The first image of Renault's new Alpine sports car concept has been leaked ahead of the car's official unveiling on 16 February.
The image, which was leaked via social media, shows the concept's interior for the first time. The new concept will be a spiritual successor to the famous Alpine A110, and is likely to be badged A120. Previous teasers have been accompanied by a short statement, saying: "We wanted to announce our comeback, but some would say we never left."
We can now see the Alpine concept will receive a digital instrument cluster - something alluded to in previous spy photos - and is likely to come with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, judging by the paddles behind the steering wheel. Other features include a central infotainment screen with a standaout analogue clock, and metallic switchgear.
Insiders have already revealed that the production Alpine will be topped by a hardcore 300bhp version within two years - at which time the company is also expected to launch an SUV to capitalise on the booming demand for upmarket high-riding cars.
The high-performance version of the new sports car will follow around a year after the base model goes on sale.
According to reports in the French press, power for both the standard car and the more extreme version is expected to come from the same 1.8-litre TCe engine, located in a mid-rear position just in front of the rear wheels and linked to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that has been developed for the new Renault Talisman.
The engine is, in fact, said to be based on a modified version of the Clio RS’s 1.6-litre unit, because it is lightweight and allowed the company to save on the development costs of a bespoke unit.