Alfa Romeo Milano is the brand’s first-ever EV

The stylish new crossover can also be had in hybrid powertrain

Known for possessing a rich heritage in motorsport which further extends to its production car designs in the past, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo has now introduced its first-ever BEV – the Milano, a subcompact crossover. It may have come as a surprise to many that Alfa’s first EV isn’t a sports car or something tilted towards having sporty attributes but the crossover body style with the Milano is Alfa’s intentions made clear – bring new customers to the brand.

The Milano’s looks are certainly sufficient to have customers flocking to their nearest Alfa Romeo showrooms. Being a century-old manufacturer, Alfa had an extensive inventory of design traits synonymous with the brand which has now been given a modern reinterpretation. Comprising the exterior list are the tweaked yet iconic telephonic dial wheel design, the Alfa Romeo scripture on the triangular grille, and the 3+3 headlights which now receive LED matrix treatment.

Even on the inside, the instrument gauge cluster is housed within a telescopic twin-cowled effect that nods back to historic Alfas. The air-con vents are now styled like the four-leaf clover seen on the brand’s Quadrifoglio badge. The entire centre console is angled towards the driver along with the 10.3-inch infotainment screen which allows users to drag and drop car controls and applications to configure their homepage screens, a modern Stellantis stable touch.

The Milano will be offered in battery-EV and hybrid guises, called Elettrica and Ibrida respectively. The Elettrica comes equipped with a 54kWh battery, good for a claimed range of over 400kms. Two power output variations are on offer in this all-electric iteration – 154hp and 237hp, both being single motor setups with power being sent to the front wheels. The more powerful 237hp is called the Veloce trim which further sits an inch lower, and packs revised front and rear anti-roll bars with bigger 15-inch front disc brakes and a mechanical self-locking differential for better torque distribution. Alfa claims the team behind the Giulia GTA, the limited edition, highly acclaimed high-performance sedan, has worked on the Milano’s drive dynamics, helping the educated readers conjure up preconceived notions of the Milano’s performance on the road.

The Ibrida derivative packs a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine paired with a 28-hp electric motor integrated into the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The combined output is reported to be 134hp. Alfa claims during urban driving, the Milano Ibrida will stay in electric mode for more than 50 per cent of the time. Those opting for the hybrid further have a choice between front-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive.

Alfa Romeo has opened its order books for a special “MILANO SPECIALE” launch edition which can be had in either Elettrica or Ibrida powertrain options. More importantly, it is equipped with EV Routing that calculates and embeds available charging station stops needed along the route to the desired destination.

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