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Meet the small SUV that Alfa hopes will massively enhance its gross sales… and sprinkle a bit romance into the phase

Printed: 10 Apr 2024

That is the Alfa Romeo Milano, the small SUV that goals to dramatically enhance the corporate’s gross sales. Alfa Romeo, after all, is a part of the sprawling Stellantis group, so this automotive is expounded to the Fiat 600, Jeep Avenger, Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Corsa. Ah, however Alfa says the Milano is a ‘handbook’ for the Italian model, devoted “to the satisfaction of the sensory colleges”. Erm, OK.

Alfa has historically finished that by way of rorty engines and characterful styling. The Milano is the primary Alfa BEV, although there will probably be a hybrid, too, powered by a 1.2-litre, three cylinder turbo. We would get the entrance drive one within the UK – Alfa has but to determine – however not the all-wheel drive iteration.

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So the secret right here is differentiation. Take those self same elements – on this case the eCMP platform – and do one thing further tasty with them. Alfa’s design crew, led by Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, has actually had a very good go. The Milano is 4.1m lengthy, 1.5m tall, and has a stable stance. The overhangs are quick, the rear truncated in a approach that makes references to the Sixties Giulia TZ much less fanciful than first seems. There’s a brand new tackle the ‘scudetto’ grille, which is available in ‘leggenda’ or punchy ‘progresso’ variations. The Alfa phone dial wheels get a remix. And the three+3 headlights are full LED matrix jobs.

The electrical Milano makes use of a 54kWh battery pack (50.8 useable), not fully coincidentally the identical one you’ll discover within the Abarth 600e and Jeep Avenger. Right here, it’s accessible in two variants, with both a 154bhp or 238bhp energy output, and a single motor driving the entrance wheels. Alfa claims a variety of 250 miles. If TG’s Avenger expertise is something to go by, that’s more likely to be nearer to 200 in the actual world, though we’ve seen 4.1 miles per kWh from that automotive.

That stated, Alfa Romeo is concentrating on best-in-class dealing with and efficiency right here. So the Milano has sooner, extra direct steering, lowered suspension, and beefier entrance and rear anti-roll bars, and in additional extrovert Veloce guise 380mm diameter entrance discs with four-piston calipers, 20in wheels, and a mechanical self-locking differential. Alfa’s DNA drive mode programme reappears right here – D is for Dynamic, N is for pure and that’s the on a regular basis setting, and A is for superior effectivity. All the pieces is softened off. Alfa proudly tells us that the crew that developed the Giulia GTA additionally did the Milano. We’ll discover out quickly.

Inside, the mission is to conjure up an Alfa Romeo ambiance from the group elements matrix. The instrument panel has a ‘telescope’ twin cowled impact that nods again to historic Alfas. In the course of that sits a digital 10.25in configurable show. The infotainment is dealt with by a ten.25in touchscreen, whose widgets may be totally customised and dragged and dropped. Every consumer can create their very own home-page. The air vents listed below are within the form of a four-leaf clover, and the Veloce model will get Sabelt sports activities seats and plenty of purple (rosso, innit). Alfa Romeo claims a class-leading 400-litre boot capability (on the rear of the automotive) whereas there’s a cable organiser within the frunk.

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The Milano additionally guarantees stage 2 automated driving, and has 360° parking sensors and a 180° rear digital camera. It’ll additionally open and lock itself mechanically by way of proximity sensor tech. EV routing by way of the GPS means the automotive will discover the closest charging level in your journey, out of 600,000 charging factors Europe-wide. The same old suite of Apps can be found to maximise connectivity. E-control enables you to begin and cease charging remotely, and there’s a voice activated digital assistant and Chat GPT performance. There are three trim ranges: Techno, Premium and Sport.

In addition to in-house rivals just like the Vauxhall Mokka electrical and DS3 Crossback e-tense, main competitors comes from the likes of Volvo’s spectacular EX30 and the Sensible #One. These are the brand new household automotive paradigm, however Alfa Romeo, greater than anybody else, needs to introduce a little bit of romance into the equation. The Speciale launch version is offered to order now, with the Progesso grille, Spiga vinyl and cloth inside, and eight-colour inside lighting.

Costs are unconfirmed however Alfa reckons the entry stage automotive will undercut the Jeep Avenger’s £34k beginning value.

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