In a recent interview with Autocar, Renault's marketing chief Stephen Norman has confirmed that the new Alpine, which is built in a joint venture with Caterham, will be launched before the end of 2015.
He described the sports car as "not soft", but "won't be more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5." However, the Alpine will have the DNA of a French car and will be aimed at buyers who are "either French or Francophile."
Motivation could be provided by a Renault engine that produces around 250 hp, while Caterham's version is expected to feature a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injection engine with 200 hp.
Set to compete with the Porsche Boxster and high-performance versions of the Audi TT, the Renault Alpine will have a starting price of less than £50,000.