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New Renault 5 EV Prototype is the best kind of retro

This cute hatchback will go into production by 2025, but it probably won't come to America.

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The Renault 5 is back as a retro EV hatchback.

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This prototype is a close preview of a production model that will be out by 2025.

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It takes inspiration both from the original R5, which was sold as the Le Car in the US, and the second-gen Supercinq model.

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The design is immediately recognizable without being too kitschy.

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In profile and roofline it's nearly identical to the original model.

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The boxed fender flares hark back to the 5 Turbo rally car, to great effect.

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The charge port is located on the hood, the same spot as the original car's air intake.

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No interior photos were released, but it has a cool HUD-style gauge panel.

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The new 5 will go on sale by 2025 in Europe.

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