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Renault reveals everything about its 5 E-Tech Electric: a French mix of retro charm, modern EV functionality and AI

It feels like an age since Renault unveiled its electric 5 concept car in 2021, but the French company has finally put the finishing touches on a production model. However, you won’t see it on European roads until early next year.

Unveiled at a much smaller and more intimate Geneva Motor Show than we’re used to, Renault launched a production-ready EV that stayed true to the original 2021 concept (95% faithful, according to the brand), and itself borrowed styling cues from the plucky hatchback that sold some 5.5 million units between 1972 and 1985, but combined it with the latest in electrical architecture and underpinnings.

The Renault 5 E-Tech rides on a new AmpR Small chassis designed by the group to support a range of new compact electric vehicles. The car comes with two battery options – a 40 kWh unit or a 52 kWh unit – with the powertrain capable of delivering 90 kW/120 hp or 110 kW/150 hp.

Renault 5 E-Tech Electric

(Image credit: Renault)

The electric motors are borrowed from the current Mégane E-Tech, but have been reduced in weight by 15 kg thanks to some technical breakthroughs. Renault says it is eschewing permanent magnets in its engines in favor of copper coils, meaning less reliance on rare earth metals.