Just recently, FCA executives hosted their annual investors meeting. And in that meeting, Alfa Romeo’s head, Tim Kuniskis, presented his plan for leading Alfa Romeo’s latest product offensive for the North American market. From new models from a new 8C supercar, to an all new Giulia-based coupe that will revive the GTV nameplate, it’s clear some big things are on the horizon for Alfa’s resurgence.
This includes a supposed new flagship, all-electric three-row crossover. In the product plan shared by Kuniskis and his presentation, there was indication of a new “E segment,” or large vehicle, on the horizon. It is scheduled to surface in 2022 as one of seven total new model launches for the Alfa Romeo brand. Further details indicate that Alfa will apply its new electrification initiative to the new crossover by keeping it an all-electric utility vehicle.
You read that right. An Alfa Romeo electric three-row utility vehicle. These are strange times.
The product plan chart also had a stamp, confirming that the new crossover will also feature up to “Level 3” autonomy. Out of a scale of five levels, defined by the SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) “Level 3” autonomy allows for “Conditional Automation,” meaning the car is capable of managing most situations of driving while constant monitoring the environment around the vehicle. The system then prompts driver intervention should an unnavigable error arises.
In addition to the new plans, Kuniskis also shard Alfa Romeo’s new electrification strategy. It includes introducing more hybrid models, an electrically assisted turbocharger or “E-Booster” setup, and an increase in plug-in hybrids.
Not much else is known. But we anticipate Alfa Romeo’s new three-row all-electric SUV has its sights set on competitors such as the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar F Pace.