Tuesday, 17 September, 2019


Alfa Romeo planning larger, more powerful Stelvio-based SUV

Alfa Romeo Large SUV Will Be Brand's Biggest Car Ever Alfa Romeo planning larger, more powerful Stelvio-based SUV
Kristine Garrett | 29 December, 2017, 16:31

Alfa is said to be benchmarking the larger SUV against the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

The SUV positioned above the Stelvio will be a mid-size offering to rival the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, and it will be launched some time before the end of 2020, if Alfa Romeo keeps to its most recent schedule. The new SUV will be built on the Giorgio platform that underpins both the Stelvio and Giulia, but this one will be stretched to accommodate seating for seven. You'll have to use your imagination for now. Alfa's CTO Roberto Fedeli says that the hybrid system will be a mild 48-volt hybrid solution.

Speaking to Auto Express, Alfa's Chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli, said: "The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don't we translate that in a vehicle which is a little big bigger?" To offset this and maintain Alfa Romeo's sporty dynamics, Fedeli said the mid-size SUV could come with as much as 400 horsepower from a turbocharged engine with electric compressor.

On the other hand, it's expected that around 200kg would need to be added to the Stelvio's mass in a larger guise, serving up extra difficulties on the handling front.

The why as to the development of a larger SUV is easy to understand. Markets like the USA are demanding larger SUVs and Alfa wants to capitalize on that demand.

A replacement for the ageing Giulietta will follow the large SUV. The media report also mentions that the Giulia replacement will follow this X5 rival and the company is also looking at options for the next iteration of the 4C sports auto, including new underpinnings and an engine. The current auto has failed to meet company targets.

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