The Auto Sleuth: Alfa Romeo, Dodge Ram and Winnebago are electrified

Alfa Romeo introduces its first electrified vehicle

The automaker, part of the Stellantis group that also owns Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler, has announced the 2023 Tonale. The compact hatchback’s conservative design mirrors others that bear the Alfa badge, especially the larger Stelvio.

Base and Ti trims get a 256 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The premium Veloce plug-in hybrid version comes with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder powering the front wheels, while a 90-kilowatt motor powers the rear wheels. Total system power is estimated at 272 horsepower.

Alfa Romeo estimates that the hybrid can drive fully electrically for up to 50 kilometers. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with the turbo 2.0, while a six-speed automatic is used with the hybrid. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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The Winnebago e-RV is based on the Ford Transit platform, but with a third-party power system. The range is estimated at 200 kilometers, which means that you prefer camping rather than driving. PHOTO: Winnebago

Winnebago has an electric motorhome in the works

The motorhome manufacturer recently unveiled the electric e-RV, which is expected to go into production soon.

The basis for the model is Ford’s Transit van, in which Winnebago will integrate an electric motor (provided by a third party) and a battery pack.

The company claims a range of up to 200 kilometers and supplies electric air conditioning, refrigeration and water heating systems. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of range, it isn’t; Winnebago says about half of campers travel less than 200 miles to their next campground. So while some owners will be fine with this, others will need at least one full charge along the way. Of course, the long-haul haulers can still buy an internal combustion Winnebago.

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Ram teases his entry into the realm of electric pickups

There’s been a lot of buzz about the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning, the GMC Hummer, and the Chevrolet Silverado full-size electric pickups.

Yet to be heard from – so far – has been news of an electric Ram.

The Stellantis brand has finally confirmed that such a vehicle is in the works. Coming to market in 2024, the Ram EV will ride on a unique platform designed specifically for larger vehicles, including commercial vehicles and vans.

Ram also claims that the system will provide a range of up to 500 miles. The Silverado EV offers a range of 400 miles (the Ford is even lower). Further details will be revealed at www.RamRevolution.com.

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Will Chevrolet replace the Spark with another small car?

The subcompact runabout is on its way and currently being assembled at a General Motors plant in Korea, which also makes the Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer, plus the Buick Encore and Encore GX.

De Sleuth hears that the factory is gearing up for another small petrol-powered hatchback-type vehicle. If true, it could mean Chevrolet will introduce a new price-leading hatchback to close the gap left by the outgoing Spark. That’s a pretty big “power” given the market’s appetite for small commercial vehicles, which Chevrolet already makes, of course.

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The Aston-Martin DBX adds a higher performing model, the 707, with 155bhp more than the base model at 542bhp.  PHOTO: ASTON MARTIN

The Aston-Martin DBX adds a higher performing model, the 707, with 155bhp more than the base model at 542bhp. PHOTO: ASTON MARTIN

Aston Martin unveils an extra fast high car

The UK-based luxury car maker recently added the DBX utility vehicle to its 2022 lineup, equipping it with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque .

While that should be enough to satisfy most Aston Martin customers, those with a desire for more can wait for the DBX707 to launch as a 2023 model later this year. It gets larger turbochargers plus other modifications to boost power to a hearty 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet.

A zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of 3.1 seconds is claimed and top speed is 193 (310 km/h). Of course, you won’t accelerate as quickly if you’re towing up to 2,700 pounds, which is the DBX707’s maximum power. Both models are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

UPS AND DOWNS

DOWN: Kia Sportage PHEV model announced – The brand’s 2023 compact utility vehicle will be available in petrol-only and hybrid versions when it arrives later in 2022.

Both are followed by a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Sportage that uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 66.9-kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-polymer battery. The net power is 177 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain. The PHEV offers an estimated electric range of 50 kilometers.

Kia's 2023 compact utility vehicle, the Sportage, will be available later in 2022 in petrol-only and hybrid versions.

Kia’s 2023 compact utility vehicle, the Sportage, will be available later in 2022 in petrol-only and hybrid versions.

UP: Ferrari Purosangue production confirmed for this year – The four-wheel drive commercial vehicle from the legendary sports car manufacturer (Purosangue is Italian for thoroughbred), which has been in development since 2018, will finally see the light of day at the end of 2022 as a 2023 model. Details remain scarce, but all signs point to a battery-backed 6.5-liter V-12 engine.

– written by Wheelbase Media

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