Fiat Chrysler’s exotic Alfa Romeo brand could announce a new full-size crossover next month, which is when CEO Sergio Marchionne is expected to announce details of the automaker’s next five-year plan, plotting a course that will take FCA out to 2022. In January, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the executive said that having a larger CUV to slot in above the Stelvio was “very” important to the Alfa Romeo brand.
The new, full-size crossover will be based on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio‘s Giorgio platform, and is expected to offer two- and three-row seating options. According to UK-based outlet Autocar, power from the internal combustion engine will be supplemented by a mild-hybrid system and a 48-volt electric turbocharger. Those systems will help compensate for the 200 extra kilograms (440 pounds) the full-size Alfa Romeo CUV is expected to weigh over the Stelvio.
On the internal combustion side of the powertrain, the same 2.0-liter turbo I4 and 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that are offered in the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover are expected to be on offer. The former, Autocar says, will get about an 80-horsepower bump from the hybrid system, for a total of 350 horsepower, while the latter is expected to get roughly 145 hp of assistance, for a total of 650 horsepower. That would put the more potent of the two just 11 horsepower behind the Ferrari 488 GTB.
Alfa Romeo’s full-size crossover is expected to go on sale in late-2019, probably as a 2020 model. Doubtless we’ll learn more next month, when Sergio Marchionne officially unveils FCA’s new five-year business plan.