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Bigger Alfa SUV coming

by David Zatz on

If you thought the Stelvio was perhaps a little too small, there’s a bigger option coming, according to Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer — as quoted in Auto Express. 

In addition to the bigger size and a possible seven-seat option, the un-named new Alfa Romeo, to be built on the same platform and architecture, will likely have a 48-volt electrical system with either a full-blown plug-in hybrid system (an evolution of the Pacifica’s system) or a mild-hybrid system (likely an evolution of the Wrangler’s system).

Roberto Fedeli, Alfa Romeo chief technical officer, suggested that the plug-in might be going too far for Alfa, and that the mild-hybrid was more likely, perhaps using Alfa’s version of the GME turbo four-cylinder.  The magazine quoted him as saying, “With a 2.0-litre turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400bhp (261 to 298kW).” The car would be around 200 kg heavier than the Stelvio.

Timing is relatively fast, with the car expected to arrive in 2019, before the Giulietta replacement.

The original story in AutoExpress was posted in December; thanks to Stephen Claydon for the tip. 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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