French automobile manufacturer Renault unveiled a concept at the ongoing Paris Motor Show that is another revival of an old nameplate, the Renault 4. Like the 5 hatchback, the 4 will be the second car based on Renault’s CMF-BEV architecture and will also be built alongside the 5. The concept version of the 4 has all the off-road bits like the body kit and it actually is. 4 concept version of Ever Trophy; Reference to 25Th Anniversary of the rally cars participating in the annual event in the Moroccan desert.
According to Renault, the 4 will actually cost more than the 5. As the 5 is a compact city car while the 4 is a large crossover that will be very versatile in its segment. Big tires and a chunky body kit with sand equipment won’t be finding their way into the production model. A synchronous motor mounted on the front axle draws power from a 42kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese battery that will likely be placed under the floor and open up space in the 4’s interior. The expected range is close to the 400 km mark with the EV making its 0-100 kmph sprint in under ten seconds.
Although Renault hasn’t revealed the interior yet, a reveal is on the cards next year. Also on the cards could be a more powerful 4-wheel drive iteration of the retro-styled E-SUV. Measuring 4,060 mm in length and with a 2,570 mm long wheelbase, the concept isn’t exactly a big car, but it’s certainly bigger than the Clio.
The concept shows a few visual nods and design cues to the original 4 through the front grille, front wings, rear fascia and most notably the rear quarter glass on the side of the car. The original 4 was a key model in the French automaker’s history with the company selling more than 8 million of them over a 33-year production run. It was a better alternative to Citroen’s 2CV and Renault’s first attempt at a front-wheel-drive family car. Now it remains to be seen if Renault gets the production spec of the 4 in India.
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