Alpine, the sports brand of the Renault Group, will launch three electric models in the coming years: a hypervitaminized version of the Renault 5 (2024), a high-performance crossover (2025), and a sporty heir to the current A110 (2026). With this ambitious offensive, the Norman firm will seek to gain a foothold in the premium sector.
The company today revealed new details of the aforementioned crossover, which it refers to as the “GT X-Over” in its press release. This name gives us new clues about the personality of a model that will have the soul of a grand tourer; that is, it will combine the comfort and practicality of an SUV with the performance and dynamism of a sports car.
This car will make use of the CMF-EV modular platform, the same one that can be found in the Nissan Ariya and Renault Megane E-TECH Electric. Given that its launch is scheduled for the middle of the decade, it may incorporate an evolution of said architecture, so it could improve its current technical specifications (today the platform offers a maximum range of 580 km WLTP).
Since it will be located in the D-SUV segment, among its rivals we could find proposals such as the Maserati Grecale Folgore, the electric Porsche Macan, and the Lotus Type 134. However, unlike these models, initially, the French will not have an 800-volt electrical architecture.
Rumors indicate that, like electric cars like the MG Marvel R or the Tesla Model S Plaid, the Alpine “GT X-Over” will have a three-motor powertrain. Renault’s engineering boss, Gilles le Borgne, confirmed that “at the rear, we’ll have a big surprise. ” While the 218 hp engine of the Megane E-TECH Electric would be used on the front axle, two independent units would be combined behind (one for each wheel).
In the absence of official confirmation, the vehicle is also expected to be equipped with an advanced torque vectoring system, as well as rear-wheel steering. The combination of these solutions with the vehicle’s low center of gravity should result in dynamic behavior on a par with the Alpine legend. As with the A110, the emphasis will be on weight reduction (we shouldn’t rule out the extensive use of aluminum in the bodywork).
The Alpine “GT X-Over” will be produced at the historic French plant in Dieppe, where the A110 is currently assembled. The factory will be renamed ” Manufacture Alpine Dieppe Jean Rédélé” in honor of the founder of the brand. The project is part of the “Re-Nouveau France 2025” plan, which places the neighboring country at the center of Groupe Renault’s industrial and technological activities.
“In the last twelve months, Alpine has shown that it has put in place a new dynamic and has kept its commitments. This is reflected today in Dieppe with the announcement of the production of the future X-Over GT Alpine, thus offering a clear future and strong prospects for its historic industrial site. Alpine’s ambition must be to reach higher and higher, where only the most passionate and those most driven by this quest for perfection can claim their place. This level of excellence must now be Alpine’s oxygen,” said Luca de Meo, CEO of Groupe Renault, about this announcement.