Renault 5 Prototype signifies ‘new era’ of tech, service and clean energy

Renault has set out its strategy for the next five years and beyond, with the French brand stating it will evolve into a “tech, service and clean energy brand”.

As part of the move, the company has said it will launch 14 new models by 2025, seven of which will be full electric and seven of which will be in the mid-sized C or D segments. All will have either an electric or hybrid version. It also claimed it will offer the “greenest mix of vehicles in Europe” by 2025.

Renault has also nodded to its past with its future plan, unveiling the Renault 5 Prototype, an all-electric city car with design cues of the 1980s Renault 5 model, a car the company described as an “iconic cult model from Renault’s past”.

The 5 Prototype is a demonstration of how the brand will “democratise the electric car in Europe”, it said, although there is no detail yet on when a production version could arrive, or its range or cost. “It’s strongly connected to its history, and yet it’s the future, making electric cars popular,” said Groupe Renault chief executive Luca de Meo.

Renault has already confirmed that an electric Megane will be launched in 2022 with a range of around 280 miles.

As well as targeted leadership of the electric market, Renault has also indicated that it will offer “market-ready, end-to-end hydrogen solutions for LCVs”.

The tech, service and clean energy brand statement includes a focus on developing leading artificial intelligence and cyber-security systems as mart of an ecosystem approach designed to develop “world-leading, next-generation mobility OEMs and suppliers”, while the service element includes a new Infotainment system coming next year. Renault is claiming its My Link system will be the first with Google built in fitted to a mass-market car.

In a separate move, Renault’s sporting brand Alpine has announced plans to collaborate with Lotus on the joint engineering, design and development of an electric sports car.

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