Renault will launch at least one new coupe model off an all-new modular platform that is under development – and the Alpine name could return for the already confirmed Renaultsport version.
Speaking at today’s Frankfurt motor show Renault product manager Beatrice Foucher confirmed a new C/D platform would be used to underpin its next-generation Mégane and Laguna models.
“We need conventional cars as well as well as innovative cars,” said Foucher. “It’s very early stages, but we will have at least one coupe in the line-up [off the new C/D platform]. You can do lots of different cars off the platform. There will be a minimum of one coupe on the platform.”
Foucher confirmed the Laguna is due for replacement in 2013/14 and it is thought a standalone coupe model will replace the current Laguna coupe in order to differentiate it from a nameplate that has fallen out of favour with European buyers. She added that work on the new platform had begun in 2010 and a price had been fixed for all the models to be spun off it “early in the process”.