It has been rumoured for a while but it now seem’s certain that Alfa Romeo is to build a larger version of it’s successful Stelvio, billed as a direct competitor to the likes of the Audi Q7, the Italian carmakers second modern SUV will ride on the same rear-wheel drive platform as the aforementioned Stelvio. It will come with three rows of seats, and insiders told car magazine AutoExpress it will be the biggest Alfa-badged car ever.
Power is expected to come from a hybrid drivetrain tuned to deliver up to 400 horsepower, according to the publication. Non-hybrid models will be part of the line-up, too, and we could see a range-topping, performance-oriented model with the Quadrifoglio emblem.
“We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. 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,” Roberto Fedeli, Alfa’s chief technical officer, revealed while breaking the company’s omertà-like silence on future products.
The 48-volt system will help offset the SUV’s weight. Early estimates claim the model will be about 440 pounds heavier than the Stelvio, which tips the scale at approximately 4,050 pounds.
Alfa Romeo have also confirmed the Giulietta will be replaced after the new larger SUV is launched, expected to sit on a shortened version of the Giulia chassis, it would see a return to rear wheel drive for the marque’s 5 door hatchback.