Renault Sport (RSC) makes no bones about its interest in developing a crossover SUV derivative that offers signature value for money and expands its already existing portfolio beyond the Clio and Megane.
The French company’s sporty division – while fiercely proud of its track-honed performance offerings – simply faces the challenge of making one that doesn’t water-down its brand, says RSC’s Managing Director, Patrice Ratti.
Therefore, it would seem that a Captur, Koleos or Kadjar GT or RS model is only a matter of time away from being developed. Fingers crossed.
“There’s a market for it,” says Ratti. “Now the market is very upscale, you see Porsche, Lamborghini and Maserati there, so if we’re able to find a way to do it at Renault Sport prices, there’s probably a market for that.”
“But it’s not an easy thing to do. If we do it we need to have good handling and enough power.” Basically they have to do it right and not just for the sake of it.
“Look at what happened with Porsche: most of their sales are now Cayenne and Macan, and it didn’t damage their brand because they made a good product.”
Ratti spoke at the world reveal of the new Megane RS earlier this year. In detailing the philosophy of that car, we can deduce that an Crossover SUV is definitely on the cards.
“In our history of Megane we have never been the most powerful of the segment, but have often been fastest on a circuit. Our objective is not to have the most powerful car.”
Renault Sport Cars is 18 months into a major business plan, which demands a doubling of global sales between 2014 and 2018. RSC runs development and commercialisation of all RS, GT and GT-Line Renault road cars.
Part of this will come from developing mass market cars, such as the Sandero RS for Latin America, but the company has also said that it is working on “several projects” to expand its portfolio in Europe and beyond.
The Renault Sport subsidiary; which was dedicated to racing, was established in 1976, and included the Alpine and Giordini marques. Last year it sold 45,000 RS, GT and GT-Line models globally and will do fifty thousand by the close of this month, based on projections.
We eagerly wait to see what the designers, engineers and research & development (R&D) teams at Renault Sport can come up with.
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