Renault continues to tap its past to promote its future, teasing a concept version of the revived Renault 4 ahead of its Paris motor show debut on October 17.
The company published two shadowed images overnight, of the front and side-profile, showing an over-the-top show car silhouette with a distinctly high-riding SUV stance.
Renault calls the concept “a modern twist to an iconic model that left its mark on the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.”
We already knew about the French company’s plan to bring back the famous Renault 4 as an electric car for the modern age, with a reported launch of 2025 in mind. The company calls it a “reinterpretation”.
Reports have suggested the road-going Renault 4 EV will go into production in 2025, about one year after the Renault 5’s slated 2024 debut.
Not much else is known about the revived Renault 4 EV at this stage, but it’s expected to share the 5’s CMF-B EV platform.
While the roadgoing Renault 4 remains a few years off, it’s understood to be on the cards for Australia.
“Any new product that’s announced from the EV side, we have our hands up for,” Renault Australia general manager Glen Sealey told us in May this year.
The original Renault 4 had been introduced in 1961 as a response to the Citroen 2CV, which had targeted lower-income French consumers in rural areas. More than eight million 4s were built over its lengthy run.
The 2CV’s popularity as an urban runabout inspired Renault to introduce the 4 (and its smaller-engined 3 sibling) as a more comfortable and practical rival to the Citroen.
Much as the 2CV outlived subsequent Citroen city cars and survived until 1990, the Renault 4 continued to be manufactured in France until 1992 and until 1994 in Slovenia and Morocco.