Renault’s sports car brand will climb to new heights, with the Alpine range to include two larger models as it eyes global markets.

    These will consist of a D-segment crossover and an E-segment crossover, both of which will be electric as the brand ceases combustion-engine sales from 2026.

    The two new models will be revealed after a previously announced trio of electric Alpine models, set to launch from 2024 onwards.

    The term D-segment is typically used to refer to mid-sized SUVs like the BMW X3, with E-segment naturally referring to the next size class up.

    The new Alpines will slot in alongside the previously confirmed next-generation A110 sports car, and above a light hatch on the CMF-BEV platform underpinning the upcoming Renault 5 and a mid-sized crossover called the GT X-Over.

    The latter will share its CMF-EV platform with the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and Nissan Ariya, and will be available with an all-wheel drive powertrain with torque vectoring.

    Alpine says it expects half of its growth to come from new markets beyond Europe “including potentially North America and China” – two major markets which the brand has yet to enter following its 2017 relaunch.

    It says it will leverage commercial partnerships and investor support to accelerate its growth and international expansion.

    The company’s local distributor, Ateco, has previously said it’s open to bringing new Alpine vehicles here. The brand’s sole model, the A110, was discontinued last year as it didn’t comply with stricter ADR 85 side-impact regulations.

    The Renault Group calls Alpine a “true high-end brand, a full-fledged OEM, asset-light, tech focused” with a team of 2000 people, 50 per cent of whom are engineers.

    It also aims for the brand’s production to be carbon neutral by 2030.

    Renault’s F1 team has been rebranded as Alpine, and Renault under CEO Luca de Meo – appointed in 2020 – has committed to the low-volume sports car brand.

    It’s one of the Renault Group’s four brands, alongside budget-friendly Dacia and mobility arm Mobilize.

    Renault expects Alpine to bring in €2 billion (A$3.1bn) revenue in 2026 and more than €8 billion (A$12.41bn) in 2030.

    It expects the “high-end anchor” brand to break even in 2026 and have an operating margin greater than 10 per cent in 2030.

    The Renault Group announced this week as part of its Revolution business plan that it would become a “next-gen automotive company built on five focused businesses”, one of which is Alpine.

    The others are Ampere, its new electric vehicle and software arm; Mobilize, its mobility division; The Future Is Neutral, a “circular economy company”; and Power, which will develop combustion and hybrid powertrains as part of a 50/50 joint venture with Geely.

    Alpine’s next-generation A110 will be developed in coordination with Lotus, in which Geely has a majority stake.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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