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

Alfa Romeo introduces its first electric car

The automaker, part of the Stellantis group that also owns Fiat, Dodge and Chrysler, has announced the 2023 Tonale. The conservative design of the compact hatchback mirrors that of others who wear the Alfa decal, 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 1.3-litre turbo four-cylinder powering the front wheels, while a 90-kilowatt motor powers the rear wheels. The total system power is 272 horsepower.

Alfa Romeo estimates that the hybrid can drive up to 50 kilometers fully electric. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with the turbo 2.0, while a six-speed automatic is used in the hybrid. Prices 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 you’ll enjoy camping more than driving. PHOTO: Winnebago

Winnebago has an electric camper in the making

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

The basis for the model is the Ford Transit bus, in which Winnebago will install an electric motor (supplied by a third party) and a battery pack.

The company claims a range of up to 200 kilometers, while providing electric air conditioning, refrigeration and water heating systems. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of range, it isn’t; Winnebago says that about half of the campers travel less than 320 kilometers to the next campsite. So while some owners are fine with this, others will need to fully charge at least once along the way. Of course, the long haulers can still buy an internal combustion Winnebago.

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Ram teases his entry into the realm of electric pickups

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

Still to hear from – until now – was news of an electric Ram.

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

Ram also claims that the system will provide a range of up to 800 kilometers. The Silverado EV offers a range of 640 kilometers (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 is currently being assembled at a General Motors plant in Korea that also makes the Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer, plus the Buick Encore and Encore GX.

The Sleuth hears that the factory is preparing for another small gasoline-powered hatchback-style vehicle. If that’s true, it could mean Chevrolet will introduce a new, price-leading hatchback to fill the gap left by the outgoing Spark. That’s a pretty big “power” given the market’s demand for small commercial vehicles, which Chevrolet already makes, of course.

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The Aston-Martin DBX will add a higher-performing model, the 707, with 155 more horsepower than the base model's 542 horsepower.  PHOTO: ASTON MARTIN

The Aston-Martin DBX will add a higher-performing model, the 707, with 155 more horsepower than the base model’s 542 horsepower. PHOTO: ASTON MARTIN

Aston Martin unveils an extra fast high car

The British-based luxury automaker recently added the DBX commercial vehicle to its lineup for 2022, equipping it with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 that delivers 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

While that should be enough to satisfy most Aston Martin customers, those craving more can wait for the DBX707 to launch as a 2023 model later in the year. It gets bigger turbochargers plus other tweaks to boost power to a solid 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet.

A 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) time is claimed in 3.1 seconds and the top speed is 193 (310 km/h). Of course, you won’t accelerate as fast if you’re towing up to 5,940 pounds (2,700 kilograms), which is the DBX707’s maximum rating. Both models are mated to nine-speed automatic transmissions.

PEAKS AND VALLEYS

DOWN: Kia Sportage PHEV Model Announced The brand’s 2023 compact commercial 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 turbocharged 1.6-litre 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 range of 50 kilometers (electric only).

Kia's 2023 compact commercial vehicle, the Sportage, will be available in a petrol and hybrid version later in 2022.

Kia’s 2023 compact commercial vehicle, the Sportage, will be available in a petrol and hybrid version later in 2022.

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 as a 2023 model at the end of 2022. Details remain scarce, but all signs point to a 6.5- liter V-12 engine with battery support.

– written by Wheelbase Media

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