Is a new Renault 5 being planned?

The internet has been awash with rumours in recent days as we approach the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March.

As one of the biggest motor shows in the world, manufacturers tend to throw in a few surprises and this year is set to be no different.

Probably the most intriguing rumour in recent days is from Renault, which is rumoured to be launching plans to bring back one of its most popular and iconic cars ever, the Renault 5.

A recent announcement by the brand announced it was drastically trimming its UK range with a reliance on popular models such as the small Renault Twingo city car, the next-generation Renault Clio supermini, which is due to be revealed at Geneva, and the versatile Renault Megane small family car.

However, there is a growing expectation the brand will launch a new Renault 5 to sit between the Twingo and the five-door Clio in Renault’s small car range.

It would be an exciting development for the brand and follows the success of the Fiat 500, another car revived from a glorious past into an exciting new model. It could also prove to be a ‘halo’ car in the same way the three-door Citroen DS3 helped to boost desirability of the Citroen brand.

The Renault 5 was first introduced in 1972 and was an instant success with its style and forward-thinking advances in technology.

Any new model would need to do the same but in the modern era. However, it would be fitting if an announcement was made on its 40-year anniversary this year.

The Renault 5, if they get it right, is sure to be a popular addition to the Renault range and could be introduced – albeit as a concept car – as early as the Paris Motor Show in September this year.

It is certainly one to keep an eye on. However, in the meantime we can look forward to the new, fourth generation, Renault Clio.

The new Renault Clio will be revealed at Geneva featuring a design inspired by Renault’s superb DeZir supercar concept.

Renault is revamping its range and its image in the UK and the Renault Clio, one of the UK’s most popular small cars over the past 20 years, is key to this plan.

Available in five-door variation only, the new Renault Clio will be arriving in Perrys dealerships this year and you can follow all the latest updates on this and the new Renault 5, right here on the Perrys online magazine.