Our EV revolution Bingo card didn’t embody areas for the return of wagons (aero crossovers by a extra appropriate identify) and the doubling down on retro design cues, however that is what we’re getting and we prefer it. Alfa Romeo is clocking in on the retro aspect, design chief Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos telling Autocar, “Our next-generation automobiles will carry again the Coda Tronca right into a present design language — as a method to spice up aerodynamic effectivity and vary, in fact, but in addition to offer the automobiles a particular, classically Alfa Romeo design character.” You may not know that “coda tronca” means “brief tail” in Italian, however you recognize what it seems to be like. Successfully a Kammback or Kammtail, it is when a car roof descends towards the rear of the car, ending in a vertical flank that appears like somebody lower the automobile brief with a big knife. It has been on all the things from the Shelby Daytona Coupe and Ferrari 250 GTO to the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, and Audi A2 and A7.
The brief tail was additionally famously on the 1963 Alfa Romeo Turbolare Zagato, shortened to the TZ. That is the design Mesonaro-Romanos refers to, in addition to the Dash Zagato, or SZ, that preceded it. He stated, “You will notice it on a number of future fashions,” the primary reportedly the compact crossover due available on the market subsequent yr. This might be Alfa Romeo’s model of the not too long ago launched Jeep Avenger battery-electric crossover for Europe, as soon as believed to be known as the Brennero. The design boss crossed that identify out, telling Autocar, “The mannequin identify is now determined. it will likely be Italian and it will likely be lovely. However greater than that, I can’t say for now.”
We would have higher luck predicting specs. Checking the Avenger’s particulars, we would count on the Stellantis eCMP 2 platform filled with battery modules beneath the seats that add as much as 54 kWh. The Avenger’s e-motor turns the entrance wheels with 154 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, an all-wheel-drive model is on the way in which. Vary on the WLTP cycle is rated at an estimated 249 miles. As with the Jeep, the Alfa Romeo is anticipated to get a gas-powered model, perhaps with the identical 1.2-liter motor going into the Jeep. We’re unsure how else the Alfa would possibly distinguish itself from the Jeep, however the Kamm tail may make vary for each powertrains a notable differentiator.