Alfa Romeo will have more crossoversMay 14, 2018
In addition to the new SUV, which is vitally important for Alfa Romeo’s ambitious plans for the American market, the FCA boss shared information about the Giulia coupe with journalists from the British edition of Autocar. The power range of the two-door modification of Giulia will include powerful hybrid installations and traditional ICEs, borrowed from the sedan of the same name.
The future large crossover brand will receive a soft hybrid installation and an electric turbocharger, powered by a 48-volt on-board electrical system. Due to this, the manufacturer plans to level a 200-kilogram weight gain compared to Stelvio, on whose platform the new model will be built. The model, for which an optional third row of seats will be available, will go on sale in late 2019.
Coupe Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available in two versions – two- and four-door, similar to the Audi A5 and A5 Sportback. Two body formats will expand the reach of the audience of buyers. The launch of the model is planned for 2019.
The model will receive an energy recovery system based on technology developed by Ferrari and Magneti Marelli for LaFerrari. By the way, the developers say that it is more effective than the system that is used on racing cars Formula 1. In addition, the development of two engines – one based on a two-liter 276-hp turbo engine from Giulia Veloce, and the other based on the six-cylinder engine with capacity of 2.9 liters from the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The power of the two-liter engine will be, presumably, 345 hp, while the second will exceed the output of 640 hp, which will make the model the most powerful Alfa Romeo to date and only 20 hp weaker than the Ferrari 488.
Let’s note, Alfa Romeo Giulia went on sale in 2016 – by the end of the year 10 475 cars were sold, and in 2017 the sales volume was already 24 679 units. Sales of Stelvio began last year and total sold 17,159 units. The total sales volume of the brand in Europe, where the product line includes a 4C spider, Giulietta and Mito hatchbacks, for 2017 was 86 805 cars.
By the way, earlier it became known that Alfa Romeo plans to replace the three-door hatchback Mito, whose sales decreased from 62,122 units in 2009 to 11,367 units in 2017, a compact crossover.