Alfa Romeo is going to offer hybrid power in future products.
Robert Fedeli, chief technical officer for the Italian firm and the man credited with leading the development of the new Giulia and Stelvio, has told UK publication Auto Express about further details for the long-awaited larger SUV that is part of the brand’s rebirth. It would compete against the likes of the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE using a stretched version of the Giulia/Stelvio underpinnings.
“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger?,” Fedeli is quoted as saying.
While plans for a large SUV are nothing new for Alfa Romeo, which is also planning a smaller Audi Q2/BMW X1 rival, Fedeli revealed it would debut the company’s hybrid powertrain.
“We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification,” he said. “Plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything.”
The new larger SUV is likely two years away as the brand tries to build up its new range to do battle with the German luxury establishment. Previously released production plans indicated a new “midsize coupe” will arrive in 2018, most likely a two-door version of the Giulia. Beyond that a new large sedan is set for 2021, along with mid-life updates for the 4C sports car and Stelvio.
Also under consideration is a new small car to replace the Giulietta, but using the rear-wheel drive underpinnings of the Giulia.