Petrol powered sedans are a dying breed, even for brands like Alfa Romeo who are steeped in the visceral experiences they provide. A latest Giulia Render has been created based on CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato’s latest words hinting that the next generation model will not feature combustion propulsion at all.
Alfa Romeo have outlined their roadmap for the next few years and intend on being all-electric by 2027 as with many other brands scrambling to meet regulation changes imposed by governments all around the world by the end of the decade. What this means is that any, if not all, future models in the fabled Italian brand’s portfolio will be powered quietly by batteries and electric motors unlike anything from before.
The first model from the Turinese manufacturer to dabble in electrification is the fresh faced Tonale SUV. While it may not be offered as a pure EV, the model is ushering a new era for the brand with a selection of powertrains including PHEV derivatives. The first pure EV Alfa Romeo will arrive in 2023 and will likely share an assembly line in Poland with Jeep’s latest electric crossover.
Do not despair if you’d like to still own a petrol-only powered Alfa Romeo from new since the brand is expected to introduce updates for the superlative Giulia and Stelvio next year. Spy shots have shown that they will feature new headlights but it is still unknown if any significant changes under the bonnet will happen – likely not.
Thereafter, as Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has stated the second-generation Giulia will exist however since it is only expected just after the midpoint in the decade, won’t have any ICE’s. Based on dwindling sedan sales, it may also reinvent itself as a crossover instead hence the latest Giulia render which incorporates Tonale styling in a crossover format. This news will likely come as a travesty to the Alfisti but such is the way of the world for historic manufacturers to stay relevant. If Porsche hadn’t created the Cayenne to stay afloat two decades ago, we wouldn’t have been provided the modern-day masterpieces like the 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic which features rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.