no roof, no rules
In 1970, Renault Rodéo was introduced to the diamond range. One of the brand’s first convertible models, it joined the small club in which the only other models were Renault 4 Plein Air and Renault Torpédo Sinpar. Renault Rodéo sits on a Renault 4 van platform, inviting anyone looking to combine the practical with the pleasurable: hikers, hunters, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, etc.
Renault Rodéo was originally launched in the versions Évasion, Chantier, Artisanale, Coursière and Quatre Saisons. 1973 marked the release of a new version: Renault Rodéo 6 gave the original Rodéo 4 a whole new look, as well as a superior engine and new gear box. In 1981, Renault Rodéo 5 was launched exclusively as a 2-seater version.
Imagine the wind rushing through your hair, along with the sounds of Renault Rodéo.
From its first version—Renault Rodéo 4—this model stands out for its laminated polyester body, both light and resilient. Renault Rodéo 5 opted for a polyester and injected polyurethane body, which stands up to little bumps and corrosion (perfect for avid adventurers who sometimes prefer rougher terrain). Some Renault Rodéo versions were fully open, and others had a top covering the driver’s seat only or a fully closed top, with windows and doors.
Although Renault Rodéo was not initially designed for motorsport, its lightness and durability sparked certain ideas to enter the model in a few rallies. Its most notable performance was in the infamous Paris-Dakar race in 1981.
about 60,000 units
- Performance and engine
- max. speed of approximately 110 km/h
- 4 cylinders
- 845 cc to 1289 cc
- dimensionsLength 3.73 mWidth 1.54 mHeight 1.59 m
- the laminated polyester body, available on Rodéo 4 and 6 in versions
Évasion (fully uncovered),
Chantier (top over driver’s seat only),
Coursière (full top),
Artisanale (fully closed with side windows and two doors) and
Quatre Saisons (4 seats, fully closed with side windows and two doors).
Except for the short-lived Jeep Renegade based on the original AMC CJ7 powered by Renault (who circulated this Jeep CJ7 in Europe from 1983 to 1986), the open-top all-terrain vehicle concept would come to a close at the end of the 80s. Moving on, Renault focused on full fledged 4-seater saloon convertibles, and in 1991, the innovative Renault 19 convertible was born. It was a hit. When one car top closes, another window to the future opens.