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The Italian automaker announced that the most expensive and powerful version of the Junior subcompact crossover with the Veloce prefix, equipped with an electric powertrain, is undergoing final tests before entering the market. At the same time, it became known that the Junior Veloce electric motor produces 280 horsepower, which is 40 more horsepower than originally expected.

The launch of the new Alfa Romeo crossover on the market was accompanied by a small scandal. Initially, the model was presented with the name Milano, but under pressure from Adolfo Urso, the Minister of Industry and Production of Italy, the brand had to rename it. Urso pointed out that the Milano could mislead consumers, since the crossover is not produced in Italy, but in Poland. As a result, Alfa Romeo opted for the name Junior (literal translation – “junior”), which indicates the positioning of the model.

Junior debuted in two versions: the hybrid Ibrida and the basic electric Elettrica. Later, Alfa Romeo promised to introduce two more options – the all-wheel drive hybrid Junior Ibrida Q4 and the top-end electric Elettrica Veloce. The news concerns precisely the latter, which will be not only the most expensive, but also the most powerful crossover in the family.

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The suspension of the Alfa Romeo Junior Veloce will use stiffer anti-roll bars, disc brakes with a diameter of 380 millimeters with four-piston calipers will be installed on the front axle, and 20-inch wheels will be offered for the crossover. The company says the electric cross will have the sharpest steering in the class with a 14.6 gear ratio.

A single electric motor is installed on the front axle and produces 280 horsepower and 345 Nm of torque. The estimated battery capacity is 54 kilowatt-hours, so the Junior Veloce is unlikely to boast an impressive range. Dynamic characteristics have not yet been declassified.

As for the regular electric Junior, it is equipped with an electric motor with a capacity of 154 horsepower, and a battery with a capacity of 54 kilowatt-hours provides 410 kilometers in the WLTP cycle without recharging. Such a crossover can already be ordered; it costs from 39,500 euros (3.68 million euros at today’s exchange rates).

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