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Alfa boss gives details of Giulia saloon's replacement, due as firm’s second EV in the coming years

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be reborn as an EV with up to 1000bhp and a range of 435 miles, the Italian firm’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has confirmed.

Set to evolve from its conventional saloon shape to cover multiple segments, the new Giulia is expected to arrive around the middle of the decade, no longer offering ICE power as Alfa Romeo pushes to offer a solely EV range by 2027.

Power will start at near 345bhp, with the more powerful Veloce offering around 790bhp. A hardcore Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolio variant is also confirmed, offering “around 1000hp” (986bhp) – almost double the 503bhp offered by today’s twin-turbocharged petrol V6 car. 

This most powerful variant will likely be a four-wheel-drive proposition, rather than rear-driven like the current car. It could get a set-up similar to fellow Stellantis brand Maserati’s upcoming Granturismo Folgore, which uses three electric motors – one on the front axle and two at the rear – with torque-vectoring functionality. 

As well as confirming his power ambitions for the Giulia replacement, Imparato suggested that the EV’s range will be up to 435 miles on the WLTP cycle, so owners see it as a “substitute” to their current cars, not a downgrade nor forced switch.

That figure would match the electric successor to sibling brand Peugeot’s 3008 SUV, which will use a variation of the same STLA platform. 

Imparato was keen to emphasise the importance of a rapid electrification programme for Alfa. “We switch because we must,” he said. “If not, Alfa Romeo would be dead.”

He added: “We will switch in a real concrete substitution mode. I don’t want you [customers/owners] to suffer from anything [because of] the switch; I want you to love it.”

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Design-wise, the Giulia will look like “the Alfa Romeo we all want”, promised the CEO, who described the current design proposals as “very cool”. 

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He previously told Autocar the successor to today’s Giulia would get a less conventional shape, possibly straddling the saloon-estate boundary with a view to attracting more buyers.

Imparato also confirmed the Giulia will be equipped with an 800V electrical architecture, as with other upcoming EVs on the STLA platform, meaning a "substantial" battery top-up (likely 10-80%) could be completed “within 18 minutes”. “We don’t want you to spend hours charging your car,” he said.

There has been no indication yet of what size battery the new Alfa could use, but Peugeot’s recent Inception coupé concept housed a 100kWh pack in its chassis for a theoretical range of 500 miles, meaning the Giulia theoretically could too. 

Imparato also updated Autocar on Alfa's future plan, revealing that a B-segment SUV (tipped to be called the Brennero) will be launched next year as its first EV  – although it will still offer ICE power in the form of a mild-hybrid petrol engine. It's not yet confirmed whether this petrol option will be limited to overseas markets, as is the case with the technically related Jeep Avenger. 

Alfa's first electric-only car will arrive a year later, as either a saloon or an SUV (Imparato wouldn’t disclose which), followed by a second EV that will occupy the same segment but with a different bodystyle.

It's likely that an electric successor to the Stelvio SUV will arrive in 2026 as a sister car to the electric Giulia. 

Finally, a larger electric saloon in the vein of the Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S will arrive in 2027 as a crucial step towards bolstering the brand’s popularity in the US and China.

Funding for all of these cars has already been allocated by Stellantis management, Imparato said.

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289 25 February 2023

If we really all have to drive around in these whining 'milf-floats' - to 'save the planet', why create vehicles with 1000 is this 'saving the planet when using all this electricity....not to mention the extra weight of these huge batteries?

Anything more than 200 bhp is plenty to sit in modern day nose to tail traffic jams.


Anton motorhead 25 February 2023
Absolutely agree, but the bhp race will - sadly - probably go on in the foreseeable future. Especially as it seems to be a lot easier and cheaper with EVs to make huge jumps in output than with ICE cars. I just wish, the manufacturers would add more lightness and faster charging.
Peter Cavellini 26 February 2023
Anton motorhead wrote:

Absolutely agree, but the bhp race will - sadly - probably go on in the foreseeable future. Especially as it seems to be a lot easier and cheaper with EVs to make huge jumps in output than with ICE cars. I just wish, the manufacturers would add more lightness and faster charging.

ok, in ten years or sooner, will there be 3000 hp cars?, 0-60mph in under a second?, can we beat the Laws of Physics?

Just Saying 26 February 2023
On Twitter, Elon Musk explained that Tesla car batteries should last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles or 1,500 battery charge cycles. That's between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver, who, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT), drives 13,476 miles per year.

Producers are supplying what customers want. Legislation is always playing catch up so, for now, enormous BHP for electric vehicles will continue...

catnip 25 February 2023

Lets hope Alfa keep a sharp eye on  the weight of these potential new models.

Just Saying 25 February 2023
Stunning shape, and no doubt the performance to match.
Some comments have alluded to not being able to afford the anticipated high price and there being too much power, so what.
Alfa have pitched this car against the Taycan and the Model S. It's going to be 100k. Deal with it, or buy a more affordable car, don't blete on about it your comments including others in your winging.
Anton motorhead 25 February 2023
It's not the new Guilia that will be pitched against the Taycan and Tesla S, but larger model supposed to emerge in '27. As to the price of the EV Gulia there is some hope, as Stellantis clearly mentions on their website, that they acknowledge affordability is of prime importance to their customers. If they can live up to that, they may sign me up for the sub-345bhp version of the EV Giulia.