Alfa Romeo is working on a second crossover utility vehicle to slot in above the Stelvio, Auto Express reports, and the new CUV could use a mild hybrid system with an emphasis on performance over efficiency. Such a system would be chosen for its ability to help meet emissions requirements while still delivering commendable performance, all without diluting Alfa Romeo’s DNA, says the company’s Chief Technical Officer.
“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little big bigger?” Alfa Romeo CTO Roberto Fedeli told Auto Express. “We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. Plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything.”
Autoline reported recently that Fiat Chrysler could add a Belt Alternator Starter – or BAS – mild-hybrid system to a wide range of its passenger vehicles in the not-too-distant future, but it’s uncertain whether Alfa Romeo’s bigger crossover would be one of them. Speaking to Auto Express, Fedeli didn’t mention BAS, talking instead about deploying a 48-volt e-turbo.
“I’m quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo – I think next time we can also use it in production,” Fedeli said. “With a 2.0-liter turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400 bhp. We are driving on a simulator a car like that, we are working on it, and the result is not so bad.”