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It’s the 60th anniversary of the original Renault 4 this year. To celebrate the occasion, Renault teamed up with French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create a unique take on the classic, with a rear awning inspired by a hotel suite and an all-electric powertrain.

The Renault Suite Nº4 (as Lehanneur calls it) is the same size as the classic station wagon, but the rear of the car has been replaced with a polycarbonate bubble which contains a flat natural wood floor. Meanwhile, the front seats were trimmed with a mix of velor and chenille – meant to mimic the design of a French hotel.

On the roof there is a set of see-through solar panels that not only let light pass through them and into the cabin, but also charge the battery of the moving EV to complete its range. There is also a sliding bench mounted on the rear bumper which offers exterior seating sheltered under the opening rear shell.

The body was painted in a three-step process designed to make the metal look like cement, while the grille was replaced with a polished aluminum unit. All the materials for the project were made in France, some even supplied by high-end Parisian furniture makers.

Lehanneur’s vision for the Renault Nº4 Suite was to create a mobile space that allows the driver to experience the ambience of a luxury hotel suite, wherever they are.

He said: “I wanted to merge the worlds of automotive and architecture to create an open-air hotel room. Even better than the prettiest lavish suite, the car is exactly where you want it to be, whether it’s by the sea, in the middle of a field, or driving into the city you’ve always dreamed of.

Renault claims the Suite Nº4 is powered by a “100% electric motor”, although the brand has yet to confirm powertrain details.

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