The Renault 5 might need a retro physique, however it must be a totally fashionable automobile beneath.
The brand new 5 would be the first automobile to make use of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-B EV structure, and is alleged to share round 70 per cent of its elements with the CMF-B platform that underpins the Renault Arkana, Clio and Captur, in addition to the Nissan Juke and others.
It’s claimed that this components commonality makes the brand new Renault 5 EV round 30 per cent cheaper to provide than the Zoe it’ll substitute.
Underneath the bonnet is the automobile’s engine bay, which homes an electrically-excited synchronous motor that’s mentioned to be extra highly effective than a everlasting magnet design, and doesn’t require any uncommon earth metals, making it cheaper and cleaner to provide.
Residing with the motor is a DC/DC converter for the 400V principal battery, the battery charger, and an influence distribution field. The brand new drivetrain is about 20kg lighter than the one employed by the outgoing Zoe.
Final 12 months Renault revealed one of many 5’s drivetrain choices shall be often known as the ePT-100kW, which, we predict, might need an output of 100kW. The bigger Megane E-Tech makes use of a unit often known as the ePT-160kW.
Within the ground of the passenger compartment is the Renault 5’s battery pack. Whereas the French automaker has but to disclose the battery capacities to be supplied within the new metropolis automobile, it says the brand new design, which utilises 4 giant modules relatively than 12 smaller ones, is 15kg lighter and takes up “much less area to move extra kWh”.
The most important battery supplied within the Zoe is a 52kWh unit, which is sweet for a WLTP driving vary of 395km.
Lastly, Renault claims the brand new 5 shall be a “benchmark for its section by way of driving pleasure”. That is partially all the way down to the assorted weight saving measures detailed above, but in addition the automobile’s new multi-link rear axle.
The Renault 5 is scheduled to make its international debut in 2024. Styling for the automobile was previewed by the 2021 idea automobile.
Improvement for the 5, and its underlying CMF-B EV structure, is at the moment going down throughout Europe, together with on the firm’s chilly climate testing centre in Sweden.
CMF-B EV will function the premise for the next-generation Nissan Micra in Europe, in addition to a manufacturing model of the 4Ever Trophy crossover idea. Hopefully it’ll additionally permit the R5 Turbo 3E idea to be changed into a showroom-ready automobile.