Renault 4 2025: Everything we know about the budget electric crossover
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Renault is preparing to expand its electric car lineup with two retro-inspired models: the R5 supermini and the 4 crossover. While the latter is not expected to reach production until 2025, we have already gathered substantial details about its design and technical specifications. In this article, we’ve compiled all the available information about the upcoming electric car, complete with a host of exclusives that provide an in-depth look at its design.
The French carmaker announced the 4 as part of its electrification strategy in June 2021, showcasing the grille, lighting signature, passenger silhouettes and light commercial vehicle variants of modern interpretations of the popular 4L hatchback (1961-1992) and the equivalent 4 Fourgonette (1965-1992) van. . However, the most revealing preview of the upcoming production model was the Renault 4Ever Trophy Concept that debuted in Paris in October 2022. This study has given us a better idea of the production model’s strong design and budget-oriented character.
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Our artist has created a very accurate representation of the 2025 Renault 4 crossover based on official teasers and last year’s concept. The front and rear three-quarter styling borrows the main body and styling cues of the concept, albeit with some toned-down production features. These will likely include smaller diameter wheels, traditional mirrors and door handles, a more discreet body kit, the omission of the concept’s extreme off-road equipment, as well as a futuristic hollow hood that sacrifices practicality.
The simple black grille surrounding the LED headlights, the greenhouse, the vertically mounted taillights, the pronounced fender shape, the trapezoidal rear side windows, and the pointed tail with pill-shaped taillights are clear references to the original 4L and 4L. Most likely it will reach production. Meanwhile, the generous ground clearance, heavy dose of plastic cladding on the boxy wheel arches, and large unpainted overhangs on the fenders give it a more adventurous stance in keeping with rugged SUVs like fellow Dacia Duster.
Dimensions, interior and technology
The 4 is expected to closely mirror the concept’s footprint, with a length of 4,160 mm (163.8 in) and a wheelbase of 2,570 mm (101.2 in), placing it in the B-SUV segment. This would make it around half a meter (19.6 in) longer than the original 4L from the 1960s but 68 mm (2.7 in) shorter than the ICE-powered Captur which is currently the smallest SUV in Renault’s European range.
The interior of the Renault 4 is expected to reflect the no-frills character of the exterior, with a minimalist design that emphasizes practicality and durability. Despite its small size, the electric platform is expected to produce a five-seat cabin and a large trunk for this category. We wouldn’t be surprised if Renault takes a cue from Dacia and incorporates a smartphone holder, along with a smaller-than-usual digital cockpit and recycled materials, in order to make the four more affordable and sustainable. This strategy is also followed by rival French brand Citroen, showing a growing trend among automakers.
Renault’s approach to blending old and modern design elements will be limited to the R5 and 4 models, setting them apart from the rest of the range. As Laurence van den Acker, Renault’s chief design officer, described it, this decision is similar to the strategy used by Ford on the Mustang and Bronco nameplates, allowing designers to “tell stories from the past.” Other electric cars that draw on their automaker’s design heritage include the Fiat 500e, Honda e and MINI Cooper SE.
The Renault 4 will be built on an extended version of the CMF-BEV architecture that will also underpin the R5, the Alpine A5 hot hatch, and the electric successors to the Nissan Micra and Juke. Although we don’t have information about the power of the electric powertrain (most likely a front-mounted motor) or battery capacity, Renault has previously hinted at a WLTP range of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles). We also know that the new low-cost batteries will feature nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMW) technology and will be produced in France, just like the Renault 4, which will be manufactured at Renault Group’s ElectriCity centre.
The R5 supermini and 4 crossover will be zero-emission equivalents of the ICE-powered Clio and Captur, occupying the B-segment when they arrive in the next two years. These retro-flavored electric vehicles will join the upcoming Megane E-Tech and Scenic E-Tech in Renault’s future electric passenger car range, while the Furgonette 4 will sit alongside the Kangoo E-Tech and Master E-Tech light commercial vehicles.
Renault 4ever Cup concept
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