According to Renault, the frontal design and textile roof are influenced by the world of furniture and there are plenty of interesting design details throughout, including French Flag graphics in the rear-view mirrors and front and rear logos that light up to bring the vehicle "to life".
To that end, the company is relaunching Alpine - a French manufacturer established in 1955 and acquired by Renault in 1973 - as an umbrella brand for all of its high-performance initiatives, including Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing (RSR).
While Renault has recently raced in yellow, with the level of black bodywork increasing in recent years, Alpine is associated with the colour blue. This is followed by a crossover-like vehicle "for us" and a sports auto "for the weekend".
Alpine has followed Lotus into the electric vehicle segment, abandoning ICE vehicles to make way for electrons and charging stations.
Phil Popham, Lotus CEO, echoed Rossi's thoughts. It wants to change perception about itself and one of the first vehicles it plans to do that with is a future Renault 5-inspired city auto previewed by this concept.
"We are proud to have been selected by Groupe Renault in this collaboration - for our technical expertise and abilities, and our long track record of successful collaborations. The joint-services element of our agreement will additionally make our engineering expertise available to those wishing to engage our innovations".
The new Renault 5 Prototype has been revealed, previewing an upcoming electric city auto inspired by the original R5. All new models will have an electric or hybrid version. Now, under De Meo, the group will focus on operating margins, cash flow and profitability and implementing strict return on investment metrics. The two brands are therefore a flawless pair when it comes to squeezing together to make an electric runabout.