Renault is unveiling a modern, all-electric version of its iconic Renault 4 at the Paris Motor Show with its Renault 4Ever Trophy concept car. This follows the news that the French carmaker is giving a new lease of life to the iconic Renault 5 when it announced an all-electric version.
The iconic Renault 4 sold over eight million units in more than 100 countries. Production was discontinued 30 years ago but the 4L never left the limelight. It is one of the original young-timer vintage cars and the past 25 years have seen the 4L Trophy prove time and again its worth as a versatile car built to last.
The rugged, adventure-ready 4EVER Trophy electric car has also been revealed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 4L Trophy humanitarian rally. With this and the electric Renault 5, the company is tapping into its illustrious past to better electrify its future.
A Modern Twist
The Renault 4EVER Trophy show car features a muscular exterior with its prominent bonnet, bumper and hallmark angled rear section. The front flanks have been left bare with no lights or stylish markers and the wings sit atop the wheel arches and reach through to the shield.
Luca de Meo, Renault S.A CEO, said: ”The 4L is a legend. And legends never die. Today, it is this universal dimension of the 4L, a car that everyone can love, that we want to find through a modern and electric reinterpretation of the Renault 4.”
The retro styling blends harmoniously with the rest of the otherwise sophisticated and technological lines. The show car has generous curves and an elaborate grille.
Gilles Vidal, Renault Brand, Design vice president, said: “To bring 4EVER Trophy into the modern era, we have infused its streamlined shape with technological sophistication.
“All these ingredients have been carefully crafted so that the design resonates with those who are familiar with the 4L and its illustrious history, and with younger generations.”
Lightweight Off-Roader Eager to Explore
The 4EVER Trophy show car is an electric vehicle that is designed for fun and adventure and the electric motor reflects the future production model. We love the dune-buggy vibe of the 4EVER Trophy.
The hollowed-out bonnet has a huge air exhaust that vastly improves the efficacy of the radiator located in the centre of the shield. The front overhang has been shortened considerably for a greater clearance capacity. With a spare tyre located on the carbon fibre roof and a shovel and waffle boards on the upper section of the rear door, the car is ready to tackle any situation.
The vast body protection panels on the lower section are made with a considerable 20cm clearance around the wheel arches. The high-seated body highlights the width of the 753mm wheels mounted on 19-inch rims. The underbelly has been reinforced to provide greater protection for the battery located in the middle of the chassis.
Each wheel on 4EVER Trophy has a visible compressor that can be readily adjusted from inside the car to adapt the tyre pressure to suit the terrain.
While 4EVER Trophy is clearly an off-road car by nature, it was also designed to be enjoyed on any road. The future electric 4L aims to be as versatile as its predecessor has been since 1962.
Future B Segment Electric SUV
The 4EVER Trophy show car paves the way for the future all-electric B Segment electric SUV that will be at ease on urban and rural roads alike. Like the Renault 5, it will be made using the new CMF-BEV platform for B segment electric vehicles.
The market positioning of the future Renault 5 and Renault 4 will be much like that of Clio and Captur. Like its predecessor, the future vehicle built off 4EVER Trophy’s design will be made in France. Thanks to their shared traits, all vehicles using the CMF-BEV platform will be built in the ElectriCity hub in northern France.