Alfa Romeo has confirmed the SUV it’s developing to sit below the Tonale is “on the horizon”.
The SUV – Sporty Urban Vehicle, if Alfa Romeo is to be believed – will be the smallest Alfa Romeo since the MiTo hatchback, and is expected to share its underpinnings with the Jeep Avenger. It’ll debut in 2024.
Electric power and petrol power are expected to feature; the Avenger has an electric option and will gain a turbo petrol engine as well.
Measuring 4.08m long, the Avenger features a 400V electrical system and a 54kWh nickel manganese cobalt lithium-ion battery located under the cabin.
Claimed range on the stricter WLTP cycle is 400km, while a newly developed electric motor produces 115kW of power and 260Nm of torque.
Jeep says a 100kW DC charger can take the Avenger’s battery from 20 to 80 per cent in 24 minutes.
Along with the littlest SUV, we’re gearing up for the start of a new era at Alfa Romeo.
Come 2025 we’ll see the reveal of the first standalone electric Alfa Romeo, with new cars to follow in 2026 and 2027.
The brand hasn’t outlined exactly how its range will look when the 2027 deadline for petrol sales rolls around, but we have an idea.
Given the potential volumes on offer, electric replacements for the Tonale and Stelvio are guaranteed. Mr Guzzafame confirmed a sports sedan like the Giulia is a brand pillar, and will also feature in some form.
“You need a Giulia, you need a Stelvio, you need a Tonale,” he said. “Then you need something bigger.”
Rounding out the range of crossovers will be a large SUV to take on the Volvo EX90 and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV in 2027, as confirmed by CEO Jean-Phillipe Imparato to Dutch outlet AutoWeek earlier this year.
Mr Imparato has also expressed interest in reviving the GTV coupe, although global interest in coupes is waning.