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Renault’s affordable EVs are coming to Australia. – Dubai Car News

REnault’s chief engineer has outlined the brand’s plans to bring its upcoming electric vehicles to Australia.

Strip away the outdoor add-ons from the 4Ever Trophy concept revealed at the recent Paris Motor Show and you’re looking at a small SUV EV due in 2025. And the 5 prototype that was shown at last year’s IAA Munich Mobility Expo, the 2024 small hatch EV.

“Styling is still the number one reason to buy,” explains Gilles Le Borgne. The wheels. “You know the Renault brand is a pop brand, a popular brand, and we need to make mobility affordable. That’s really our role.”

But it’s value, not cleverness, that LeBourgne is tasked with delivering.

Prices for the 4 and 5 will open in Europe between €20,000 and €25,000, which equates to around $30,000 to $40,000 in Australia. And LeBourgne cheerfully revealed how Renault plans to hit its pricing targets.

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Both small EVs will use the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance’s CMF-B EV architecture. Unlike the CMF-EV developed for major Alliance EVs like the Megane E-Tech and Nissan Ariya, the CMF-B EV is not a clean-sheet, no-compromise EV design.

It will share many components with internal combustion engine (ICE) powered models that use other versions of the CMF-B. LeBorgan says the platform’s simple multi-link rear axle will come from the Dacia Duster. The HVAC system, seat frames, front axle, even the wiper system will be taken from the “Clio, Captur, Sandro, etc.”

The two Renault EVs as well as the CMF-B EV will also serve as the basis for the next Nissan Micra. This means that production economies of scale will also help control costs.

“The third (cost-cutting) lever is really that we’ve developed, with Nissan, a very affordable chemistry that we’re now industrializing at our Doi plant in the north of France,” says Le Bourgne. “So it’s low-cost chemistry, almost no logistics costs, because it’s close to the factory where we’ll build the cars.

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“Put it all together – the family approach, the carryover parts, plus the affordable batteries – the CMF-B EV is, I’d say, the tool, or the weapon, for making affordable cars.”

Renault’s small EV – the 4 will be just over four meters long – won’t lack driving range. LeBorgon promises that the 40kWh and 52kWh battery packs will give them 300km to more than 400km of driving between recharges. Another senior Renault exec also confirms that they are both global models, meaning right-hand drive production is guaranteed.

“We have our hands on all the new Renault products that are available in right-hand drive,” says Glen Seely, General Manager of Renault Australia with local distributor Ateco. “We see potential for both concepts in Australia.”

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Image: Courtesy of Renault 4 Concept Patent Images Auto Vazi.

For Oz? Most likely, 2025 or later

Design chief Gilles Vidal says the 4Ever Trophy concept isn’t just a “retro-futuristic” reboot of the 60s Renault 4L. “Put it back on the floor, with normal wheels and less extreme cladding,” and you’re looking at the small SUV EV Renault will produce from 2025.

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For Oz? Likely, 2024 or later

Renault’s 5 EV also takes inspiration from the past, in this case from the 70s. Vidal promises that the 2021 5 prototype concept seen here is a “95 percent” accurate indication of the small electric hatch due in 2024. “It’s only a matter of a few centimeters.”

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