Renault 4 is to be revived as an electric SUV

Renault 4 is to be revived as an electric SUV

French automaker Renault will relaunch its most successful model – the Renault 4 hatchback – as a new electric SUV concept later this month.

That renault 4 is expected to be the latest classic nameplate to be revived by the French automaker, which will star on an electric SUV concept that’s being teased ahead of its unveiling later this month.

According to the auction house Hagertymore than eight million Renault 4 – also known as R4 – were produced in France between 1961 and 1992 and became the best-selling French car until the Peugeot 206 city hatchback broke its record in 2010.

Some 30 years after the end of production of the iconic hatchback, Renault has announced that it will revive the R4 as an electric car – with the new model having its covers removed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show on October 17.

Teasers of the reborn Renault 4 show a ramping SUV with plenty of ground clearance and flared wheel arches.

The Renault 4 seems to be equipped with roof racks, a roof box and an additional storage space on the rear window.

A light-up Renault badge sits front and center on the faux grille, while the front fascia houses LED lights. Cameras mounted on the front pillars replace traditional mirrors.

The Renault 4 also features illuminated lower areas of the front and rear doors and the rear side window.

While teasers show a radically off-road capable concept car, patent images posted online in May 2021 showed what appears to be the production version of the electric Renault 4.

As reported by Automotive News EuropeThe new Renault 4 is expected to go into production before 2025, based on the CMF-BEV electric platform developed by Renault and Nissan.

The new Renault 4 is expected to be built alongside the relaunched Renault 5, an electric city hatchback that shares the same battery-powered platform.

The Renault 5 is one of 10 new electric models to be launched by 2025.

By 2025, Renault aims to have at least 10 electric cars on the market in Europe, before selling only zero-emission vehicles by the end of the decade.

In January, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance announced that the three brands would launch 35 new electric cars by 2030.

In February, Renault announced that the new Megane E-Tech Electric small SUV would arrive in Australia next year, joining a growing lineup of electric models that includes the Kangoo, Trafic and Master vans.

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Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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