You probably didn't miss it: the first photos of Alfa Romeo B-SUV leaked this weekend. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of a small SUV, some of the images raise questions, particularly about the car's motorization.
As a reminder, the "From 0 to 0" strategy has long been Jean-Philippe Imparato's catchphrase for explaining that all future Alfa Romeo models will be electric. The B-SUV we're talking about here will be the brand's first 100 % electric model, but to quote Mr. Imparato again "is also planned with other energies"..
And indeed, the leaked photos leave little doubt, the Alfa Romeo B-SUV will feature a hybrid combustion engine. Below, you can see the number of the gear engaged, as well as fuel consumption in l/100km and remaining range.
But which engine will it be? You don't have to look very far. The Alfa Romeo B-SUV shares the same platform as the Fiat 600, but also the Jeep Avenger, the DS3 and the Peugeot 2008...
And if we turn our attention to the Jeep Avenger, which has been available as a thermal hybrid for a few months now, we're talking about the infamous engine. Peugeot 1.2 PureTech. A small, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine delivering 100 hp, mated to a 6-speed automatic manual gearbox. The new Peugeot 2008 is also equipped with this engine.
To give you an idea, we found a video test of the Jeep Avenger with the PureTech engine.
PSA's CMP platform, manufactured in Tychy, Poland, with a Peugeot PureTech engine. What's so Italian about this SUV... one wonders...