Sporty Alfa Romeo Milano EV hits the track before April debut
Confirmed to be called the ‘Milano’, Alfa Romeo’s first electric car will be a small SUV that’ll share parts with the Jeep Avenger
The wait will soon be over: the all-electric Alfa Romeo Milano is confirmed to make its debut on 10th April as the Italian marque’s first EV.
Sharing its nameplate with the American-spec Alfa 75 of the 1980s, the Alfa Romeo Milano is a small SUV that’s based on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot E-2008, Vauxhall Mokka Electric, Jeep Avenger and new Fiat 600e SUV. While versions of the above are also available in petrol form, Alfa boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has told DrivingElectric that the Milano will be electric-only in the UK.
This being the case, the Milano will likely utilise the same 51kWh (usable) battery that was first seen in the facelifted DS3 E-Tense. The Jeep Avenger has a claimed range of up to 248 miles and we expect the Alfa to match this figure.
Yet despite sharing many of its parts with pretty unassuming small electric crossovers, Imparato has previously assured DrivingElectric that the brand’s upcoming ‘sporty urban vehicle’ will “have the driveability of an Alfa”.
As you can see from the latest images, the Milano has been undergoing testing at the maker’s provings grounds in Balocco, Italy. Its chassis has also been developed by the same engineers that worked on the likes of the Alfa Romeo 4C and 8C sports cars which means, along with the dual-motor powertrain that’ll be standard-fit at launch, the Milano should be pretty handy to drive.
When the Alfa Romeo Milano first goes on sale, buyers will be able to choose from either the Veloce or Special Edition specifications. For those looking for something a little more exciting, Alfa’s boss couldn’t entirely rule out the possibility of a high-performance Quadrifoglio version, either; he told DrivingElectric: “We have a launch version of Milano and afterwards, based on customer feedback, based on what they are ready to pay, we will open the next step in Quadrifoglio compatibility of the car.”
As you can see from a previously-leaked image, the Alfa Romeo Milano marks a slight departure in terms of design compared with its petrol-powered predecessors. The brand’s iconic ‘trefoil’ grille will remain, but will now extend outwards into a sleeker, reworked version of the tri-LED headlight cluster that made its debut on the hybrid-powered Tonale.
The Milano shares some similarities with other models in the Stellantis lineup, to; its boxy roofline and C-pillar-mounted door handles are like that of the Avenger, while the Alfa’s black body cladding mirrors the exterior trim on the Mokka Electric, which helps that car appear more brutish and SUV-like, compared with the smaller Vauxhall Corsa Electric.
Little is known about what the inside of Alfa Romeo’s first electric car will look like, but we expect it to feature the same Uconnect infotainment system which appears across the Stellantis lineup, including in the Fiat 500e city car. Leaked images show the car will get a digital instrument cluster, likely paired with a 10.25-inch touchscreen – as in both Fiats, the Jeep and the Tonale.
As mentioned, the Milano is due to make its full public debut on 10th April, before going on sale in September. Pricing is hard to pinpoint, but given Alfa’s positioning as a premium brand and the Milano’s dual-motor powertrain, a starting figure of around £40,000 seems reasonable.
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