Alfa Romeo is currently working on the Tonale SUV to slot in below the Stelvio, which is expected to use a Jeep-sourced plug-in hybrid powertrain. Also in the works is an even smaller crossover SUV, one that could ride on the eCMP platform underpinning the electric version of Peugeot’s 2008 and the smaller DS3 Crossback E-Tense.
According to Autocar UK, the platform was made available to Alfa via the FCA/PSA merger. It’s expected that the Italian crossover will be a bit sportier than its French counterparts, offering more power than the single-motor 101kW/260Nm e-2008. Alfa’s crossover will also have more range thanks to a bigger battery.
Quoting an Alfa Romeo spokesperson: “For electric, we will stay consistent to Alfa Romeo’s sportiness and use electric motors for a performance approach. We’re looking to achieve an Alfa Romeo customer’s expectations but also [those of] customers looking for comfort.”
They added the new EV will pump out artificial sound through the speakers but there won’t be “fake things inside Alfas.” Sounds a bit contradictory…
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As for styling, Autocar UK says the crossover will be penned differently to the Tonale and Stelvio.
“A family feel will be respected – we have style themes across the range – but we don’t want to do a copy and paste across the line-up, because every segment has its own personality, and customers are different in terms of age and expectations,” said the Alfa spokesperson.
More details are yet to be revealed, including a release date and whether Alfa will offer its smallest SUV with conventional engines as well as fully electric options.
It would make sense, given the Peugeot 2008 comes with a 115kW 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol donk and a 97kW 1.5-litre diesel. Though, as with the EV variants, we’d expect Alfa’s iteration to come with a bit more pep than the French vehicle.
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