PARIS -- Alpine unveiled the A290 Beta small "hot hatch" concept ahead of its 2024 launch as a production model, as the Renault Group brand builds out a full lineup and plans for international expansion.
The A290 Beta is a small full-electric hatchback based on the coming Renault 5, but with a specially tuned chassis, more power and a heavily modified body, as well as a race-themed interior.
The production version will be launched in the second half of 2024, Alpine officials said. Like the Renault 5 and a future Nissan Micra, it will be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B EV platform; it will be built in Douai, northern France.
The A290 Beta is 4050 mm long, 1850 mm wide and and 1480 mm high, the same length as a Renault Clio but 50 mm wider and 40 mm higher. Renault has not released dimensions for the Renault 5.
The hot hatch market is enjoying a revival from full electrification, as automakers are finding it more and more difficult to homologate high-output small gasoline engines.