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News Alfa Romeo To Electrify Future Large SUV

17:07  10 january  2018
17:07  10 january  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

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Alfa Romeo says it's working on a large SUV model that will be the brand's first vehicle to use an electrified powertrain. Earth Day: Our Clean Driving Future is in Good Hands.

The new Alfa Romeo model will be a larger model than the Stelvio, and it's believed it will be marketed as a challenger to the likes of Audi's Q7. There seem to be two things that automakers have to build these days to ensure their long-term survival: SUVs and electrified vehicles .

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Alfa Romeo says it's working on a large SUV model that will be the brand's first vehicle to use an electrified powertrain.

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Roberto Fedeli, the Italian brand's chief technical officer, told the UK's Auto Express that the automaker wants to expand into larger vehicle categories, but adopting hybrid technology is the only way to do so while complying with emissions regulations.

The as-yet-unnamed large SUV would slot into the lineup above the compact 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio model.

Fedeli says a mild hybrid drivetrain is likely the direction Alfa will take, as he isn't sure the brand's buyers would be eager to adopt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive

  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Drive Alfa's Fast, Agile, and Reasonably Priced "SUV for the S-Curves"Riding on the same “Giorgio” architecture and 111-in. wheelbase as Alfa’s luxury sport Giulia sedan – which in 505-hp Quadrifoglio form claims the current production four-door Nurburgring lap record – the Stelvio is a bit longer, wider and taller with more cargo capacity and ground clearance for mild off-pavement adventures. Despite its CUV size and practicality, it is blessed with sensuously classic Alfa Romeo styling and named for a famous pass in the Italian Alps and the 48-hairpin two-lane over it called by some the world’s best driving road.

Alfa Romeo plans to build a new large , mild-hybridized SUV with 400 horsepower to compete with the likes of the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. Concept iX3 is the first step toward BMW’s electrified future . Debuting at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the BMW Concept iX3 previews an all-electric version of the

Alfa Romeo 's next SUV will be larger than the Stelvio and introduce electrified powertrains to the brand. 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring Record. 5 SUVs Americans Are Clamoring For. Most Popular Cars By State.

“We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification," said Fedeli. "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."

Fedeli explained that a performance-biased mild hybrid system (one that uses electricity to assist the gas engine, rather than allow electric-only driving) would allow it to create a powertrain built around a 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 350 to 400 hp. That top figure is notable as Volvo's quick XC90 T8 boasts a similar punch from its own hybridized four-cylinder engine. Alfa's current Stelvio uses a 2.0L turbo that makes 280 hp on its own.

Alfa is aiming for a quick turnaround for the upsized crossover model, which it hopes to bring to market in about two years.

FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio .
A tallish and thrilling Italian hotrodAUSTIN, Texas – Blasting to the end of the long backstretch on the 5.5-kilometre track at Circuit of The Americas, flat-out in the new 505-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, I saw, ever so briefly, the number 143 (mph) on the digital speedometer before clamping down on the brake pedal. Hard. This translates to 230 km/h, precisely, in a sleek new Italian sport-utility vehicle, with strong emphasis on sport, for once.

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