Alfa Romeo is working on a new full-size SUV with a 400 hp hybrid powertrain, according to a new report. In a recent interview with the United Kingdom’s AutoExpress, Alfa Romeo technical boss Roberto Fedeli hinted the automaker is working on a large SUV that would utilize the Giorgio platform that currently underpins the Stelvio and Giulia. Fedeli also made mention of a 48-volt hybrid system for the yet-to-be-named vehicle, which would come in the way of a so-called “e-turbo.”

“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little big bigger?” Fedeli said. “We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. Plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything.”

“I’m quite happy about the result we have obtained coupling a four-cylinder with the 48-volt e-turbo – I think next time we can also use it in production,” he added. “With a 2.0-liter turbo engine you can achieve around 350 to 400bhp. We are driving on a simulator a car like that, we are working on it, and the result is not so bad.”

Alfa Romeo is apparently pursuing a large SUV over products like a mid- or full-size sedan or a next-generation Giulietta due to the larger profit margins of such a vehicle and its broader global appeal. The SUV would be able to seat up to seven passengers, making it viable for large families.

The large Alfa SUV is apparently still about two years out, so we won’t see it until 2020 at the earliest.

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