Newly reestablished automobile brand Alpine (not to be confused with Alpina) hasn’t launched a new product in more than two decades, but the French are already pondering an entire family of sports cars, as well as an SUV. That’s the word from Renault executive vice president Bruno Ancelin, who hinted that the Alpine badge could be used to enable Renault to compete with premium manufacturers such as Audi and Porsche. Now that’s a mighty big plan for a firm as small as Alpine!
Although Ancelin refused to elaborate on the matter, he did say Alpine will turn to alliance members Nissan and Daimler for know-how. As for establishing a full lineup of sports cars, the project is still in its infancy, as Alpine has yet to determine its priorities in the market and which new products would make sense financially. What’s truly relevant right now from Ancelin’s statement is that Alpine’s first sports car, due in 2016 for the 2017 model year, will be called the AS1, which stands for Alpine Sport 1.
"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 [then we’ll] look to the complementary models we will have in the line-up," he told Auto Express.
Continue reading to learn more about the future Renault Alpine models.