The automaker is currently lagging behind other premium automakers on electrification; it doesn’t even have a hybrid.
Alfa Romeo is such a prestigious and historic brand that we really want to see it progress and continue on into the electric era. And it has a very good chance of succeeding given the fact that it now has access to Stellantis’ electric vehicle platforms and powertrains, but as of right now, it doesn’t even sell a hybrid, let alone plug-in vehicles of any kind.
Its first plug-in hybrid will be the Tonale crossover, which is the last Alfa Romeo to not be developed on Stellantis underpinnings. It was supposed to have been shown this year, but the company’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, opted to have it pushed back a few months specifically to make the PHEV variant better and more competitive – we now expect to see it debut in 2022.
Gallery: Alfa Romeo Tonale
However, the original report said the new GTV would still be available with an ICE powertrain, albeit an electrified one. There’s a very good chance that if this model is confirmed, it will probably ride on the STLA Medium platform for C and D segment vehicles or the STLA Large platform designed for D and E class vehicles. The latter is reserved, according to Stellantis, for “AWD performance & american muscle” cars.
We also know Alfa Romeo will cease to use the Giorgio platform created under the leadership of the charismatic and demanding CEO Sergio Marchionne, who plotted to have several vehicles built on this platform to rival BMW, Mercedes and Audi. But now Giorgio will be dropped, even though the two vehicles it’s used in now are well rated, because it was not designed with electrification in mind.
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