Renault considering a plan to revive iconic Renault 5

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2012

It has now been confirmed that Renault is thinking about creating a new version of the classic Renault 5 to improve its supermini lineup. According to an insider, the company is considering a plan to revive the Renault 5. It’s possible that it will complement the upcoming Twingo and the fourth-generation Clio. A source said that a Renault 5 may be brought back to underpin the Clio.

The source added that for this to be a “credible car,” it would need to offer something better than a Twingo. What this means is that being good dynamically isn’t good enough.

It would have to present a concept of the revolution that the 5 had presented to the market in 1972, when it comes to both technology and positioning. The source denies that Renault will launch a DS-style sub-brand in the same manner that French marque Citroën has done. However, the reborn Renault 5 is expected to have a similar role in boosting the brand.

The R5 was the first modern supermini that had a three-door hatchback layout and is considered to be a styling tour de force. It became a top-seller in Europe for a huge portion of the 1970s and it was offered until 1985, when the ‘Supercinq’, which had a similar look, replaced it. Nearly a year ago, Autocar said that there were rumors of a new Renault 5 to come from within the company.

Back then, sources thought that by reinventing one of Renault’s most loved and most stylish models, it will get an opportunity to cash in on the quick-growing market for specialty small cars. The planners of Renault would be cautious about creating a too-retro design as it is embarking on a period of designs that are more forward-looking and imaginative.

The new Twingo from Renault is considered as the first model in this product range to contain the new design language of the brand. Since it was officially launched, one of the largest features of the Twingo has been its build quality. With how the interior has been finished, this has become more obvious. A good example of this is the dashboard that has been refined by utilizing materials that are more substantial and of higher quality.

There are new patterns being made available for the seats, which have edging in contrasting colors. Everything is coordinated, including the use of stitching, its TEP panels, and the leather. These colors also appear on the heater control system, climate control system, and door inserts.

The company will be offering options for its upholstery which come with their very own identity. While the lateral air vents and their controls have a chrome detail, they will come in different tones based on the market. These include Anis Green, Gloss Black, Gunmetal, and Majorelle Blue. Further, different equipment will also be offered.

Each will have interior treatments that are different like athletic and sporty for the Dynamique, GT, Gordini, and Renault Sport. For those who prefer comfort and a feminine feel, there are the Initiale and Privilege packages. For the exterior, the Twingo makes use as well of the new design language. Aside from the bonnet being more upright, the Renault diamond placed on it is bigger.

Highlighting the badge is the black background which helps exhibit in a way that is more confident and robust. Much like the first generation, the new Twingo has that same appealing and expressive front section. That the front section has a playful and dynamic character is highlighted by the fog lights. Emphasizing this as well are the round sidelights that have been placed next to its grille.

The headlights, especially its “eyelids”, help give the new Twingo that unique appearance. Going to the rear section, the main light cluster is still there though new lights have been put in. Placed on the tailgate, it highlights the lines on the rear section which mirrors that on the front. This also gives the new Twingo that added punch and shape. Since the bumper of the rear has been made rounder with the tailgate’s lower portion being more curved, it allows for the lines to be softer.

Though Renault will be offering various options for the wheel trim and the alloy wheel, a total of 24 in fact, there is one that stands out. Specifically this is the wheel design that has a black diamond effect. This design not only helps with the design but also helps lower CO2 emissions and enhance aerodynamics. Colors offered for the exterior will include the current range with two new colors added: Bermuda Blue and Fuchsia.

This helps give it that light-hearted fun quality to the new Twingo. Similar to other features, offered as an option is a fabric sunroof that is controlled electronically, though it will largely depend on the market. Sales for the new Twingo are expected to begin during the early part of 2012 and will have various styling features that were seen on the concept cars that Renault had recently unveiled. Still, this is expected to become the signature look of the brand’s models for the future.

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