The byword here is cost control, with Ratti suggesting that turning a regular model into an RS shouldn’t be the sort of metamorphosis that can be described as a bottomless money pit. “I don’t think we’ll ever make an RS people carrier, but an SUV or any kind of sedan or hatchback? Why not?”
Considering the Kadjar is underpinned by the Renault-Nissan CMF-C/D platform, there should be a possibility to make the compact crossover a lot faster and nicer to drive. The reason is, the CMF-C/D also acts as the backbone of the Megane IV. And the Talisman. And Koleos. In addition to this scenario, there’s also hearsay according to which Alpine is interested in bringing a sporty crossover to market as soon as the year 2019.
From the interview published by Automarket, we also learn that the Megane RS could go mild-hybrid for the next generation of the compact hot hatchback. “All future vehicles will receive some level of electrification,” said Ratti. “This is probably the last Megane RS with a classic powertrain,” he added, explaining that mild hybrid is the most likely way to go.