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The new Renault 4 is presented - an electric crossover with a retro design for the 21st century

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The new Renault 4 is presented - an electric crossover with a retro design for the 21st century The new Renault 4 is presented - an electric crossover with a retro design for the 21st century

Renault 4 is reborn. The French company today premiered the 4EVER Trophy concept, which heralds a production car planned for 2025.

Renault is hitting nostalgia, and they aim for the new "four" with the help of a retro design to become the company's best-selling electric car when it arrives on the market in 2025.

Along with the already announced Renault 5, the new Renault 4 will use the CMF-BEV platform, and these two models inspired by the legends of the past will be produced in a new factory in the north of France. The Renault 4 debuted at the Paris Motor Show today, with an unusual exterior inspired by the modified fours that take part in the 4L Trophy Rally across the Moroccan desert.

The original Renault 4 was an extremely important model for the French company, as more than eight million copies were sold in three decades. By bringing back this name, but also some main design elements, Renault expects similar market success for this electric return of the legend.

And while the serial version will be without certain off-road features of this concept but also somewhat closer to the ground, the designers of the French company claim that the focus on practicality and usability will remain the same. With a length of 4,160 mm and a wheelbase of 2,570 mm, this concept is slightly smaller than the Captura but larger than the Clio model. Thus, in the range of the French company, the Renault 5 should be a small, city car like the Clio, while the Renault 4 would be an urban crossover, which means that with full electrification it would take the position of the Captur.

Without an internal combustion engine taking up space up front, expect a lot more space and functionality than conventional Renault cars. The interior of this concept has not yet been shown, but Renault is expected to release the first photos next year.

A battery made of nickel, cobalt and manganese located in the floor of the vehicle with a capacity of 42 kWh should ensure a range of about 400 kilometers. The production Renault 4 is expected to be powered by a 136 hp electric motor on the front axle, which should enable acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 9 seconds.

For now, the possibility of more powerful versions with all-wheel drive has not been ruled out, but given that sister brand Alpine is already planning a performance version of the Renault 5 for 2024, the technically identical Renault 4 certainly exists as an option.

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