Alfa wants to compete with the BMW iX in the luxury SUV segment

Alfa wants to compete with the BMW iX in the luxury SUV segment

Stellantis is preparing to expand its premium SUV range by introducing a driver-focused electric model aimed at rivaling the Porsche Cayenne EV and BMW iX.

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Italian carmaker CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has revealed their plans to take on the BMW iX with their own all-electric SUV based on the large STLA platform, set to hit the roads by 2027 as part of a multi-year roadmap. In addition, Alfa Romeo’s electrification plans also include a compact SUV, possibly based on the Jeep Avenger, as seen in leaked images. It is worth noting that Imparato stated that production of this car may not happen in Western Europe due to small quantities and doubts about the development of the sector.

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In terms of proposed luxury SUVs, it has the iX and Porsche Cayenne EV in its sights, but this new Italian car will prioritize on-road performance. To maximize aerodynamic efficiency and range, the vehicle is expected to be lower than the average SUV. This upcoming SUV is set to become the flagship of Alfa Romeo’s lineup, dwarfing the next-generation all-electric Stelvio in size, according to Autocar. The primary focus will be on making a significant impact in the North American and China markets.

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Despite its larger SUV dimensions, the platform offers impressive performance capabilities. With the large STLA chassis, it may house up to three electric motors, potentially offering power numbers in the four-digit range. Imparato stressed that, in line with all Alfa Romeo cars, the focus will be on providing an exceptional driving experience. On the practical side, the platform’s 800V architecture promises fast charging capabilities. Charging times are expected to range from 10 to 80% in just 30 minutes and an approximate range of up to 800 km.

Furthermore, the upcoming Alfa Romeo SUV is expected to feature Stellantis’ cutting-edge technology suite, STLA Brain, which will likely feature hands-free driving capabilities, an advanced infotainment system, and a digital experience similar to Tesla.

The large SUV is just one piece of Alfa Romeo’s ambitious electric lineup. The Italian brand plans to offer several electric models, including a small crossover and perhaps an alternative to the compact hatchback Giulietta.

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