Alpine, Renault Group’s performance sub-brand, has confirmed that its first electric crossover – the aptly-named GT X-Over – is due to arrive in 2025 and will be built out of its newly refurbished Dieppe plant in Normandy, France.
The GT X-Over is the second of three new electric models due from the French marque by 2026. The first, “a compact car” that’s expected to be the hot hatch version of Renault’s new electric R5, will arrive in 2024. The third, an electric successor to the A110 is planned for 2026, and will be built on the ‘E-Sports’ platform co-developed with Lotus. The British marque recently teased its own electric sports car, which is also due to arrive in 2026.
Developed by combining “the [Renault] group’s experience in electric vehicles” with “all the excellence in sports vehicles that defines the Alpine brand”, the GT X-Over will be built atop the same CMF-EV platform developed, and recently championed, by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The chassis will form the base of both the new Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric and Nissan Ariya.
A teaser image boasting a Porsche Panamera-esque silhouette was released alongside the announcement, though any dynamic properties of the GT X-Over have yet to be unveiled. Speculation suggests the Alpine could receive up to 290 kW of power with an all-electric range in the 400 km vicinity.
Alpine has also confirmed that the GT X-Over will be built out of its “historic” Dieppe facility in Normandy, which has been renamed the ‘Manufacture Alpine Dieppe Jean Rédélé’ in honour of the brand’s founder. After Alpine – so-named for Rédélé’s rally achievements in the French Alps in the early 1950s – and Renault joined forces in 1965, the Dieppe facility was opened in 1969, and is currently the manufacturing hub of the marque’s A110 flagship sports car.
“Alpine’s history is legendary!” brand CEO Laurent Rossi explains in an official statement. “Its unique heritage can be seen in car racing with the equally legendary A110, and the future holds strong ambitions for the brand and its products. The announcement of the upcoming GT X-Over being made at the Manufacture Alpine Dieppe Jean Rédélé is proof that the future is being written in a location of historical importance for Renault.”
“Over the past 12 months, Alpine has succeeded in setting a new dynamic in motion and upholding its commitments,” Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo continues. “It can be seen today in Dieppe where the future Alpine GT X-Over will be made, thus giving a clear vision of the future and solid prospects for the historic, industrial site. Alpine’s ambition must remain high, where only the most passionate strive to be, those driven by the quest to attain perfection. This level of excellence must be like oxygen for Alpine.”
Alpine has confirmed that Dieppe “will require investments” to adapt the site for EV production and for “new facilities”, though no details in terms of funding or timeframe have been outlined.