ALPINE A290. Alpine presented a show car that foreshadows 85% of its future 100% electric city car, the A290, which will be marketed in the second half of 2024.
Six years after the release of the second generation of the iconic A110, pride in of the brand in the 70s, Alpine presented on Tuesday May 9 at Bristol (England) the beta version of its future 100% electric city car expected on the market automotive industry next year. This is the first of three models of the "Dream Garage" Alpine, the name of its new range which will then be supplemented by a Crossover GT and a replacement for the brand. the current A110, neo-retro version of the berlinette. According to the manufacturer, this show car called Alpine A290_β is faithful to its brand. 85% to the final model which will very soon be produced at the factory. Douai, in Hauts-de-France.
The first photos of the Alpine A290
At first glance, there is no doubt, this show car is inspired by the future Renault 5, the star city car of the diamond brand that we should see on the roads of ;at the beginning of 2024. But the A290 béta reveals a more spectacular profile. Its dimensions – quite short (4m05) but wide (1m85) with a short wheelbase and widened tracks – giving it a compact and sporty appearance. As on the A110, the front of the car has no front panel. grille and has a V shape with a windshield which extends like an arrow fitting quite far into the hood. The front is bright with its four rectangular headlights marked with a cross, the signature of the Dieppe brand's rally cars of yesteryear. The large air inlets in the front bumper promote aerodynamics and the refined mirrors reinforce the side of the vehicle. The sporty look of this A290 beta. At the rear, this presentation vehicle offers three vertical lights, the third in the central position is not without recalling that of Formula 1 in which Alpine has been a player since 2021. On the rear bumper, two "turbines" Located at the ends give the illusion of exhaust pipes, but the future Alpine city car will indeed be 100% electric!
What are the differences between the Alpine A290 β and the new A290?
Presented in a 3-door version with Bristol, it will be well offered with 5 doors when it goes on sale in 2024. On the sides, it is difficult not to have the eye drawn to it. on the wheels. The 20-inch aluminum rims, which should be reduced to 19 on the standard version, feature a large square cutout which contrasts with the rounding of the wheel. Their central nut is a new nod to the world of Formula 1. If the exterior of this beta version will probably be very close to the final version, this will certainly be much less the case for its interior. Alpine took great inspiration from the world of Formula 1 for the interior of its show car, notably with this centrally positioned bucket seat which is reminiscent of a car. a single-seater. Two other seats, in a rearward position, nevertheless surround the driver's seat. The rectangular-shaped steering wheel is part of the manufacturer's philosophy of presenting a dynamic and sporty model. This steering wheel has an "overtake" which will offer more power to the engine over a given time. (approximately 10 seconds). A final allusion to Formula 1 (DRS) which should be one of the few elements of the interior to match. be preserved in the production A290.
What engine and what autonomy?
As for the power and autonomy of the future A290, Alpine prefers to keep it secret for the moment. But according to information from largus.fr, the series model would be equipped with of the 218 hp engine of the Mégane E-Tech and a 52 kWh Envision battery.
Price of the future A290
As for the power and battery life, but also the weight of Alpine's future sports city car, another unknown remains: the price of the A290. To find out, you will still need to show a little patience. The release of the new Renault R5 electric back to school, a model of which it will be the sporty variant, should give an idea of its future price.