While future Alfa Romeos will be built on the Stellantis family platforms, Alfa looks likely to be offered some flexibility when it comes to suspension and chassis systems, especially for its more premium models. .
Autocar previously reported that Alfa Romeo Product Manager Daniel Guzzafame said: “We want to keep the good stuff from the Giorgio platform [that underpins the Giulia and Stelvio]. There are opportunities that we are investigating now.
It is believed that Giorgio’s steering and suspension hardware could be adapted to the new Stellantis platforms.
Notably, Maserati is the first brand outside Alfa Romeo to use Giorgio hardware, which cost some £800million to develop, with its new Grecale SUV on a redesigned version of the platform.
The Grecale will be available as an electric vehicle in 2023, but neither company has given any indication of how easily the platform will accommodate an electric powertrain.
The large electric SUV said to come from Alfa Romeo – and likely to be positioned as a dynamic, premium rival to the new Lotus Eletre – could therefore mix elements of legacy ICE platforms and bespoke EV platforms , in order to differentiate it from other Stellantis electric SUVs, such as the upcoming Jeep EV and Opel/Vauxhall Manta.
Autocar has also been assured by Imparato that all Alfa Romeos are still being developed and refined by the company’s engineers at the historic Balocco test track in northern Italy.
He added that “access to technology, platforms, electrical architectures, batteries and infotainment would be impossible for me if Alfa was a standalone company. [operation]”.
Maintaining a distinctive image and driving experience as part of the 14-brand Stellantis empire will be a challenge for Alfa Romeo, as it will share components and architectures with more overtly mainstream brands, including Citroën, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-02 23:01:23