Alpine, Renault’s performance and racing subsidiary, is gearing up to reveal a “brand-new” concept car at this year’s Paris motor show set to run from October 17 to 23.
The French sports carmaker was very vague with specific details, but said this concept car will embody the “future of its product and sports strategy”, and will mark a “new stage in the brand’s transformation”.
Alpine hasn’t shown off any teaser photos of the upcoming concept, so we don’t know what will look like at this stage.
One vehicle this could be is a concept version of the upcoming Alpine GT X-Over high-performance electric crossover that’s slated to go into production by 2025.
“It’s a bit early to talk about this car for Alpine, but it will be a really high-end car – four-wheel drive including torque vectoring,” said Renault vice president for engineering Gilles Le Borgne to Auto Express in September 2021.
It’s unclear how much power and torque the Alpine GT X-Over will make at this stage.
For reference, the related Nissan Ariya produces 290kW of power and 600Nm of torque in its most powerful form. In this guise, it’s good or a 5.1-second sprint to 100km/h.
For now, Alpine has only released a teaser of the GT X-Over as part of its new all-electric announcement that shows its high-riding, fastback-like silhouette.
Another vehicle this concept could be that was also teased during this announcement could be the all-electric Alpine A110 replacement.
This sports car will be built in partnership with British sports car specialists Lotus, using the brand’s new E-Sport electric platform.
The last car this concept could be is a hot version of the new Renault 5 EV that’ll be built on the CMF-BEV electric platform.
Even if this concept isn’t any of these three previously teased cars, it has confirmed that all three will be launched by 2026.
In addition to the “brand-new concept car”, Alpine will also show off its “very latest innovations” at this year’s Paris motor show, which many include the all-electric A110 E-ternité coupe, as well as its Formula 1 offerings.
Alpine currently doesn’t sell any cars locally since the discontinuation of the A110 due to the introduction of Australian Design Rule 85/00 in all new vehicles from November 1, 2021.
It’s unclear at this stage if Alpine will return to the Australian market with its upcoming electric vehicles at this stage.
A spokesperson from Ateco, Renault’s Australian distributor, said in October 2021 that when the new models are revealed in full, the product planning team will then assess if they will be brought to the Australian market.