All-new Renault 4 could line up as a cheap electric commercial vehicle to sit alongside new 5 hatchback coming by 2025
Renault could add another reborn icon to its line-up in the near future in the form of a new, all-electric version of the 4, after a trademark application for a new Renault 4 badge – in the same style as that found on the new 5 Prototype – was discovered.
It will be another key vehicle in an electrification drive that will see Renault launch seven new fully-electric vehicles by 2025. Earlier in 2021, the brand revealed the stunning Renault 5 Prototype, which is due in 2023 as an affordable electric supermini.
- New Renault 5 due in 2023 priced from £18,000 to £26,500
Renault hasn’t gone on record with any plans to revive the 4. But, there has been plenty of speculation suggesting that the brand will commit to a reboot of the model as another affordable small EV with heavy inspiration from the original, which was one of the brand’s greatest sales successes.
Over a 31 year production run spanning from 1961 to 1992, the brand produced over eight million units of the 4 and its cheaper Renault 3 derivative.
This year sees the original 4 celebrate its 60th anniversary, and Renault has teased that there will be a “surprise” based on the 4L van in November. That could be a hint that we could see a concept previewing the vehicle by the end of 2021, and ties in with further rumours that the new 4 will be a cheap, electric commercial vehicle counterpart to the passenger carrying 5.
Should the 4 be based on the same underpinnings as the new 5, it will use the CMF-B platform currently used by the Zoe hatchback, which is a modified version of the Clio’s underpinnings, made suitable for an all-electric drivetrain.
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