On October 17, Renault will present a prototype conceived as a tribute to the mythical 4L (popularly known as “4 Latas” in our country), one of its most remembered classics. This concept car will also be constituted as a preview of the electric remake of the 4L that the diamond firm will launch on the market at the end of 2024.
Known internally by the code name “4EVer”, the new Renault 4 will be a 100% electric B-SUV somewhat smaller than the Captur and Megane E-TECH. In addition, there will also be a van version (which will probably be called Express), which will be a step below the Kangoo E-TECH in terms of size and price.
According to the two advances published so far, the prototype will maintain some characteristic elements of the original model such as round headlights encompassed by a rectangular grille, as well as a custody window in the form of an isosceles trapezoid. The pilots in vertical format made up of three modules will also be a tribute to their illustrious predecessor.
The concept car will emphasize the off-road side of the 4L; not in vain, Renault also intends to commemorate with its launch the 25th anniversary of the 4L Trophy, a solidarity raid that goes from France to Morocco in which only this type of vehicle participates. The prototype will have off-road wheels, high ground clearance, a roof rack, and a water tank on the rear window…
The new electric Renault 4 will be launched in 2024
The production version will make use of the CMF-BEV modular platform, the same one that will be used in the electric R5. This architecture will share 50% of its components with the CMF-B of the Clio and Captur. Initially, both the 4L and its Express van version will be assembled at France’s Maubeuge plant, where the Kangoo, Mercedes-Benz Citan/T-Class, and Nissan Townstar are currently built.
Although the platform will be able to house 109 CV (80 kW), 136 CV (100 kW), and 218 CV (160 kW) motors, as well as 42 and 52 kWh capacity batteries with NCM (nickel, cobalt, manganese) cells of Envision AESC, at the moment it is not clear what mechanical combinations Renault will bet on in the new 4L.
Regarding the load, it is known that this architecture will admit peaks of 22 kW in alternating current and 130 kW in direct current. Among the main rivals of the Renault 4 will be the Skoda Elroq and the Volkswagen ID.2, both manufactured in Landaben (Navarra, Spain).