2019 - Renault 4L e-Plein Air Concept

Renault 4L and R5: the famous cars of the 60s and 70s are back in a 100% electric version

Renault would be working on new electric vehicles inspired by its most famous models from the 60s to 90s. The Renault 4L would be part of the lot, as well as the R5 and the Super 5. The electric version of the 4L could build on the concept. Renault e-Plein Air. The Alpine brand would also be concerned with three electric models.

2019 - Renault 4L e-Plein Air Concept
Renault 4L e-Plein Air Concept. Credit: Renault / Bernard Canonne

2020 has been a bad year for the French automotive sector. Containment. Production delays. Sales at half mast. And this despite an economic recovery plan (conversion bonus, ecological bonus) which has had some success, but which only benefited clean vehicles. Emmanuel Macron justified this decision by explaining that it is a long-term plan towards a cleaner car, an area in which the president wants France to dominate.

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Renault may have been more affected by the 2020 crisis than PSA. But the diamond brand intends to recover by relying on European regulations and the craze for electricity. It now offers three electric vehicles: the famous Zoe, the Twingo Electric and the little one Twizy. But others should quickly join them according to information published by the Reuters agency.

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Make something new with old

According to the press agency, the electric strategy of Luca de Meo, new boss of Renault, would be based on nostalgia and the history of the brand. Responding to the name “Renaulution”, this guideline consists of developing several vehicles strongly inspired by the most popular models released between the 60s and the 90s. Three cars were notably mentioned: the 4L, the R5 and the Super 5. The 4L could be the first to be formalized. And she could lean on the 4L e-Plein Air concept which illustrates this article and which was unveiled by Renault in 2019. e-Plein Air is a strongly nostalgic concept, since it is based on the Renault Plein Air from 1969!

The legendary R5 will therefore also make its comeback with an electric motor. Called Renault 5 Prototype, it obviously takes overs character-defining elements of the 1972 R5. We thus find these rectangular headlights, this unique grille, these large doors and its slender taillights.

r5 electric
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But of course, this prototype does not forget to bring something new, with a head-up display or these light strips making the junction between the front and rear headlights. This new generation of the R5 comes with a brand logo redesign, decidedly more modern. In addition, Renault is written in full on the grille at the front and on the bumper at the rear of the vehicle.

Let us also mention the rims, impressive and which may not leave you indifferent. For now, the Renault 5 Prototype remains as its name suggests a prototype, nothing says that the vehicle will one day go into production. However, this R5 2.0 could well replace the Zoe, which will celebrate its 8-year career in 2021.

The other Renault brands would not be outdone, since the sports brand Alpine should also embark on the electric. No less than three models would already be in development. Sports electrics saw a boom in 2020, thanks to Porsche Taycan, whose Turbo S version is the most powerful electric car on the market. Let us not forget either Dacia which should present its 100% electric and affordable car from 2021.

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Source: Reuters