Thursday, February 9, 2023
News The US-Developed Alfa Romeo EV will Likely be a Large Sedan

The US-Developed Alfa Romeo EV will Likely be a Large Sedan

Alfa Romeo is working on a larger, more premium model to compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQE and the BMW i5.

  • This model will slot above the Giulia and compete with the Mercedes EQE and BMW i5

  • The company announced it will develop this model in the US with North America as the targeted market

  • According to the brand’s CEO, it won’t be an SUV but could be a lifted sedan

Alfa Romeo recently announced it will be developing a larger model in the United States and in an interview with Auto Express, the brand’s CEO gave away a few more details.

The Italian company is trying to establish its presence as a premium brand and it is also preparing its electrification, which should be completed in 2027.

This is why this upcoming model will be an electric vehicle that will be larger in size and more expensive than Alfa Romeo’s current models.

The company’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, was asked if this model will be a sedan or an SUV since both possibilities were left open at the time of the first announcement.

According to him, SUVs are not the answer in this case since the brand is known for its sporty nature and its sedans. However, he did hint at a possible blend of the two body styles, which could result in a lifted sedan similar to the new Toyota Crown.

Still according to Imparato, this model, which doesn’t have a name yet since it is only planned to arrive in 2027, will compete with the BMW i5 and the Mercedes-Benz EQE in the electric mid-size luxury market.

This model will be built on the upcoming STLA Large platform from Stellantis, which should be used on a production vehicle for the first time towards the end of next year, probably for a 2024 model-year vehicle.

This platform will be capable of housing batteries ranging from 101 kWh to 118 kWh and it targets an electric range of up to 500 miles (805 kilometres) and a charging speed sufficient to add 20 miles (32 kilometres) per minute of charge.

Since Alfa Romeo is a performance brand, a more powerful version of this flagship sedan could also make use of the platform’s ability to receive two motors making close to 880 horsepower in total, which could make for 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration times of only 2 seconds.

Once it launches in various markets around the world, this new sedan will join the next generation of the Giulia, which will also become an EV in the coming years.

Source: Auto Express

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