Forget the thrum of a vintage twin-cam 4-cylinder or the high-pitched snarl of a modern turbocharged engine. Italian automaker Alfa Romeo will begin dropping gasoline powertrains from its lineup over the next few years to go fully electric in several key markets include Europe, the U.S., and China, by 2027.
That move will mark a rapid shift over the next half-decade since Alfa Romeo does not even sell a hybrid version of its Giulia sedan or its Stelvio SUV in the U.S.
A plug-in hybrid SUV called Tonale is due out sometime soon for the 2022 model year, broadening the Alfa lineup in the U.S. to three models.
The shift toward electrification means the Giorgio architecture underpinning the Giulia, the Stelvio, and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee that just hit the market in long-wheelbase L form will only last a few years since electric cars demand a different platform.
The move will make Alfa Romeo the first major brand in the broad Stellantis lineup to go fully electric. Stellantis was formed by the merger of the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and French automaker PSA. It counts among its divisions a wide range of brands intending to shift to electrification over the next few years. The Opel brand (not sold in the U.S.) plans to go electric-only in most markets by 2028, while budget-oriented Fiat will be a recharge-only brand by 2030. See Alfa Romeo models for sale