Renault’s Alpine brand is developing two EV crossovers for the US market


  • Alpine, revived by Renault in 2017, is aiming to launch a pair of electric crossovers in the United States in 2027 or 2028 Alpine alpenglow concept from the 2022 Paris Motor Show.)
  • CEO Laurent Rossi compared the crossovers to the Porsche Macan and Cayenne coupe, saying they will be a key part of Alpine’s goals of reaching 150,000 sales by 2030.
  • Alpine is also launching three cars for Europe in the coming years, including an electric version of the A110 sports car and a performance variant of the upcoming electric Renault 5 Hatch.

Founded in 1955, Alpine rose to prominence in the 1970s after being acquired by Renault, taking rally wins with its A110 sports car and triumphing at Le Mans in 1978. Renault revived the brand, now part of Groupe Renault, in 2017 with a new lightweight A110. The nimble sports car has remained a forbidden fruit in the United States, but now it seems Alpine could be coming to the US within the decade. According to a report today by Automotive NewsCEO Laurent Rossi announced in a recent call that two new models are being developed with the American market in mind.

Unfortunately, the future US-tied Alpines don’t include a low-flying sports car. Instead they will be a mid-size electric crossover and a larger EV SUV planned for 2027 or 2028. Rossi stated that “the US is the main destination for these cars” and compared the crossovers to that Porsche Macan and Cayenne coupe in relation to how they position themselves in the market.

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Rossi said he sees the US as crucial to increasing Alpine’s volume. At the moment Alpine is only selling the A110 with 3,546 total sales in 2022. The goal is to surpass 150,000 annual sales by 2030 and Rossi said entering the US market “will create most of the additional volume”. He said Alpine is still debating which platforms the EV crossovers will ride on; Together with Renault’s partner Nissan, the company is considering using platforms from Geely’s premium brands, including Volvo, Polestar and Zeekr.

Before these Alpines hit the US shores, the French automaker will unveil three exciting electric vehicles for the European market. First it will be a performance version of the upcoming Renault 5 electric hatchback. This will be followed by a sporty compact crossover, currently dubbed the GT, which will bring torque vectoring, more powerful engines and unique battery chemistry to set it apart from mainstream Renaults. Finally, by 2027, there will be an electric successor to the A110, developed in collaboration with Lotus.

It will be a few more years before Alpine’s American expansion begins and promises a return to the US from other French automakers are still pending. But if Alpine sticks to its 2027 schedule, it will be the first time Renault has had a presence in the United States since the early 1990s. And while the dynamic A110 never reaches our shores, we’re still excited to see what Alpine can deliver at the end of the 2020s.

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