An internal source confirmed to Autocar that the Renault 4, more commonly known as the Renault 4L in its time, would indeed be entitled to a second electrical life in the course of 2025.
In mid-January, the manufacturer Renault presented its new attack plan for the next five years in terms of electric vehicles. Headed by Luca de Meo himself, the boss of the group, the Renaulution offensive will notably unearth a certain Renault 5 – which sold more than 5.5 million copies between 1972 and 1984 – in a connected version.
Rumors about an electric Renault 4 also arose earlier this year. And the site Coach puts the file back on the table after having returned to the words of the Director-General, for whom there will be “at least one more revival“. Through “revival », We must understand here an old model brought up to date which will swap its old thermal engine for a 100% electric system.
The British media goes further in its announcements, since it quotes an internal source according to which the Renault 4 constitutes the famous “more revivalMentioned by the boss. Its marketing would then take place in the course of 2025, approximately two years after the launch of the Renault 5.
For his part, Renault’s design manager, Gilles Vidal, suggested that some future models “could move towards a retrofuturistic approach“. The 4L – so nicknamed at the time – could then espouse this aesthetic philosophy.
Renault 4 and 5 electric, a future coexistence
Both based on the same CMF-B platform, the Renault 4 and Renault 5 could then coexist for several years, without eclipsing the Zoé. In any case, this is what the director of the design department, Laurens van den Acker, says, for whom the electric R5 will not bring about the end of the successful trendy city car.
« The Zoé is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe. It would be foolish to stop marketing a best-selling car in its segment“. These remarks are valid for today, which may not be so in two or three years with the arrival of new products that are always more efficient and less expensive.