Future Models - Renault 2018 Alpine
Renault teases Alpine concept
Alpine cabin: Renault's imminent unveiling next week will be for another Alpine concept, not a production car as many had hoped.
Interior sneak peek heralds Renault Alpine concept reveal on February 16
12 February 2016
RENAULT'S protracted Alpine sportscar saga has entered another chapter, with
the first image of the forthcoming concept's interior revealed in social media.
A full reveal of the concept is just days away but the single image is building
anticipation for the model, which is believed to be rolling out as a production
version in about two years.
While some features will certainly be limited to the concept world such as
infeasible door mirrors and gloss door trims, other Alpine cabin inclusions
appear to be closer to production.
Its French stitched dashboard, suede and perforated leather steering wheel,
all-digital instrument cluster and refined switchgear are all possibilities for
a showroom version.
No engine details have been released or are revealed in the shot but its
transmission appears to be of the automatic variety with steering wheel
paddles, while centre console selector controls are similar to Ferrari's
A central screen is decorated with the colours of the French flag, a clock that
would not be out of place in a Tissot catalogue and a device that could be an
ignition key card.
All will be revealed next week when the complete car is officially unveiled,
but it is understood the Alpine will adopt a more lightweight sportscar
approach along the lines of Alfa Romeo 4C and Lotus Elise, rather than a larger
Renault has been flirting with the idea of an Alpine sportscar since its first
Alpine A110 concept that rolled out in 2012.
Since then, the company has teased Renault fans with a second concept in
January last year with a virtual Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, and then again in
June 2015 with more conventional coupe styling, neither of which have
transitioned into a model you can buy.
The Alpine name exists as a standalone marque wholly owned by Renault and with
the absence of any of the French car-maker’s branding in the concept's cabin,
it is likely it will launch its sportscar under its own brand rather than as a
A production Alpine would be the first model to turn a wheel since 1995 when
the factory produced its final A610. Before that the company built the now
iconic A310 and A110 coupes among other low-volume variants.
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