First Look: Alpha Saga Estate Crossover
Alpha Motor Corp. released photos of its latest concept battery-electric vehicle, dubbed the Saga Estate, last week. The prototype joins its siblings, the Saga and SuperSaga sports sedansthe Ace coupe, the Jax SUV and the Wolf pickup, all of which are battery-electric vehicles designed and marketed by Alpha and manufactured under contract.
Like the company’s other prototypes, the Saga Estate sports a face reminiscent of past performance cars, with styling cues pulled from here and there. Yet it masks an up-to-date BEV transmission.
What motivates him
The Saga Estate, like Alpha’s other models, uses its “sleek adaptive geometry architecture” and uses a 450-volt dual-motor all-wheel-drive system powered by an 85-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The range is estimated at 300 miles and can be recharged up to 80% in up to one hour using DC power. Alpha wants its Saga to be DC fast charging compatible using a combo charging adapter.
Although Alpha didn’t mention it, don’t be surprised if the Saga Estate uses the same driver assistance systems used in other Sagas, including cross-traffic alert, Blind Spot, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning.
A bigger Alpha
While the Saga Estate retains the tough, pugnacious stance of the Saga sedans, its extra length gives it a slightly more refined look. Like the other Alpha models, there is very little sheet metal on the wheel arches, giving it a classic British car stance, albeit a modern one, as its beltline arches cleanly from front to rear. back. Lightweight aluminum-alloy body panels cover the car’s high-strength steel structure with 225/65R tires on 17-inch wheels tucked under its aggressive wheel arches.
At 191 inches long, 78 inches wide and 57 inches high, the Saga Estate is 6 inches longer and 3 inches wider than its sedan counterpart and has 35 cubic feet of cargo space. And, there is also a frunk, but you probably expected that.
Inside, you’ll find seating for five and an austere modernist vibe with an aggressive horizontal dashboard interposed by a large digital center screen with Bluetooth, haptic climate and audio controls and a premium digital audio system. A digital speedometer dominates the instrument cluster.
Sounds good, but where does the company come from?
Alpha Motor Corp. was created by Edward Lee, the company’s current executive chairman and an American automotive designer with more than 18 years of experience in the automotive industry, according to the company.
The private company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and is privately funded. Plans are for its vehicles to be built through contract vehicle manufacturing in the United States and Europe, although further details have yet to be announced.
Alpha intends to develop a vehicle service network, which suggests it will use the online business model pioneered by Tesla. The company plans to guarantee its battery for at least eight years or up to 100,000 miles.
The prognosis? wait and watch
While it remains to be seen whether Alpha Motors will really take off or just become the wishful thinking of another electric vehicle startup, the company’s statements are confident.
“The company has a unique perspective that comes from experience in the automotive industry and lays out an optimal roadmap to achieve its goal,” the company said in a press release without providing details. “In 2022, Alpha Motor Corp. aims to make significant progress in vehicle production and solidly prepare for future market entry.”
Given the stunning design of their products, let’s hope that happens. But the lack of clarity about his financial situation may give some potential buyers pause.