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News Alfa Romeo To Electrify Future Large SUV

17:07  10 january  2018
17:07  10 january  2018 Source:   autotrader.ca

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Alfa Romeo ’s chief technical officer, Roberto Fedeli, has hinted a bigger SUV to slot above the Stelvio is in the works and it might get mild hybrid tech. He went on to suggest the new SUV will benefit from electrification , but not a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Instead, the model is going to receive a mild

The SUV for the S-Curves Alfa Romeo brings its unique breed of Italian style, performance and With its interior-design primed to expand the driver’s realm of possibilities, Stelvio brilliantly delivers the exhilarating driving experience of a true Italian sports car within a high-performance SUV .

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Alfa Romeo says it's working on a large SUV model that will be the brand's first vehicle to use an electrified powertrain.

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Roberto Fedeli, the Italian brand's chief technical officer, told the UK's Auto Express that the automaker wants to expand into larger vehicle categories, but adopting hybrid technology is the only way to do so while complying with emissions regulations.

The as-yet-unnamed large SUV would slot into the lineup above the compact 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio model.

Fedeli says a mild hybrid drivetrain is likely the direction Alfa will take, as he isn't sure the brand's buyers would be eager to adopt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.

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“We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification," said Fedeli. "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."

Fedeli explained that a performance-biased mild hybrid system (one that uses electricity to assist the gas engine, rather than allow electric-only driving) would allow it to create a powertrain built around a 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 350 to 400 hp. That top figure is notable as Volvo's quick XC90 T8 boasts a similar punch from its own hybridized four-cylinder engine. Alfa's current Stelvio uses a 2.0L turbo that makes 280 hp on its own.

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