Renault has confirmed that it will revive the 4 nameplate for a new retro-themed “timeless classic” electric car called 4ever, which will join the forthcoming Renault 5 and MeganE as one of 10 new EVs launched by 2025.
Company boss Luca de Meo confirmed long-rumoured plans to resurrect the Renault 4, which was originally produced from 1961 until 1994, during an online ‘ElectroPop’ event in which Renault revealed new details of how it plans to make up to 90% of its European sales fully electric by 2030.
Although de Meo divulged few specifics about the 4ever during the event, it is set to use the same CMF-BEV small car platform as the 5 and is likely to be a similar size. As previously reported by Autocar, whereas the 5 is conceived as a sporty hatch, the 4ever is likely to take the form of a compact crossover. As with the 5, it will feature what design boss Gilles Vidal refers to as “retro-modern” styling.
Both the 5 and 4ever are set to benefit from new battery and electric motor technology being developed by the Renault Group that, the firm says, will drive down the costs of small EVs. Renault claims this technology on the CMF-BEV platform will enable it to reduce the cost of the 5 by 33% compared with the similarly sized Renault Zoe. That model starts at £27,505, suggesting an entry-level price for the 5 of around £18,500 when it launched in 2023.
Meanwhile, the firm has confirmed that performance brand Alpine will launch its first EV in 2024.
Renault has also confirmed the CMF-BEV platform will be used for a new electric van. While no details were revealed, an outline shown during the electropop presentation hinted that this would feature a design based on the classic Renault 4 Fourgonette panel van.
During the presentation, de Meo confirmed the Zoe will go out of production when its lifecycle ends in 2024. There’s currently no direct successor, although it will “naturally will be replaced by the products we have shown today so we won’t have as hole.”
Renault focused on new battery and motor technology