Alfa Romeo is also preparing to enter the world of electric cars with an unprecedented compact SUV that will be positioned in the most accessible area of its offer. The first 100% battery-powered model from Biscione will actually be the entry-level B-suv which, unsurprisingly, should be called the Junior. The latest information, and the revision made by the press from all over Europe (such as Carscoops which determined its obvious appearance and presentation) talk about a real B-suv that will be offered with a battery of 54 kWh and a front engine of 156 HP. . With this package the autonomy of the new Alfa Romeo Junior should be around 400 km. And there is a great possibility – as in Jeep Avenger and Fiat 600e that Junior will share many features – that a mild hybrid variant will be added to the 100% electric version.
This should use an advanced 48 Volt hybrid system consisting of a 100 HP 1.2T Mhev gasoline engine with a 6-speed dual-clutch e-DCS6 automatic transmission which in turn has a 21 kW (28.5 HP) electric motor). The future B-suv, which should be launched in 2024, takes the name of a successful Alfa Romeo model, which was however part of the world of Alfa Romeo coupés. In 1966, after the commercial success of the now iconic GT (designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, then an employee of Bertone), the range was completed with a less demanding version of the car, the GT Junior.
Instead of the 1600 GT, for this model – then the entry point for Alfa Romeo sports cars – the 1300 engine was chosen which produced 89 HP. And to keep the price down, features and finishes have been simplified. Going through the documents of the time we find that the 1966 Junior did not have a brake booster, a central console or even a cigarette lighter. There were rubber floors, a two-spoke steering wheel and hubcaps without plastic inserts.