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2027-bound flagship SUV replaces Stelvio promising engaging dynamics and a 30-minute charge time

Alfa Romeo will in 2027 launch a large electric SUV, pitched against the BMW iX, the Lotus Eletre, the next-generation Porsche Cayenne and a promised new model from Alpine

Occupying the E-segment, it will follow a replacement for the Stelvio SUV in the class below, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato told Autocar. 

It will be “higher” than Alfa’s previous E-segment offering, the 166 saloon of 1998-2007, said Imparato. However, it will be lower than traditional SUVs in the segment, in a bid to boost aerodynamic efficiency and provide engaging dynamics. 

It will be based on the same EV-only STLA Large platform as the next Stelvio and the Giulia saloon’s replacement. This new platform has been designed to suit the kinds of cars offered by Stellantis’s premium brands (Alfa, DS, Lancia and Maserati). 

Its 800V electrical architecture enables ultra rapid charging, so a substantial chunk of the new Alfa SUV’s long range – up to 500 miles – could be replenished in less than 30 minutes by the most powerful public chargers. 

The biggest car to wear Alfa’s famous ‘scudetto’ shield grille will be sold in Europe, but the key markets for it are the US and China, said Imparato. 

“If I stay [just] in Western Europe, I will never [build the car], because the volumes are small and because I don’t know how the segment will evolve,” he explained. Using the STLA Large platform gives Alfa the option to fit up to three motors to its new SUV – a layout that has already been associated with a 1000bhp-plus Quadrifoglio performance version of the forthcoming electric Giulia

The SUV will also come with Tesla-rivalling levels of digital functionality, thanks to Stellantis’s new STLA Brain electronic architecture, which will allow the option of handsfree driving as well as a far more intuitive infotainment interface than that in current Alfa models. 

However, Alfa said that, despite it being able to pick from a full range of software-powered options, its future cars will be focused far more on the handling and driving experience than flashy tech. “The drivability of the car, that’s where I put the energy,” said Imparato. 

Despite the switch to an EV-specific platform removing the constraints of combustion-drivetrain proportions, Alfa feels it’s important to retain the traditional rear-wheel-drive visual focus of its larger cars. 

“I think an Alfa Romeo is a driver’s car. We have to put emphasis in the rear muscles so it really looks rear-wheel drive,” design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos told Autocar.

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Peter Cavellini 14 October 2023

A thousand horsepower, sounds so meaningless these days plus huge amounts of torque instantly the second you push the accelerator, I thing in future these stats will not matter, on public highways there useless, you don't even need a quarter of that to pass quickly and of course cars are getting dearer and there less and less potential buyers because of the global problems we're all suffering one way or another.

Anton motorhead 13 October 2023
Sounds expensive and heavy. AR have focus on driveability. So far all EVs I have driven have been perfectly driveable. Maybe they should focus less on digitalising the car Tesla way. Many of us still like to be able to turn on lights, wipers, aircon etc with tactile buttons and stalks without having to look or operate a touch screen. Good luck in China and the US. I doubt it will sell here in large numbers. Let us wait for the actual design and confirmed prices before the final verdict.