Alfa Romeo SUV, Coming Next Year
I wonder why they had to wait that long, but next year it will finally be launched, Alfa’s very first SUV. Codenamed “C-SUV”, it will rival with top dogs in the SUV segment, like the Audi Q3 and the BMW X3. It will be the company’s first new model since the Giulietta, which was launched last year.
Now, Alfa Romeo only sells four models in Europe: the funky Mito, Giulietta, along with the sedan and estate versions of the ageing 159. The latter will be replaced in the first quarter of 2013 by the new Giulia range, along with an all-new 5-door Mito in 2014. In addition, Alfa will also roll out its flagship model, the 4C sports car. In 2015, the facelift of the Giulietta will be launched, before a Grand Cherokee-based SUV will go into production.
Getting back to the SUV, it will most likely go into production in late 2012 at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, alongside with its sister car, a new Jeep which will replace the Patriot and Compass models.
280,000 units will be made at the factory and approximately 100,000 of them will be Alfas, which will be sold equally in Europe and the United States.
The sketch (courtesy of Autocar.co.uk) you see here shows us that the Alfa SUV will most likely borrow some design cues from the Mito and the Giulietta, especially in front, with that exaggerated grille, which we will probably see on the Giulia and the 4C.
Alfa’s first SUV will be underpinned by Fiat’s Compact Plus Global Modular Architecture, which in fact is an extended version of the platform used for the Giulietta that supports 4WD. 90% of this platform will consist of high-strength steels, along with front & rear lightweight crash structures. The suspension configuration consists of a MacPherson strut (front) and a multi-link rear, benefiting from aluminum which reduces weight. As far as the off-road abilities are concerned, it will be more like a Nissan Qashqai, rather than a true off-roader, like the Land Rover Freelander.
Alfa Romeo will offer its first SUV with both FWD and AWD versions. Similar to the Giulia, the power units which will be available for the SUV are expected to benefit from the Multiair 2 technology, courtesy of Fiat, which offers better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Regarding diesels, the engines will get Fiat’s Multijet 2 technology, which will work with the Multiair in induction and combustion, reducing NOx pollution.
The smallest engine will most likely be a 1750 TC GDI gasoline plant that will produce about 200 hp, along with a 2.0-liter JTDm diesel that delivers 140 hp. The top-spec engine might be an all-new 3.3-liter that cranks out 273 hp, which is in fact a new Chrysler Pentastar V6 engine.
Stay tuned for more information about Alfa’s upcoming SUV.
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