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There’s nothing quite like an all-new Alfa Romeo, especially when it looks this good. You can check posts on various online forums about the reliability of Alfa Romeo cars from classic to new having questionable reliability, but while there are people with that line of thinking, there’s no denying just how good-looking they are. The all-new Alfa Romeo Milano looks stunning, and with it being the company’s proper first foray into the world of EVs, it has loads of new tech and features added in. “Sporty at heart, compact in size and Italian style at first sight” is how Alfa Romeo describes it. The new Milano has compact dimensions; 4.17 m long, 1.78 m wide and just 1.5 m high and it has balanced proportions with stylistic features like the limited overhangs, the muscular wheel arches, and the iconic ‘truncated tail,’ which is a nod to the legendary Giulia TZ. The front features a bold front look with ‘3+3’ and adaptive Full LED Matrix headlights. There are differences between the regular models that are divided into the Elettrica, the Ibirda and the Veloce, but there’s also a Milano Speciale launch edition for those brave enough to buy into the company’s new technologies. Inside these Alfas you’ll find the finest materials and a great layout with all the controls within the driver’s reach. The sports seats do what they need to, they’re motorsport-derived Sabelt sports seats featuring an enveloping backrest that combines high mechanical resistance, perfect ergonomics and structural lightness. The Milano Elettrica features a Hybrid Synchronous Motor with the latest-generation battery and it’s available in two power versions, 156 or 240 hp. The Milano Ibirda can be had in front-wheel drive or Q4 all-wheel drive, and it’s a hybrid with a 136 hp 48-V Hybrid VGT (Variable-Geometry Turbo) and a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder motor. The electrical component consists of a 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a 21-kW electric motor built into the innovative 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which works together with the inverter and transmission control unit to ensure maximum efficiency.

The top-of-the-range launch version, the Milano Speciale features the 240 hp powerplant and features Progresso badging, matt sports finishes with accents in the new Brera Red paint, 18-inch Petali alloy wheels, a Spiga vinyl and fabric interior, a leather steering wheel, and an electrically operated driver’s seat with massage function. There’s 8-colour interior lighting marking out the air vents, central tunnel, and the iconic Telescope. The Milano Speciale also offers Level 2 autonomous driving, connected navigation, a 180° rear camera, a hands-free electric tailgate, a keyless entry system and an 11-kW three-phase onboard charger, to ensure the best charging performance in all situations. The all-new Alfa Romeo Milano looks to be something quite special, and we’re hoping it's one of those models that will offer up a trouble-free ownership experience. While the car has Italian styling, an Italian name and represents all the best bits available from a well-known Italian automaker, the powers that be in Italy aren’t fans of the car. After reading a bunch of things online, it seems they were more upset about the Italian name given to the car. In the minds of these chaps, Italian names and Italian-sounding names have to be given to products that are actually made in the country. While the all-new Milano encompasses everything Italian, the cars are not manufactured in the country. Nope, these all-new Italian creations come from Poland, they’re built in the company’s Tychy plant in Poland and they’re the first Alfa Romeo models entirely produced in another country. It’s actually forbidden by Italian law according to a 2003 legislation that targets Italian-sounding products that aren’t produced in Italy. This makes us wonder if the Milano will be given a new name for the Italian market, although the Tychyo doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Take a look at the YouTube video from the crew at Top Gear as they take a proper close look at the all-new and first EV from Italian automaker Alfa Romeo. The Milano certainly looks the part and has all that typical Italian styling and awesomeness, even though Italian top brass don't approve: FIRST LOOK: New Milano SUV is Alfa Romeo’s First EV! | Top Gear

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