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Milan, Alfa Romeo’s first electric car is a turning point for style and technology

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Milan, Alfa Romeo’s first electric car is a turning point for style and technology

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It is one of those cars that mark epochal transitions and points of no return. Models who divide the public between fans and haters (often keyboard lions on social networks). Here is Alfa Romeo Milano, the first electric car from Biscione (but it is also hybrid) which takes the shape and format of an urban crossover and with its 4.17 meters it fully belongs to the B segment (B SUV, to be precise) where it also symbolizes the return of the brand, under the aegis of Stellantis, in a sector not covered since the days of MiTo.

Alfa Romeo Milano, all the official photos

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It is a B SUV that competes with the core of the European and Italian market where this type of car is strategic and has significant competitors. But its ambitions are also outside Europe, as explained by the CEO of Stellantis, Carlos Tavares, who does not rule out a landing in the USA and China. But let’s go back to the new Milan which uses the eCmp “multi energy” platform suitable for electric or thermal/hybrid cars: the same used by its cousins ​​Peugeot 2008 and 208, Opel Mokka/Corsa and above all, given that they are created in the same Polish factory in Tychy, Jeep Avenger and Fiat 600. It is, therefore, the first Alfa Romeo not produced in Italy. Many Alfa fans have rebelled on Instagram and TikTok, but it must be reiterated that the car is developed in Italy and the sharing of mechanical and digital architectures is what, as Taveres explained, has allowed costs to be kept at an acceptable level given that, Furthermore, it is not a model where particularly high volumes are expected. And then the industrial logic of today’s automotive industry is global: it regardless of the place of production. For example, an Audi remains an Audi even if it is produced in Martorell, Spain.

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The similarities with the cousins ​​of the group are few and the style is decidedly original: it marks a breaking point with the past, starting from the front with the radically revised trilobe and three-element full LED headlights, while at the rear the light signature is a element of distinction. Milan is a different Alfa: perhaps not everyone will like it, especially the “pasdaran del Biscione”, those who remained stuck with the Twin Spark engine while Milan speaks the language of lithium ions, kWh and has ChatGpt on board. Offered in two electric versions (156 or 240 hp, Veloce variant) and in a hybrid with front or all-wheel drive, classically called Q4. The 54 kWh battery ensures up to 410 km of autonomy and can be recharged with a maximum power of 100 kW in DC. It is not a high value (identical to that of its cousins ​​in the group) but sufficient to charge from 10 to 80% with fast charging stations in half an hour.

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The hybrids, however, are equipped with a 1.2 three-cylinder with 136 hp, variable geometry turbo, 48 Volt mild hybrid with a 21 kW electric motor inserted in the six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The scheme is that of other Stellants mild hybrids which, when tested by facts, behave almost like full hybrids. According to the company, it allows electric travel for over 50% of urban journeys.

The thermal unit, even if Alfa Romeo doesn’t mention it, is the well-known Puretech by Psa, revised in some details, such as the timing chain instead of the belt. The interiors are focused on digital technology: the instrument cluster is made with a 12.25″ display inserted under the classic Alfa “telescope”. At the center of the dashboard, characterized by four-leaf clover-shaped air vents, stands out the infotainment with 10.25″ touchscreen. It is based on a priority operating system with a widget interface, which allows integration with smartphones via Android Auto and CarPlay, also useful for using Google maps, instead of the resident TomTom ones that Stellantis insists on using. Semi-autonomous driving is level 2 and the Electric version also offers a frunk (front trunk) which the Hybrid obviously doesn’t have. Three trim levels are available: Techno, Premium and Sport, which offers Sabelt seats in Alcantara. It will arrive at dealerships in June and can currently be ordered in the launch version called Speciale with the Hybrid costing 30 thousand euros and the Electric 40 thousand.

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