And it could be the brand's first foray into electrification.
So far, Alfa Romeo has yet to evolve into a true rival for Audi, BMW, and Mercedes because the company only sells three models. The 4C is a low-volume seller, but the Giulia and Stelvio have done a lot to get people back into the Alfa Romeo brand. Still, we have been wondering what's next for the Alfa brand. FCA has been keeping the future of the Alfa brand pretty close to its chest, but the company has just told Auto Express that three new models are on the way. The first new model will be a large SUV that will sit above the Stelvio in the Alfa lineup.
The development of this large SUV is already under way, and it will sit on the same architecture as the Stelvio. This will be the largest vehicle the brand has ever produced, so it is important for it to retain the Alfa Romeo DNA. In order to meet strict fuel economy regulations, this new SUV will adopt a 48-volt mild hybrid setup with around 400 hp. This large SUV will likely be around 440 pounds heavier than the Stelvio, which should be offset by the e-turbo system. This new e-turbo motor has the potential to be one of the most powerful four-cylinder engines on the market. Alfa Romeo is prioritizing the large SUV because it has the most global appeal.
"I'm quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo. I think next time we can also use it in production" said Alfa's Chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli, adding that "With a 2.0-liter turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400bhp." The large SUV is still around two years away and will come with a seven-seat layout to compete with the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. After the large SUV, Alfa will replace the Giulietta hatch, then decide whether or not to replace the 4C sports car. Much to our dismay, there was no mention of Alfa's 5 Series-rival that we have been dreaming of for years. Image credit: Theophiluschin, Trazione Posteriore