Italian automaker Alfa Romeo plans to enter the e-car segment and offer a sporty sedan to rival the likes of the BMW i5 and Tesla Model S.
Alfa Romeo: E-sedan coming… but late
With Alfa Romeo already planning a compact E-SUV, an all-electric sedan is to follow. Jean-Philippe Imparato, head of the Alfa Romeo brand, revealed this to AutoExpress. A compact car and a compact sedan as a new edition of the Giulia from the GTV range are also already in the pipeline.
With the new and larger sedan, however, Alfa Romeo wants to take on the broad competition in the form of the BMW i5 or Tesla Model S. It will be some time before that happens, however, as the market launch is not scheduled until 2027.
Alfa sedan gets sporty
“We are called to be a global premium brand, so I have to have the premium segment of large e-cars in mind,” Imparato told AutoExpress. The challenges, he said, are mainly in the aerodynamic area, while the brand wants to bring its sporty DNA into the 21st century. According to the report, the new e-sedan will position itself above the all-electric Alfa Romeo Giulia.
A U.S.-based team at the automaker is already busy planning the new sedan, it said. However, it is to be offered worldwide. What is to be offered is a “high level of performance and spaciousness without destroying the aerodynamics.”
The STLA Large BEV platform from parent company Stellaris, which is expected to be launched in 2023, is likely to serve as the basis. It will enable ranges of up to 800 kilometers.
Imparato is also holding out the prospect of an even sportier Quadrifoglio variant, which is expected to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds thanks to the dual engines.
Stellantis subsidiary DS Automobiles had already unveiled an exciting concept car earlier this year in the form of the DS E-Tense Performance, which uses Formula E technology and offers 850 hp of power. Here, too, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is possible in 2 seconds.