Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe to have 488-rivalling power
Alfa Romeo will officially announce a new range of performance hybrid models, as well as a new large SUV, in June, a new report is claiming.
Sergio Marchionne is expected to reveal the plans at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Balocco test track, according to Autocar UK. Those plans involve a new SUV, vital for making further inroads into the lucrative US market, and a Giulia coupe, which will be offered with high-performance hybrid powertrains alongside more conventional options.
AC UK says the high-performance energy recovery system (ERS) is a development of the HY-KERS unit found in the LaFerrari. It is claimed to be more advanced than what is used in Formula 1.
Two hybrid drivetrains are under development. The first is based on the 2.0 turbocharged four-pot, while the other employs the use of the 2.9-litre V6 from the Quadrifoglio. Power of the former, combined with the ERS system, will total around 257kW while the hybrid V6 coupe will offer a mighty 478kW, just 14kW shy of the 492kW in the Ferrari 488.
Meanwhile, the forthcoming large SUV will feature a mild-hybrid 48V system and an electric turbo. It will share the platform of the Stelvio and could come with a seven-seat variant. Expect it to launch in late 2019, a few months after the hybrid Giulia.