If the company merges with FCA, anything is possible.
What initially began as a rumor has now become breaking news - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance are in advanced talks about a potential merger. If it goes ahead, it would create the third largest auto group behind Volkswagen Group and Toyota. The deal has yet to be finalized but our minds are already thinking of possible vehicles from Renault that could make their way to US shores as part of this merger.
We've chosen seven vehicles four Renault-owned brands that we'd like to see offered in the US. The likelihood of any of these coming to the US is low but at least we can dream.
The Alpine A110 is the car we'd most like to see come to the US. The French mid-engined sports car is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing around 250 horsepower. While this isn't much considering that US streets are filled with 700 hp Hellcats, the A110 only weighs 2,380 pounds. In every review we've seen of the A110, it is described as an improved competitor to the Alfa Romeo 4C, which seems like an accurate description, and an absolute joy to drive.
Of all the vehicles on this list, the Renault Samsung SM6 is likely the most unknown. Renault Samsung Motors, or RSM, is a South Korean car company that used to be known as Samsung Motors. The SM6 is a large, four-door sedan based on the Renault Talisman. We think the Talisman is a nice looking sedan and the wagon variant is even prettier. Engines range up to a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 224 hp.
Anyone who has ever watched Top Gear likely knows about Dacia, a Romanian car company owned by Renault. The Duster is a compact crossover, which was also badged as the Nissan Terrano in other markets. Dacia has a reputation for building very affordable cars and since cars have become so expensive recently, we wouldn't object to seeing a budget automaker introduced to the US market.
Jeep may be set up well with SUVs, but the Dodge portfolio features aging models like the Journey. If one of Renault's newer SUVs were to make it to the US, we wouldn't mind seeing the Koleos arrive (possibly with a Dodge or Jeep badge). The Koleos is an attractive midsize SUV with a nice interior but it would likely need more than a 173-hp diesel engine to sell in the US.
On the list of things more likely to happen than the Renault Twingo coming to the US, we'd probably include the Hellcat moving to an electric drivetrain. We actually got a small taste of the Twingo in the US, in the form of the now-canceled Smart FourTwo. The Twingo is a rear-engined city car producing 90 hp in its most potent of trims. We think it looks cool and would be fun to hammer at full throttle without any consequence of breaking the speed limit.
Since Ford will not bring the next generation Fiesta ST to the US, we need another automaker to step up with a fun, subcompact hatchback. The Renault Clio RS seems like an ideal candidate, perhaps being rebadged as a revived Dodge Neon. In its most recent form, the Clio RS is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing around 200 hp, making it a perfect Fiesta ST replacement.
For a few glorious years, we were able to buy the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS in the US. We can still buy the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R but we would never say no to another hot hatch. The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R recently toppled the Type R as the fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the Nurburgring. We'd love to see the 300 hp French hatchback come to the US, possibly under the Dodge or Fiat umbrella.