Alpine has given a sneak preview of its upcoming electric hot hatch with the A290 Beta.
Showcasing ‘a lot’ of what the future production model will look like when it arrives next year, the A290 incorporates a three-seat configuration with a single chair for the driver and two behind. Alpine has already stated that although this feature is a centrepiece of the concept, it won’t feature on the production version.
The concept also features an innovative setup which sees two motors placed at each front wheel, with the power managed by active torque vectoring. The real-life version will adopt a more conventional single motor at the front.
The exterior is square and boxy, with chunky wheel arches combined with a rear spoiler to create a sporty look. Two sets of ‘X’ shaped headlights tie in with previous Alpine models and it’s stated that these will make it into production.
Laurent Rossi, CEO, Alpine, said: “The A290_β is the first stage in Alpine’s new era, the first step towards the all-electric Dream Garage in 2024. This urban show car has rewritten the playbook for electric hot hatches.
“The A290_β is tapping into its rich legacy and ushering Alpine into the future, with an everyday experience of the motor sports spirit that has inspired the brand since its inception.”
Inside, that three-seater layout dominates the cabin while the seats themselves are crafted entirely from carbon fibre and feature Sabelt racing harnesses.