Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio EV due with 1000hp

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Alfa boss gives details of Giulia saloon’s replacement, due as firm’s second EV in the coming years

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be reborn as an EV with up to 1000bhp and a range of 435 miles, the Italian firm’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has confirmed.

Set to evolve from its conventional saloon shape to cover multiple segments, the new Giulia is expected to arrive around the middle of the decade, no longer offering ICE power as Alfa Romeo pushes to offer a solely EV range by 2027.

Power will start at near 345bhp, with the more powerful Veloce offering around 790bhp. A hardcore Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolio variant is also confirmed, offering “around 1000hp” (986bhp) – almost double the 503bhp offered by today’s twin-turbocharged petrol V6 car. 

This most powerful variant will likely be a four-wheel-drive proposition, rather than rear-driven like the current car. It could get a set-up similar to fellow Stellantis brand Maserati’s upcoming Granturismo Folgore, which uses three electric motors – one on the front axle and two at the rear – with torque-vectoring functionality. 

As well as confirming his power ambitions for the Giulia replacement, Imparato suggested that the EV’s range will be up to 435 miles on the WLTP cycle, so owners see it as a “substitute” to their current cars, not a downgrade nor forced switch.

That figure would match the electric successor to sibling brand Peugeot’s 3008 SUV, which will use a variation of the same STLA platform. 

Imparato was keen to emphasise the importance of a rapid electrification programme for Alfa. “We switch because we must,” he said. “If not, Alfa Romeo would be dead.”

He added: “We will switch in a real concrete substitution mode. I don’t want you [customers/owners] to suffer from anything [because of] the switch; I want you to love it.”

Design-wise, the Giulia will look like “the Alfa Romeo we all want”, promised the CEO, who described the current design proposals as “very cool”. 

He previously told Autocar the successor to today’s Giulia would get a less conventional shape, possibly straddling the saloon-estate boundary with a view to attracting more buyers.

Imparato also confirmed the Giulia will be equipped with an 800V electrical architecture, as with other upcoming EVs on the STLA platform, meaning a “substantial” battery top-up (likely 10-80%) could be completed “within 18 minutes”. “We don’t want you to spend hours charging your car,” he said.

There has been no indication yet of what size battery the new Alfa could use, but Peugeot’s recent Inception coupé concept housed a 100kWh pack in its chassis for a theoretical range of 500 miles, meaning the Giulia theoretically could too. 

Imparato also updated Autocar on Alfa’s future plan, revealing that a B-segment SUV (tipped to be called the Brennero) will be launched next year as its first EV  – although it will still offer ICE power in the form of a mild-hybrid petrol engine. It’s not yet confirmed whether this petrol option will be limited to overseas markets, as is the case with the technically related Jeep Avenger. 

Alfa’s first electric-only car will arrive a year later, as either a saloon or an SUV (Imparato wouldn’t disclose which), followed by a second EV that will occupy the same segment but with a different bodystyle.

It’s likely that an electric successor to the Stelvio SUV will arrive in 2026 as a sister car to the electric Giulia. 

Finally, a larger electric saloon in the vein of the Porsche Taycan or Tesla Model S will arrive in 2027 as a crucial step towards bolstering the brand’s popularity in the US and China.

Funding for all of these cars has already been allocated by Stellantis management, Imparato said.

Source: Autocar

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