, the French automaker’s inaugural foray into the realm of AI voice assistants. The aim? To cultivate a sense of empathy that deepens the emotional connection between the user and their electric companion. It’s not just about innovation; it’s about forging a relationship and transforming the driving experience into a uniquely personalized and emotionally resonant journey with the Renault 5 E-Tech.

While the name might raise an eyebrow, Renault assures that Reno – yes, it’s a bit perplexing – is up to the task. This AI assistant is designed to tackle various vehicle functionalities and even respond to queries. For instance, you could casually ask Reno to “schedule a charge for 8 am tomorrow” or seek advice on enhancing your car’s range with a simple “Hey Reno, how can I increase the range of my car?” It’s not just about technology; it’s about having a conversation with your car, making the Renault 5 E-Tech more than just a ride – it’s a responsive and intuitive driving companion.

In a fascinating twist, Renault introduces ChatGPT integration, offering drivers the ability to ask broader questions and receive responses from one of the world’s most popular AI systems. Beyond typical vehicle queries, Reno goes the extra mile, delving into the vehicle handbook to provide handy tips – like guiding you through the process of changing a tire. It’s not just about driving; it’s about tapping into a wealth of information and assistance, making the Renault 5 E-Tech a smart and knowledgeable companion on the road.

For those eagerly anticipating Renault’s latest electric sensation, the wait is on until the beginning of next year when the hot new EV graces the showrooms. It seems the French automaker enjoys building up the suspense for its fans. Patience, it seems, will be the key to unlocking the thrill of Renault’s awaited electric debut.

The Renault 5 E-Tech is likely to kick off around £30,000 ($38,000/AUS$58,000) when it hits the European market, but the official price is still under wraps. Stay tuned for updates on this sleek electric ride!