French newspaper La Tribune reports that the model to kick off the new trim-grade will also be the brand's newest offering: the 2013 Clio light car.
Speaking with the French paper, Renault COO Carlos Tavares is quoted as confirming that the brand is preparing to launch the Initiale Paris line-up, but did not offer any hints on timing.
"We've already got a team of designers and engineers working on launching the Initiale Paris brand," Tavares said. "We're shooting for Volvo, not Mercedes-Benz and BMW."
The ‘Initiale’ moniker has been applied to several top-end Renault models in the past, including a 1995 concept luxury sedan.
It is unclear whether the brand would be treated as a separate brand - such as Nissan's Infiniti line - or as an extension of the Renault brand, similar to Citroen’s DS line.
As for the regular Clio, Australian buyers can look forward to their first taste of the new hatch in mid-2013.
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