The Renault 5 isn’t the only iconic nameplate Renault plans to revive for the electric era. At the 2022 Paris auto show on Monday, the French automaker unveiled the Renault 4Ever Trophy concept, a pint-size off-roader that previews a modern Renault 4 or 4L.
The 4Ever Trophy concept comes 30 years after production of the original Renault 4 ended. It has an extroverted design, thanks to a tall ride height, a large roof rack, chunky tires, and underbody protection. Renault said the design pays tribute to the rugged Renault 4s that competed in events like the 4L Trophy humanitarian rally a quarter-century ago.
However, look past these elements and you’ll arrive at the basic design of an electric subcompact crossover Renault plans to launch in the near future as a modern Renault 4. There are also some details that clearly echo the original 4, like the angle of the C-pillar, the rounded corners of the rear three-quarter windows, and the rectangular element enclosing the headlights.
The modern Renault is being developed alongside a modern Renault 5 that was previewed last year as a concept. Unlike the modern Renault 4, which has eschewed the original 4’s wagon body for the more popular crossover form, the modern Renault 5 will keep the original hatch body style.
Both vehicles are confirmed to use the CMF-BEV platform of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. The modular platform has been designed for subcompact and compact EVs.
Renault also used the Paris auto show to present an electric version of its Kangoo compact van, as well as a wild take on its upcoming modern Renault 5 meant to honor the original R5 Turbo. Renault’s Alpine performance brand also presented the Alpenglow hydrogen hypercar concept at the show.
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