Alfa Romeo wants to have an electric compact

The Italian firm has many open fronts, but one of the most anticipated is the arrival of new compact alternatives, which, in this case, will be 100% electric

In recent years, rumors about possible new Alfa Romeo launches have increased. The Italian firm today has a range made up of three models: Giulia, Stelvio, and Tonale. The latter, specifically, is the only one that has electrified mechanics through plug-in hybridization. However, if the aforementioned rumors are true, in the coming years we could see new alternatives in the company, such as a new fully electric SUV or a sports car, among others. Likewise, in the last hours, it has been Jean-Phillippe Imparato himself, CEO of the brand, who has opened the door to a segment that has been extinct for years in Alfa Romeo, that of compacts.

The last model of this type that the brand marketed was the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which disappeared from the catalog in 2021 after more than 11 years of commercialization. Now, in a recent interview by the Quattroroute media outlet with the company’s CEO, Imparato stated: “In the C segment of Alfa Romeo there will not be only the Tonale. What I want is to make an Alfetta”.

With this, we would be facing a hypothetical compact electric car whose measurements would lead it to fully compete against the models that currently militate in this category, such as the Volkswagen ID.3, Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, or the relatively cheap MG4.

The original Alfa Romeo Alfetta was marketed from 1972 to 1987. It was a very transgressive model during its vital stage, which was sold in two body styles: saloon and compact three-door coupé. However, Imparato makes it clear in his interview that the brand is in the process of launching a hatchback model.

In general terms, the future compact of Alfa Romeo would have many examples to rely on, among which would be the future Lancia Delta or other Stellantis models in this segment. It also has a good catalog of electrical mechanics, such as those already used by the electric Opel Astra or the Peugeot e-308, example.

Imparato admitted that this future Alfetta would present a “very cool” appearance that would fit squarely with a “very European formula” and that, on top of everything, it would be an important and interesting alternative to the current range of Alfa Romeo models.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

However, despite Imparato’s conviction in his statements, this model would make its approval subject to the commercial success of the other members of the range in the coming months, especially the Alfa Romeo Tonale and its different mechanical variants.

As stated by the CEO, Alfa Romeo will decide next September on the product plan that it will develop for the period 2028-2030, just at the moment in which the brand will put aside thermal mechanics to exclusively present electric cars. For this reason, the arrival of the electric Alfa Romeo Alfetta is not expected until at least the year 2028, when sales of the new electric Lancia Delta will also begin.

Lynda Reeder

I'm Lynda, I currently own Tesla. I write about electric cars. My aim is to provide information on how technology can improve the ownership experience of electric vehicles.

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