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Alfa Romeo's Electric Sedan Will Compete With Mercedes EQE, BMW i5

Alfa Romeo plans to roll out large EVs to move upmarket, but a new report from the UK sheds more light on one of these models. The new crossover-style sedan will arrive in the US by 2027, competing with the BMW i5, Mercedes-Benz EQE, and Audi A6 e-tron.

Alfa Romeo CEO Jean Philippe Imparato told Auto Express that the new electric model will be in the E-segment, above the Giulia, which will also be an electric car in the future.

In terms of styling, the model won't be limited to the traditional three-box sedan bodystyle, as Jean Philippe Imparato hinted: "What about SUV?" A sedan? What about midway? Knowing we will be BEV, the challenge becomes aerodynamics, and knowing that Alfa Romeo's DNA is sedan and signature is sport, the answer is probably not SUV – I want to reinvent sportiness for the 21st century. Alfa Romeo bosses talk about how the sedan bodystyle is evolving, so the Giulia's successor may get a similar treatment.

Imparato said the large Alfa will have "high performance and roominess without destroying aerodynamics" These comments remind us of the fastback silhouette made popular by the Citroen C5 X and Peugeot 4008 sibling. Some call them coupe-crossovers, others raised fastbacks, but they all have slightly increased ground clearance, a low-slung appearance compared to bulkier SUVs, and an aerodynamic rear roofline.

Peugeot 408 combines low-slung bodystyles, crossovers, and SUVs. Alfa Romeo designers could create a similar car with Italian DNA. The aforementioned Peugeot and Citroen models are based on a stretched version of the EMP2 platform, or STLA Medium.

The new Alfa Romeo will ride on the STLA Large architecture, giving designers more room to work. Alfa Romeo could get the full-spec version of the platform with dual motors, a large battery, and an Alfa Romeo-specific chassis setup.

The new Alfa Romeo will debut in the US in 2027; other markets will follow. Imparato said North America was the focus of development, but it will be sold worldwide.

Alfa Romeo will release SUVs in addition to the Giulia and an unnamed large sedan. The smaller Brenero will slot below the Tonale and Stelvio, while a larger fully electric SUV will top the lineup, likely targeting the BMW iX and Audi Q6 e-tron. The flagship supercar is rumored to be inspired by the 33 Stradale.