Alfa Romeo’s Milano marks the company’s maiden venture into the electric vehicle (EV) market, but it’s unlikely to make its way stateside.

Alfa Romeo is undergoing a period of transformation. The Giulia and Stelvio are experiencing declining sales, with neither model expected to reach 5,000 units in 2023. Meanwhile, the Tonale, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid, was introduced this year, paving the way for a fully electric lineup. Alfa Romeo plans to launch only electric vehicles starting in 2025 and will exclusively sell electric cars starting in 2027. The company has recently announced that its first EV will be a subcompact SUV called the Milano, which is set to debut in 2024.

The Milano, named after the city where Alfa Romeo was founded, will be unveiled in Milan, Italy, in April 2024, prior to its delivery in September. The initial version will be powered solely by electricity, while a gas-powered variant, likely featuring a 48-volt hybrid system, will be introduced by November. This will mark the final new Alfa Romeo model to feature an internal-combustion engine.

The Milano is currently the main focus for Alfa Romeo, with an article by Automotive News Europe indicating that a decision on its potential release in the US has not been made yet. According to CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato, the Milano is prepared for sales outside of Europe if there is sufficient demand, and he predicts that some states will soon show interest in “urban small electric SUVs.” The Milano is expected to be smaller than the Tonale, which is already compact in size.

The Alfa Romeo Milano will be manufactured in Tychy, Poland, alongside the Jeep Avenger and Fiat 600e, which are also produced by Stellantis, the parent company. The Jeep Avenger and Fiat 600e are available in both electric and gasoline-powered variants, and it is likely that the Alfa Romeo Milano will also offer the same powertrain options. The electric models of the Jeep Avenger and Fiat 600e are equipped with a 54.0-kWh battery, which provides a range of 250 miles according to the WLTP test cycle used in Europe.

The Milano’s dimensions are expected to be similar to those of the Jeep and Fiat, which range from 160 to 164 inches in length and have a wheelbase of approximately 100 inches. There are few vehicles in this segment in the US, and even fewer electric vehicles (EVs). The Chevy Bolt, which is being replaced by a new model for 2025, and the upcoming Volvo EX30, which is set to go on sale next year with a starting price of $36,245, are the only electric competitors. More information on the Milano is expected to be released next spring.

source info : roadandtrack

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