With the Alfa Romeo brand going through a revision since the 2018 Captial Markets Day presentation where the brand announced it’s five-year future plan, the Italian brand has instead decided to focus on four particular models for its upcoming lineup (Giulia, Stelvio, the upcoming 2022 Tonale, and a subcompact CUV). According to Autocar, the upcoming subcompact CUV could be the first vehicle formed by the upcoming FCA-PSA merger.
Using the PSA’s updated eCMP platform architecture that will underpin at least seven new PSA vehicles next year (which include electrified versions of the Peugeot 208, Peugeot 2008, Vauxhall Corsa, and DS 3 Crossback). The all-electric subcompact CUV will be different than the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale, which is expected to feature a similar plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain to the new Jeep® Renegade and Compass 4xe models.
According to one of Autocar’s sources, “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.” So don’t expect the vehicle to be identical to the Tonale or Stelvio.
The new electrified Peugeot 2008, dubbed e-2008 should be similar in size to the new Alfa Romeo EV CUV. The e-2008 uses a single electric motor to drive the front wheels and produces around 136 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Using a 50kWh battery pack gives the e-2008 a range of 193 miles (312 kilometers) on the WLTP test cycle. But based on the Alfa Romeo, Autocar expects that the Alfa EV would probably offer a different motor or battery pack considering the brand’s performance roots.
The new electric CUV will be an important step for the brand to hit its goal of 400,000 units across the globe. But we doubt we would see such a vehicle here in the United States and Canada, as the CMP architecture is sold throughout the world except for the North American market. Nevertheless, this new Alfa Romeo CUV would be an important step in FCA’s current brand lineup towards electrification.