Alfa Romeo bosses have confirmed a brand new giant SUV will spearhead a trio of recent fashions from the Italian model and will probably be the primary to usher-in electrified powertrains, Auto Categorical can reveal.
Primarily based on the identical structure because the Stelvio SUV, growth of the brand new flagship SUV mannequin is already beneath approach. It is going to be the biggest automobile Alfa Romeo has ever produced and to ensure that the SUV to retain Alfa’s DNA whereas assembly stringent emissions ranges it would make use of a performance-focused delicate hybrid setup, which may develop as much as 400bhp.
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Chatting with Auto Categorical, Alfa’s Chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli, mentioned: “The Stelvio for positive is an instance of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a automotive which is a bit of large larger?
“We now have to marry the brand new automotive with the suitable degree of electrification. Plug-in hybrid may very well be an issue for the Alfa DNA perspective, however as an example a 48-volt delicate hybrid answer is one thing that we will do with out dropping something,” Fedeli added.
Alfa is prioritizing a bigger SUV due to its international enchantment and bigger revenue margins. Fedeli mentioned that the flagship mannequin, previewed by our unique photographs, would acquire round 200kg over the Stelvio due to the longer wheelbase and larger physique, however the weight penalty may very well be offset with an e-turbo system due to the usage of a light hybrid powertrain.
“I’m fairly joyful in regards to the end result we now have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo – I believe subsequent time we will additionally use it in manufacturing,” Fedeli instructed us. “With a 2.Zero-litre turbo engine you possibly can obtain round 350 to 400bhp. We’re driving on a simulator a automotive like that, we’re engaged on it, and the end result will not be so dangerous,” he added.
The massive SUV continues to be round two years away from hitting the market and is more likely to be provided with a seven-seat structure as a way to make it extra aggressive towards fashions Alfa is benchmarking such because the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.
A substitute for the Giulietta hatchback will comply with the brand new Audi Q7 rival, whereas Alfa bosses are additionally weighing up whether or not to utterly reinvent the Alfa 4C for its subsequent era with a brand new chassis structure and engine.
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