Alfa Romeo B-Segment Crossover unveiled, will join its sister Fiat 600 and Jeep Avenger
There was a glimmer of hope for Alfa Romeo when the Turin automaker unveiled the Giulia 952 series in 2015 for the 2016 model year. Alfa Romeo fans and car journalists became very excited in 2016, hoping that the rear-biased Stelvio crossover would help the Italian brand… Getting closer to its German competitors, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.
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By 2023 and even 2024, it is very clear that Alfa Romeo is not close to the Germans in terms of sales volume. Instead of blaming Giulia and Stelvio for these horrific results, one should point the finger at poor management and even poor product planning. How are the poor? Well, what about the lack of a touchscreen infotainment system even though there is a touchscreen infotainment system in the Tonale?
Speaking of which, Kahuna senior Jean-Philippe Imparato demanded better performance from the Tonale’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, delaying the launch of the small crossover. Joined at the hip by the Dodge Hornet, the Tonale will gain a younger sibling in the form of a B-segment crossover. The newcomer is scheduled to debut in 2024, and was previously thought to carry the Brennero nameplate.
However, it will not be called that. None other than Alfa Romeo issued a call to action in June 2023, with the Stellantis-owned automaker urging the Alvesti to come up with a moniker for the small crossover. Referred to internally as the Kid, but also known under the codename 966, the as-yet-unnamed model has been described by its maker as an urban sports car rather than an SUV.
The urban segment might lead some people to think all-wheel drive isn’t on the menu. However, leaked images of the car’s digital instrument cluster reveal a dual-motor configuration. A front-mounted electric motor should be on the list as well, along with a 1.2-liter turbo engine connected to the manual. The Groupe PSA-sourced engine is also expected to be equipped with mild-hybrid assist and a dual-clutch transmission with six forward ratios, a combination first seen in the Jeep Avenger e-Hybrid.
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Now that I mentioned the leaked images of the instrument cluster, guess what? The exterior design of the crossover is also well-known. The folks at Halo oto have photographed the Stelvio’s younger sibling based on the aforementioned images, and the end result looks very close to the real thing.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but one thing is clear: the vehicle’s proportions are similar to those of the Jeep Avenger and the technically similar Fiat 600, which are based on the vehicle’s CMP (also known as eCMP for electric applications) architecture. With Alfa Romeo intending to go electric by 2027, the small urban sports car will likely come exclusively with an electric motor.
Looking at the bigger picture, a three-cylinder turbo engine wouldn’t fit well in the Alveste. The 1.2-liter engine in the Avenger isn’t suitable for Jeep either, although it should be emphasized that Jeep is moving toward electric vehicles as well. Think Recon and Wagoneer S, scheduled for release in 2024 for the 2025 model year.
Given the presence of the Avenger EV and 600e, it’s easy to imagine the all-new crossover getting 54-kilowatt hours Battery pack for WLTPEstimated driving range is up to 400 km (249 miles) on the combined test cycle. Both the Jeep and Fiat feature a front-mounted electric motor with 156 hp and 260 Nm on deck, which means 154 hp and 192 lb-ft.
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