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Alfa Romeo Plans to Have a Larger Electric Model in the US by 2027

Alfa Romeo is preparing two larger electric models, one of which will be an SUV and the other, possibly a sedan.

  • This upcoming model will be larger than the Giulia and Stelvio.

  • The brand has yet to say if it will be an SUV or a sedan.

  • 2027 is the year in which Alfa wants to become an EV-only automaker.

Alfa Romeo is planning to introduce two large electric vehicles by 2027, at least one of which will be sold in North America.

Rumours about the Italian company’s future direction have been circulating for a while and more details have recently been released, although not enough to clear up the situation entirely.

At the Japanese launch of the Tonale compact SUV, the brand’s CEO said that Alfa is working on an “E-Segment” vehicle for North America that should arrive in 2027.

This segment designation used in Europe translates roughly to the upper end of the mid-size segment in America, which means this model will be larger than both the Giulia and the Stelvio, which are D-segment models.

Interestingly, this model could be both an SUV or a sedan, which means that it is likely not the same project as the flagship electric SUV that was also announced for a 2027 introduction.

Indeed, the CEO even said that the company’s focus will be aerodynamics, which usually favours a sedan body style over an SUV.

If it is a sedan, this model could compete with the Mercedes EQE and the upcoming BMW i5.

Alfa Romeo wants to keep the same brand positioning it has always had by making its future EVs performance vehicles that will offer powertrain outputs between 350 and 800 horsepower for regular models and up to 1,000 horsepower for Quadrifoglio versions.

In order to keep up with the competition, these EVs will be equipped with an 800-volt battery architecture that should make it possible to charge from 10 to 80% in 18 minutes at most on a level-3 charger, which is exactly the same time the current 800-volt equipped Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 take.

Adding one or two larger electric models to its offer in the United States and Canada should help Alfa Romeo achieve the goal set by its CEO who wants the company to generate 40% of its sales outside of Europe by 2030, compared with 18% in 2021.

2027 will be an important year for the automaker since in addition to launching these two new models, the brand will abandon its last gasoline engines to become a fully electric brand.

Source: Auto News Europe

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