Alpine targets sales and sportiness for GT X-Over SUV

Alpine targets sales and sportiness for GT X-Over SUV

Aerodynamic efficiency will play a key role in shaping the new SUV, with a view to optimising straight-line pace while improving both downforce in corners and efficiency. An official teaser of the car reveals a dramatic, coupé-style curved roofline, swollen rear haunches and a low, sloping bonnet. Tausi Insider has previously reported that engineers at Alpine’s Formula 1 headquarters in Oxfordshire have worked with the Paris-based road car team to improve airflow (with a claimed 25km range boost as a result), and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said there is also scope for technology transfer on the battery management side. 

Alpine targets sales and sportiness for GT X-Over SUV Tausi Insider Team

Alpine’s simultaneous focus on race and road car development was showcased recently by the radical Alpenglow single-seater concept. While ostensibly showcasing the French outfit’s plan to bring hydrogen-combustion technology to the fore, the car also previewed several features and cues that will be common to upcoming production cars. Active aerodynamics, for example, could help mitigate the GT X-Over’s kerb weight (likely to exceed 2500kg), and it will nod to the brand’s motorsport activities with a similarly LMP1-inspired steering wheel and a driver-focused cockpit. 

More precise details about the GT X-Over’s performance potential and technical make-up will remain under wraps until an expected reveal in 2024, but Renault has confirmed it will add a new 268bhp EV motor to its ranks in the coming years. That, if combined with the smaller 215bhp unit in a twin-motor, 4WD set-up, could see the SUV arrive with nearly 500bhp. If it uses the same 87kWh battery as the CMFEV-based Ariya and drops some of its weight, an official range in excess of 320 miles is well within reach.

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