In his final hurrah, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the company’s new five-year plan. Much like the first five-year plan the executive rolled out in 2014, this one is laced with quite a few future product details, including details regarding the technology and products that will fuel Alfa Romeo’s continued growth.
During the last FCA five-year plan, Alfa Romeo’s part was overly ambitious and most of it has not panned out as planned. FCA cites the fact the brand was going from being a regional brand in Europe to a global brand during this period, which created more work and uncertainty than planned.
This time around Alfa’s plan feels more manageable and includes a few new technologies the brand will deploy with its future products. Among the new technologies will be new hybrid models to boost performance and lower CO2 output. Alfa is also disclosing a new e-booster system which appears to be an electric supercharger to feed a convention turbocharger; a technology the brand says will boost performance by 25 percent and offer “zero turbo lag.”
Lastly, Alfa is promising new plug-in hybrid models. It says its PHEV models will deliver greater than 30 miles of EV range and over high performance.
These three new propulsion technologies will be found on seven new or redesigned products by 2022, including the return of the Alfa Romeo 8C supercar and iconic GTV.
Alfa says the new 8C will include a carbon fiber monocoque chassis in a mid-engine layout. The front axle will be electrified and offer a twin-turbo engine in back for a combined 700+ horsepower.
The new GTV will be a four-passenger car with 600+ horsepower from a e-boosted engine. All-wheel-drive and 50/50 weight distribution will round out the performance credentials of the new icon.
While the two new speciality products will bookend the Alfa portfolio by 2022, two new SUVs will also join the lineup. Refreshed versions of the Giulia and Stelvio will also bow between now and 2022.
|Redesigned Giulietta||C||Plug-in hybrid|
|New SUV||C||Plug-in hybrid|
|Redesigned Giulia||D||Plug-in hybrid|
|Redesigned Stelvio||D||Plug-in hybrid|
|New Large SUV||E||Plug-in hybird|
In total, Alfa says it will have six plug-in hybrid models on the market by 2022. Most new models will feature level two or three autonomy as well, similar to the rest of FCA’s planned lineup.