To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Renault 4, the French manufacturer has teamed up with designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create the concept car Renault SUITE N°4. The result is an original concept car inspired by a nomad hotel suite that will be unveiled today.
“The collaboration with Mathieu Lehanneur was a natural fit.” said Arnaud Belloni, Renault Brand Global Marketing Director. “We asked him to come up with a concept car showcasing his vision for the 4L. The finished product was extraordinary. A car which really encapsulates everything the brand has set out to achieve through the Renaulution strategic plan: create modern and innovative cars that provoke emotions.”
Mathieu Lehanneur’s vision was influenced by the parallel worlds of automobile and architecture. The Renault SUITE N°4 is a tribute to the 4L that channels the same pure, understated and simple spirit while prioritising efficiency and spontaneity.
“SUITE N°4 opens the door to a new kind of mobility that strives to make people live experiences. I wanted to merge the worlds of cars and architecture to create an open-air hotel room. Even better than the finest palatial suite, the car is exactly where you want it to be, whether that’s by the sea, in the middle of a field or driving around the city you’ve always dreamed of.” says designer Mathieu Lehanneur.
The front of the Renault SUITE N°4 sports the same iconic lights, lines and silhouette as the original. The grill has been treated with polished aluminium to give the car a fluid, dynamic appearance. The body of the car is coated with three layers of paint to make it look like cement, a material synonymous with modern architecture.
Inside the car, Mathieu Lehanneur decided to use upholstery fabric with the intent to give a warm, energetic feel. The seats and the dashboard are covered with yellow velvet, whereas the backs of the seats are finished with a thick, ribbed chenille fabric for a robust look.
The boot has undergone a complete transformation, featuring a natural fibre floor covering and a wooden drawer that can be removed to provide sheltered seating when the hatch is open. Like for the 4L back in the day, all of the materials are “made in France” and supplied by high-end Parisian furniture producers.