With its robust design, Colorale proved very useful to tradesmen, merchants and farmers in the 1950s. It was made available in several versions, adapted to handle any situation.
A vehicle suitable for all
After the Second World War, Renault’s utility vehicle range was in need of a medium-sized vehicle to fill the gap between Juvaquatre and the 1,000 and 1,500 kg trucks. Then, in 1950, Colorale was born, its name a contraction of “colonial” and “rural”. With its rounded lines, this robust and practical vehicle, fitted with an 85 engine, was available in several versions: Prairie, Savane, taxi, small van, pickup, covered flatbed, chassis cab, etc. Even a 4x4 version was developed, which was quite rare at the time.
Prairie was the first Colorale unveiled to journalists in the Parc de Bagatelle in May 1950.
A functional, family-oriented vehicle
Its unique cabin had a certain rustic look, but the gear lever on the steering wheel, opening windows and wide doors offered the sort of comfort that most popular small cars lacked at the time. Prairie also featured a removable rear seat to accommodate a 7th passenger. The usable volume became even more impressive when this seat and rear bench seat were removed. It would become the pillar of the range; Renault even went as far as producing a Luxury Prairie.
Model displayed: The 1953 Colorale Prairie (Type 2093) featured a new 85 rocker arm engine recently developed for the Frégate.