A brand new family of Renault Alpine sports cars could be just around the corner, according to an Auto Express interview with Renault’s executive vice president.
Speaking to the publication, Renault’s Bruno Ancelin said that the manufacturer is currently working on the first car, which is due to land as early as next year, with a full range of Alpine models to follow.
He said: “We are working on the first car, and out of the first car we are working on the line-up. So model number one, which we call the AS1 – Alpine Sport 1. We need to see further and look to the complementary models we will have in the line-up.”
First model called ‘Alpine Sport 1’
The news follows from Renault’s acquisition of the Alpine brand, which it had previously shared with British sports car manufacturer Caterham, early last June.
At the time, Renault said that they would continue to plan to launch their own Alpine car in 2016 as had been initially planned, and it now seems to be as though those plans are indeed coming to fruition.
Renault’s executive vice president spoke openly about the new Alpine range’s ability to compete with rivals like Audi and Porsche, and has taken advice from partner company Nissan’s Nismo division.
Despite various bumps in the road, Renault’s momentum in bringing back the Alpine name doesn’t seem to have slowed any, with the possibility of hybrid technology also under consideration.
Mr Ancelin said: “What we are sure of is that we cannot revive a brand or create a brand with a single model. It’s not sustainable to have a single model, it’s impossible.
“For example, if you want to be sustainable in some markets you need a hybrid in the line-up. We’d have highly differentiated models.”
Fresh ideas and new technology
Although he didn’t comment on exactly how each model could differ from the others, he did note that Renault is open to new ideas in order to ensure the sustainability and desirability of the brand.
“Which technology and which kind of engines do we need, which kind of body styles, will all of them be sporty cars or will some of them be SUV?” he said. “We must address all these questions.”
Not much else is known about the first Alpine Sport 1 currently undergoing construction except that it’s a “low weight and sporty car” but more is expected to be revealed in the coming months.