With a history dating back to the late 1800s, Renault has a huge archive of vintage models and events from which to draw inspiration for new projects – the latest of which sees the French car firm turn its sights to the 4L Trophy – an annual humanitarian rally through the Moroccan desert that has been held since 1997. Taking inspiration from the retro racers of the 4L Trophy, Renault has now unveiled a concept rally-grade electric off-roader known as the 4EVER Trophy.
Released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 4L Trophy humanitarian rally, the 4EVER Trophy sports a neo-retro design that takes inspiration from the Renault 4 – albeit with an obvious Dakar-style racing influence. Sporting a contemporary – and completely facelifted – take on the Renault 4’s bodywork, the concept features modern Matrix LED-equipped interpretations of the 4’s pill-shaped taillights and headlights, as well as modern versions of the wide grille iconic French commuter car and trapezoidal side windows in the rear. Like the Rivian R1T, the 4EVER Trophy was designed for maximum off-road capability without looking out of place on city streets.
The 4EVER Trophy is coated in a gunmetal silver paint job juxtaposed by magenta highlights on the concept’s roof straps, suspension springs and wheel emblems. The car’s carbon fiber roof has been capped with a custom roof rack – complete with LED strip light bars on all four sides – which now accommodates a full-size spare while the vehicle’s rear window has been hit by a set of salvage boards and an overland shovel. Fitted with 7.87-inches of clearance, the concept’s 19-inch wheels each feature built-in visible air compressors and sit beneath massively flared fenders that allow for plenty of suspension travel. In addition to an underlying skid plate, the 4EVER Trophy also features a truncated front overhang that enhances clearance and approach and departure angles.
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the Renault 4EVER Trophy Concept will not go into production, but it nonetheless portends an exciting future for the brand as it tries to innovate in its space while keeping a foothold in the past. .