This couldn't be more French if it tried.
Renault is one of those mythical car brands that we never get to enjoy in the US. We've drooled over some of its more exotic offerings, and any gearhead worth their weight will be able to tell you how great the Clio V6 Renault Sport is, but alas, the chances of Renault coming to our shores is almost zero. That doesn't mean we can't do some window shopping though. The French manufacturer is making a big shift in its brand image and has recently launched its "Nouvelle Vague", or "New Wave" of doing business, which should see the company launch 14 core vehicles, seven of which will be fully electric.
As part of this new movement, Renault has revealed an awesome looking Renault 5 Prototype, which showcases what the "Renaulution" will bring to the table in years to come.
The Renault 5 Prototype encapsulates the three fields that Renault wishes to transform into, namely, a tech, service, and clean energy brand. According to Renault, the Renault 5 Prototype will "democratize the electric car in Europe." That's a tall order for such a cute-looking car.
The prototype is instantly recognizable (to Europeans at least) thanks to some clever tricks that bring a ton of the original car's style into the new design, including details such as the number '5' on the side grid, and the hood air intake which now hides the charging hatch.
The front and rear logos light up to further highlight the cheeky face of the 5, and in a move that reminds one of the Mini Cooper, a French flag hides in the rearview mirror. The bold lettering on the front-end of the car also makes one travel back in time to the 80s when turbocharged Renault hatches dominated European B-roads. Renault has not released any technical details on this little concept car, but does it really matter when the car itself looks so cool?