The Renault 4 is going electric! Renault unveiled the Renault 4Ever Trophy today at the Paris Motor Show. If you think away the large wheels, plastic plating, bumpers and roof rack with spare tire on the roof, you will undoubtedly recognize the old Renault 4. At least, if you are a bit older…
The big challenge to re-release the Renault 4 is that older people know what kind of icon this model is, but many young people often do not, agrees Delphine de Andria of the Renault group. We spoke to the Vice President of Brand Product Performance for the electric A and B segment during an exclusive preview in Paris, where Renault is making its major public debut with the Renault 4 reincarnation. “The new Renault 4 should appeal to both target groups. It is important here that you want to buy the car because of its design and usability, not so much because it is fully electric.”
Renault 4 electric: on the road in 2025
With the concept model, Renault wants to scan the reactions before the car actually hits the road in 2025. Renault is still mysterious about the final name. Delphine smiles uncomfortably when we ask if the Renault 4 name will return, and that’s about it. Our guess is that the car you see here in the photos will indeed be called Renault 4. Probably with the addition E-Tech Electric or something, because that the R4 will be purely electric, is certain. That it will also be an SUV in the B-segment. The production model will feel at home in both the city and the countryside, says Renault. Exactly like the former Renault 4, which you still regularly encounter in the French countryside, even today.
Inspiration in old Viertjes
For the off-road design of the concept car, Renault found inspiration in the 4L Trophy, an annual rally in Morocco that has been driven exclusively with old Viertjes since 1997 and thus celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. But the Renault 4 also once participated in the Dakar Rally. So it is not so strange that the now presented Renault 4Ever Trophy looks like you can conquer Mont Blanc with ease. The production model will undoubtedly look less adventurous because the speed bumps in your hometown will be the biggest obstacles.
Unmistakably Renault 4
The front (with matrix LEDs) and rear are unmistakably Renault 4, we think, although the original looks a bit better than its intended successor. It looks much sturdier anyway. But who knows, that might change.
Given the long wait until the production model, can we expect a second concept model? Sandeep Bhambra is Renault’s Chief Designer of Advance Design and Concept Cars and lets us know during the preview that the design of the Renault 4Ever Trophy is already very similar to that of the production model. “The tyres, bumpers and carbon roof rack are clearly concept, but otherwise our new electric SUV in the B-segment is here,” the chief designer assures us.
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Renault 4Ever Trophy: fat and adventurous
The hole in the hood of the future Renault 4 electric is there for a reason. It functions as an air intake to optimize the operation of the radiator in the central part of the bumper. Forget that right away, because it seems to us that we will see it back on the production version. As well as the spare wheel on the roof, the carbon roof rack, handles on the hood, digital exterior mirrors and shovel on the tailgate. That is a bit of a shame, because the Renault 4 4Ever Trophy looks very fat and greedy.
The Renault 4Ever Trophy is 4060 mm long, 2100 mm wide and 1900 mm high. The wheelbase is 2570 mm. The electric motor with ignition coil rotor delivers a power of 140 hp. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 42 kWh. The concept model stands on 19-inch wheels. There is also something special going on with those wheels: each wheel is equipped with a clearly visible compressor with which you can regulate the tire pressure from the interior. Kudos to Renault, because that means one less annoyance, namely never having to drive to the gas station again to discover that you don’t have a 50 cent or euro coin with you to take air.
Renault 4 electric is on new platform
The future Renault 4 electric is on Renault’s new CMF-BEV platform. Also on this platform is the modern, electric Renault 5, which has already been unveiled as a concept and from 2024 should make the Renault Zoe forget. According to rumors, the B-segment car will really be called Renault 5, a reason to believe that Renault will remove the number ‘4’ from the mothballs for the upcoming SUV in the same segment. Both models will roll off the production line in Northern France. We can’t wait, but we are also a bit older.