The plans will be officially confirmed later this week but, if these details from Reuters are accurate, Renault is looking to revive two classic models as fully electric vehicles.
First off will be the “new” Renault 4, initially introduced in the early 1960s as a rival to the original Mini and Citroen 2CV. Following will be a modernised, electric version of the Renault 5.
No details were given regarding powertrains or specifications, but we’d expect the reboots to ride on a smaller variant of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s electric-only CMF-EV platform.
With any luck, Renault will turn the volts up for some spicier variants, particularly in the case of the 5. Remember the Renault 5 Alpine from way back when? Or even the bonkers Renault 5 Turbo? Give us an all-electric hot hatch like that, please and thank you.
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We should get all the details later this week when Renault’s new boss, Luca de Meo, unveils the full plan, apparently dubbed ‘Renaulution’.
It follows announcements of cost savings and job cuts to recuperate as much as 2 billion euros, lost after a one-two punch of pressure to produce cleaner vehicles and Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the global auto industry.
The plan will also include three new electric sports cars for the Alpine subbrand.
According to Reuters, Renault wants to trim down its model family and “hone in on profitable products, as well as potentially exiting some markets, reversing the global push based on volumes under former boss Carlos Ghosn.”