Meet The Alpha Saga: A Midsize EV With Old-School Styling

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It's not cheap, but it looks like nothing else out there.

Alpha Motor Corporation is a niche manufacturer that few people will mention when speaking of electric cars, but the company has been working very hard since we first of it in December last year. The company first revealed the Ace coupe and then showed us a lifted crossover version of the same vehicle called the Jax. A month later, we were shown the Wolf, which debuted as the most affordable electric pickup in the country. Most of the automaker's efforts have been focused on this truck, but now Alpha is revisiting the Ace's design with this, its midsize sedan. Meet the Alpha Saga.

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Alpha Motor Corporation
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Alpha Motor Corporation

Unveiled at the 2021 LA Auto Show, the new EV is again named as an acronym, which in this case stands for Sleek & Adaptative Geometric Architecture. What this means is that the Saga is built "to optimize customization." However, Alpha is quick to point out that its platform is nothing like a typical skateboard chassis and is instead "an open vehicle architecture for holistic integration of components and technology." Nevertheless, the goal is the same in that it is built "to make electric vehicles more accessible."

Two layouts are offered, with the first being a single-motor rear-wheel-drive setup and the second being a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version with an estimated 0-60 mph time of six seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.

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An 85-kWh lithium-ion battery is planned and is expected to provide around 300 miles of range, while DC power can get a depleted battery to 80% in one hour. It achieves its range partly thanks to a body with an estimated 0.32 drag coefficient while a combination of a trunk and a frunk offer a total of 20 cubic feet.

Inside, a digital speedometer and center display are joined by haptic climate and audio controls, a digital sound system, and lavishly bolstered seats. Finished in SD Gray, the car's metallic paint is inspired by the marine layer clouds of San Diego.

Pricing starts at between $40,000 and $50,000 before any tax credits or incentives, but you may wish to wait for the hatchback variant and a performance edition that Alpha says is coming soon, with influence from wheel producers Rotiform. Alpha hasn't said when deliveries will begin or when we can get our hands on a production-spec model. Alternatively, you can have a BMW i4 immediately for a few grand more.

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