Renault’s Initiale Paris model range is currently only two cars – the Clio and the Espace. However a new report from Auto Express says that Payen Gerard, Deputy Vice-President D-segment vehicles, has said that the company plans to roll out Initiale Paris models across the range one after the other.
The top-spec models will help the French automaker create a Ford Vignale sort-of upscale sub-brand. The cars being offered with RS models are likely to remain more expensive than the Initiale Paris models though. For instance, in France, the Clio Initiale Paris models are priced from €21,700 to €25,400, whereas the RS model is priced even higher than the Initiale Paris models – €25,850.
The Initiale Paris models will compete with its segment rivals from PSA Peugeot Citroen that will be offered under the newly formed premium DS brand, and also the Ford Vignale premium sub-brand models. Ford is also likely to extend the Vignale range of premium models to more cars sooner or later. The report concludes saying that the the company is going to expand its Douai production facility in France and that the 2015 Espace’s new CMF platform will form basis for the all-new Laguna and Fluence, as well as 12 more upcoming C- and D-segment cars from Renault and Nissan by 2020.