The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio will not have a hybrid, mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain, but will switch directly from the internal combustion engine to electric power.
Daniel Guzzafame, Alfa Romeo’s global product manager, confirmed the direct switch to electric power for 100% of the Italian sedan and SUV. He said in a meeting with the Australian press that “the next Giulia and Stelvio will most likely be electric“.
CO2 taxation issues
In the interview given to CarExpertthe Biscione brand manager spoke of the need to think about a different future for the Giulia and Stelvio, which are already experiencing sales problems in Europe due to CO2 taxes.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio (2023)
Guzzafame gave the example of France, where the 280 hp Stelvio 2.0 turbo petrol is burdened with a “ecological penalty” additional that many customers do not want to pay (more than 3,000 euros – Editor’s note). The same goes for cars with more than 200 g/km of CO2 which, still on the French market, pay a tax on the purchase of more than 18,000 euros.
Neither mild hybrid nor plug-in hybrid
One solution could be electrification with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but Guzzafame has confirmed that it there will be no rechargeable Giulia and Stelvio, as it would require “a full platform update”. It should be remembered that the Giorgio platform used by the two models was not born for electrification and the only exceptions are currently reserved for the Maserati Grecale (mild hybrid and electric) and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee (plug-in hybrid ).
The product manager added that the Giulia and Stelvio could have used a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, but the reduction in CO2 emissions would not have been enough to justify the price increase.
Big Alfa confirmed
Considering that 2024 will see the launch of the last internal combustion engine Alfa Romeo and the first fully electric Alfa Romeo (the B-SUV known until recently as the Brenner) and that Alfa will always have a sedan like the Giulia on its list, Guzzafame has confirmed that the company’s future will include the Giulia, Stelvio, Tonale and “then something bigger”.
A clear reference to this 2027 E-segment model that will challenge Audi, BMW and Mercedes, already announced by CEO Imparato, developed in the United States and not necessarily with SUV style.
For this flagship of Alfa Romeo, we can already imagine the use of the new architecture from the Giorgio which was developed for the Maserati GranTurismo, which will serve as the basis for the new Maserati Quattroporte and which will also be electric at 800 volts .