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Alfa Romeo Milano: Why did it split the netizens into two?

The design. There’s a second reason too - it’s electric or hybrid. Even though it sports a triangular grille at the front and has not left its roots like BMW has. It represents a significant departure from Alfa Romeo's unexplainable Italian flare. However, the design and has sparked a debate, with opinions split even for the Ranvijay Singh kind of alphas.

Exteriors

Alfa Romeo is known for its beautiful cars, make us put a ring on it when it comes in red. But we are not sure about Milano, this reminds us of French, we are not going to talk French about the design for the sake of folks at Centro Stile. Let's put it this way: if you love the Ferrari Purosanguo, you'll probably like the Milano too.

The SUV comes with two different front grilles. The hybrid version gets a conventional mesh grille with a vintage Alfa Romeo badge. The fully electric version gets a bolder design, with a large Alfa Romeo crust sculpted out from a black plastic panel.

The headlights, which Alfa Romeo refers to as "3+3" lights, actually use a total of 14 DRL LEDs on both sides. The headlamp unit has a closed-bracket design that getslarger as it gets closer. 

Moving to side proportions the 20-inch alloys are breathtaking, mind you the SUV comes with 18 inches as standard for lower trims. The sides are clean and flowing, accented by wide, muscular fenders. To create the illusion of a floating roof, the rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillars and hidden by a black finish.

The rear of the Milano draws inspiration from one of Alfa Romeo's most beautiful cars, the Giulia TZ. The SUV has a Kamm tail design with a chopped rear end, However, that's how most SUVs look. The sloped rear windows look stunning for any car and the same goes here. Keeping up with the trend the Alfa Romeo Milano boasts a connected tail lamp setup.

Interior

Things get better as you get inside. Alfa Romeo claims it offers best-in-class cabin space and boot capacity. The driver's seat is the focal point of the interior, with all controls and screens positioned for easy reach. Thankfully, there are still some tactile physical buttons. The modernity is flaunted by the use of two 10.25-inches screens, one of which is the driver's fully digital instrument cluster. Each side air vents are designed in the signature four-leaf structure of quadrifoglio further showcasing the attention to detail.

Powertrain

The base electric variant of the Milano shares its battery, motor, and front-wheel drive layout with the Jeep Avenger and Abarth 600. This motor and battery pack combination produces 156 horsepower and has a claimed WLTP range of 400 kilometers. The top-of-the-line Veloce model gets dual motors that deliver 240 Italian horsepower to all four wheels; the driving range for this version has not yet been disclosed.

There is also a hybrid option available. This option uses a turbocharged 1.2L three-cylinder engine with 48-volt hybrid technology. The engine can only be paired with a dual-clutch transmission and comes in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, depending on the market. Alfa Romeo already sells a larger electric and hybrid SUV, the Alfa Romeo Tonale, in the US market.

TopGear Magazine May 2024