Secret: Renault R5 and R4, popular electric cars, will be reinterpretations of the brand’s classics

The new Renault R5 and R4 will be popular electric cars and ambassadors of the brand’s future. After all, in the “new world”, which the Frenchwoman wants to open “to everyone”, it is easier to sell cars that explore features, albeit updated, of models that have remained in people’s hearts.

We are talking about models like the Fiat 500e or the Mini Cooper from comparison of the special edition of MOTOR SHOW (coming soon here on the site, learn more).

These are emotional ties that Chinese women will not be able to exploit. In addition to Electric Kwid/Spring (read here)and the Mégane that became an electric SUV, the manufacturer develops these compacts, ideal for markets such as Brazil.

To be successful, and to be popular electric cars, the price needs to be affordable. In this sense, the strategy has strong points, such as the autonomy and rationalization of its production. And, in this context, the reissues of the classics R5 and R4 are born.


The first model is at a more advanced stage, to debut in 2023 in Europe, and who knows in Brazil in 2024, inspired by the 5 Prototype concept. It must have a good part of its wide and angular forms, typical of Gilles Vidal’s team, as shown in our illustrations.

The R5 BEV (acronym for “battery vehicle”) will be an “urban” model that will interpret in a modern tone the vintage model that was manufactured between 1972 and 1985. original three and a half meters to something close to four.

The five-door body will have an attractive design and the interior promises to be airy, inspired by the world of technology, furniture and sports. Everything will be done with a close eye on production costs, not least because the objective is to offer this compact model with an initial price in the range of €20,000 euros, or something around R$115,000.

On the other hand, rebuilding the shapes of the R4 BEV, whose original model turned 60 years old, required a little more effort (by December, a prototype should be revealed).

In fact, for now, the brand has only shown the teaser of the front, but a few months ago the designs filed with the European Patent Office were leaked (inspired our illustration).

The R4, codenamed “4ever” (forever), should be presented in 2025 in a different guise from the original: it will, of course, be a kind of crossover-SUV. Overall, the elements of affinity with the vintage model should appear on the flat front, on the high sides with ample windows and on the sloping back C-pillar.

Projections, based on information from our sources, show the R5 in orange, as a traditional urban compact. The R4, blue, is a model more to the taste of the moment, with a crossover-SUV body.

The secret weapon of popular electric cars is in the platform, electric motor and battery of the CMF-B EV architecture, which will allow you to reduce costs by 30% compared to models like the Renault Zoe (read more here)thanks also to sharing half of the components with cars like Clio and Captur.

Renault will bet on synchronous electric motors without rare earths and without permanent magnets, with wound rotor, and in the total integration of the power train and control electronics. The set will be more compact, 30% cheaper and more efficient than the previous ones.

As for batteries, the French brand wants to focus on very compact and standardized cells – but, above all, on a particular combination of chemical elements: lithium-ion batteries with NMC-type cathode (nickel, manganese, cobalt).

This would allow Renault to reduce energy use and waste, increasing the cars’ range. The goal is to reduce battery production costs to US$100/kWh in 2024 and less than US$80 in 2030 – waiting for the still “mythical” solid-state batteries.


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