Published: Thu, January 14, 2021
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New Alpine A110 goes electric

New Alpine A110 goes electric

The French firm says the new Renault 5 Prototype allows the company to "reconnect" with its past. It now produces one vehicle, the A110, but has plans to develop an all-electric hot hatch, an all-electric sports crossover auto and an all-electric replacement for the A110 sports vehicle.

In the announcement, the Renault Groupe declared Alpine as a manufacturer that "will combine Alpine cars, Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing into a fully-fledged, new lean and smart entity, dedicated to developing exclusive and innovative sportscars".

Earlier this week, Renault announced its former F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul had left the team and named Laurent Rossi as the new Alpine CEO. Both brands have an unbelievable legacy and we are most excited to start this work together, from engineering tailored solutions to developing a next-generation EV sports vehicle.

We don't exactly know when this particular model will debut, but it will be joined by a reinterpreted version of the Renault 4L and both will be available by 2025.

Sports auto brands to collaborate on a zero-emissions sports vehicle, alongside with other partnerships in R&D and motorsport.

The "Renaulution" will see a re-alignment of the company carried out, with Alpine becoming Renault's upper-end brand as the "Avant-Garde" branch ahead of the main Renault range and budget Dacia range. Our companies have much in common - from a pioneering pedigree in light-weighting, to championship-winning sportscars which perform as impressively on the road as they do in the motorsports arena.

The Renault Group outlined its new strategic approach this morning, and among other things referenced its F1 team, which will race under the Alpine name starting this season.

The Alpine structure was officially launched on Thursday, with Renault CEO Lucas De Meo hailing the French manufacturer's new automotive plan as a "Renaulution". The number of powertrains Renault will make will also be reduced from eight to four, with one petrol and diesel engine and two electric powertrains; the petrol unit will be adapted for all models and include hybrid options.

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