A new report from French publication auto-moto.com says that Groupe Renault would launch the Alpine electric SUV as early as in 2023, or in 2024. It expects the company to price its novelty e-SUV from under €100,000 or roughly $120,000 in the domestic market, which is way more expensive than previous calculations.
The French website has presented a rendering of the Alpine electric SUV, imagining the high-end electric crossover based on the design formula of the Lamborghini Urus. A funky front-end dials down the aggression laid by the extreme proportions and brings the nostalgia of the classic Alpine A110 Berlinette with quad headlamps featuring X-shaped graphics.
In reality, the Alpine electric SUV may not be as big or aggressive. A rendering from Brazilian artist Kleber Silva (via Behance) is another portrayal of the SUV. It is based on the Renault Arkana, and does not capture the ‘X’ motif, but gets the Alpine badges and the position of the lights accurately. The final car, in aggression level, would stradle the levels of the two renders.
Alpine, an ‘Avant-garde’ vehicle specialist of Groupe Renault, revealed a teaser of its upcoming models in the Renaulution corporate presentation in January. The silhouettes of its 3-member portfolio confirmed an electric sports car (successor for the Alpine A110), an electric SUV, and a B-segment electric hot-hatchback.
Alpine, which has been given the blessing of Groupe Renault boss Luca de Meo to re-invent itself into a performance division, has a new target to be profitable by 2025. To this extent, the firm has partnered with Geely-owned Lotus to work together in a number of areas including the development of the new sports car. It would be reasonable to expect the learnings from this partnership to spill over to the Alpine electric SUV.
While there are not too many details about the Alpine electric SUV, reports say it will be based on the CMF-EV platform, which will also underpin the upcoming Renault Megane eVision electric crossover. To date, Groupe Renault has filed over 300 patents on the CMF-EV platform, and more details on the exact offering and specifications should be shared in the second half of the year.
Alpine electric SUV – 4.8 m length, 400+ hp?
If the Megane eVision is the basis to go by, the Alpine electric SUV would feature the ‘slimline’ batteries which are built into the structure of the CMF-EV platform. Luca de Meo has told the media that these batteries are the ‘flattest in the market’ and that they help the crossover achieve superior aerodynamics, which would be key for the performance oriented Alpine electric SUV.
Auto-moto reports that the Alpine electric SUV will get four-wheel drive, while its battery should offer a capacity of at least 90 kWh, leading comfortably to a range 400 km, according to the WLTP homologation standard. Auto-Moto speculates that the Alpine SUV would be about 4.6 m long, matching the Nissan Ariya. The motor output would be between 400-500 hp, for it to have the mettle to compete with the Porsche Macan electric.
It would be reasonable to anticipate the Alpine electric SUV to arrive a couple of years prior to 2025 as the company aims to turn in profits from that year, and a volume-oriented electric SUV would be of crucial importance to achieving financial goals.