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Alfa Romeo Aims to Take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class with Baby SUV

Alfa Romeo Aims to Take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class with Baby SUV

Italian automaker’s SUV family is now taking shape

Spurred by the popularity of the Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo is planning to build not one, but two new SUVs. One of these two models is a smaller SUV that will compete against the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-Class, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC40. Among other things, the baby SUV will be launched with hybrid tech and Level 3 autonomous driving technology.

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A 600-Horsepower, Topless Alfa Romeo Could Be In The Works

A 600-Horsepower, Topless Alfa Romeo Could Be In The Works

Don’t sleep on the possibility of seeing a convertible version of the GTV Coupe

Alfa Romeo’s plan to flood the market with 26 new and updated models is well-documented. We also know that at least two of those models will be the scintillating 8C supercar and the Giulia Quadrifoglio-based GTV Coupe. Now it looks like a third performance model is in the works, specifically a convertible version of the aforementioned 600-horsepower GTV Coupe that will be released more than a year after the coupe version drops and takes all our money away.

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What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

What Do We Know About The New Alfa Romeo 8C?

Up To 800 Horsepower, A Monocoque Chassis And Sub-3 Second 0-62 mph time

It would seem that the most important goals for any manufacturer today are continuity and clarity. If you do cheap cars, do only them. If you do sports cars, focus only on them. If you are premium, adapt to what the people think is premium and push.

Alfa Romeo had a problem with its mission, vision, and continuity. Since the Eighties, it seems to have shifted its vision two or three times basically confusing buyers when it comes to what the brand truly represents. Now, it is eager to find its footing with what it should have done all along - sports character, upscale styling, and premium nature.

At a press conference held earlier this year Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Maserati and Alfa Romeo said: “We know our future depends on staying true to our sports car roots. We have learned that when we stay true to Alfa DNA, we can stand out in any segment.”

Thankfully, the brand seems to have found what it wants to be the best at. To communicate this noble vision to the automotive lunatics and solidify brand recognition, Alfa Romeo has to do some extraordinary things. Having the Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was only a start. Now, the company needs to go further, and that further comes in the shape of the 8C.

Recently, the late Sergio Marchionne hinted at the new 8C only months before his death. Moreover, the plan FCA displayed in June clearly showcases a planned super sports car called the 8C, and it will appear in the next three or four years.

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The New Alfa Romeo 8C Could Be An 800-Horsepower Supercar Stalker

The New Alfa Romeo 8C Could Be An 800-Horsepower Supercar Stalker

This could be the Alfa that we’ve all been waiting for

Alfa Romeo’s plan to bring the back the 8C nameplate has come with a lot of speculation about its presentation. The prevalent buzz surrounding the model is that it’s going to be a supercar of some sort. As it turns out, though, it could be more than just a supercar. The new Alfa Romeo 8C could be an 800-horsepower hybrid monster, debunking previous rumors that said that it would “only” have 700 horsepower on tap.

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2020 Alfa Romeo GTV

2020 Alfa Romeo GTV

The Italians join the premium coupe market

Rumors about Alfa Romeo planning to make a two-door coupe version of the Giulia surfaced the web as soon as the sporty sedan hit the market. It took the Italian firm about two years to confirm that a coupe is indeed underway, but not everything is as we expected. To be more specific, Alfa Romeo will use a coupe to revive the GTV nameplate.

Not only that, but it will be offered as a Quadrifoglio that will be more powerful than the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan. To top things off, it will have a mild hybrid drivetrain and an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. The coupe will most likely arrive in 2020 when the Giulia sedan should have already received its mid-cycle facelift. Let’s find out more about what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2022 Alfa Romeo 8C

2022 Alfa Romeo 8C

Italian automaker’s plan for a supercar could shake up the whole segment

The Alfa Romeo 8c is returning after an eight-year absence, and it’s going to look and perform a lot differently than its limited-run predecessor. Early plans inside Alfa Romeo indicate that the new 8C is being packaged as a 700-horsepower supercar that will be able to compete against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. There’s no timetable yet on when the new 8C will arrive, but it should make its way into our lives before 2022, at least if it ends up happening.

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Alfa Romeo is Ticking our Senses With Plans to Build a 700-Horsepower 8C

Alfa Romeo is Ticking our Senses With Plans to Build a 700-Horsepower 8C

That’s just one of the many plans that the Italian automaker has in the pipeline

FCA has confirmed plans to bring back the Alfa-Romeo 8C, this time with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, mid-engine configuration, electric front axle, and at least 700 horsepower.

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The Top 5 Cars We're Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years

The Top 5 Cars We’re Excited To See From FCA in The Next Four Years

There’s a mix of sports cars, SUVs, and a whole lot more

It wasn’t that long ago that the late Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled a massive four-year plan for all the auto brands belonging to the American automaker. There were a lot of announcements involving brands like Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, RAM, and Maserati. Some of the announcements were expected, but there were also some announcements that left a lot of people surprised and excited for what’s to come. All in all, more than 25 new vehicles are being planned over the next four years, including the five models that we’re most excited to see.

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Word Has it That there's a V6-Powered, Alfa Romeo 6C in the Works!

Word Has it That there’s a V6-Powered, Alfa Romeo 6C in the Works!

If true, the 6C would slot above the 4C and become Alfa’s halo performance car

Alfa Romeo isn’t messing around. On the heels of launching the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, the Italian automaker is reportedly at work developing a new model that will slot above the 4C. The model is set to be called the 6C, a nod to the number of cylinders it has in its engine. Alfa is eyeing a 2020 launch for the 6C so expect the coupé to make its debut sometime before that.

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The SUV Invasion Continues: Alfa Romeo Plots a new Flagship SUV with Electrified Drivetrain

The SUV Invasion Continues: Alfa Romeo Plots a new Flagship SUV with Electrified Drivetrain

It’s the first of three models that will continue the company’s rebirthing

Alfa Romeo has slowly rebirthed itself into the automaker it once was, or maybe even a better automaker than it once was. And now, joining the 4C, Giulia, and Stelvio will be another SUV – one that will sit at the top of the lineup and serve as the ultimate people hauler. On top of this news, is news that it will also be the first of three new models planned and the first Alfa to feature an electrified drivetrain.

Of course, that electrified drivetrain isn’t exactly a coincidence or a choice of pleasure for the brand. On the contrary, it’s actually a requirement. See, this new SUV will be the largest ever created by Alfa, and with emissions regulations running rampant, a mild hybrid will be a necessity if it will maintain Alfa Romeo’s typical, performance-oriented DNA and still hit emissions regulation targets. According to AutoExpress it could even deliver some 400 horsepower.

Roberto Fedeli, the Chief Technical Officer for Alfa Romeo, said, "The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger? We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. A plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance, a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything."

Of course, there’s more to this story, so keep reading to find out what’s coming next…

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Alfa Romeo 4C Being Largely Revamped for 2019

Alfa Romeo 4C Being Largely Revamped for 2019

Updates include improved suspension, handling, and possibly a new engine

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a polarizing car. On the one hand, it has one of the best designs of any sports car on the market. On the other hand, it’s been panned for having an awkward ride and poor handling abilities. But don’t think that Alfa Romeo is throwing the 4C to the wolves; on the contrary, it’s doing the opposite. The Italian automaker is planning an overhaul of the 4C sports car that would include improvements in its steering and suspension to go with a new engine. Just don’t expect it to come with a manual transmission. Apparently, that ship has sailed.

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This Alfa Romeo Model May Not Be Dead Yet

This Alfa Romeo Model May Not Be Dead Yet

Trademark of Giullieta name in the US could be a preview of things to come

It may not mean much in the long run, but Alfa Romeo’s recent trademark application of the “Giulietta” name in the U.S. could be a sign that the Italian automaker is doubling down on its push to be relevant in the business again. According to Car and Driver Alfa’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, filed a trademark application for the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Now what this means is anybody’s guess at this point, but it is worth mentioning that Alfa Romeo does have a hatchback model in its future plans, something we all learned about when the company unveiled its updated five-year plan back in 2016. At that time, the “mysterious hatchback” was being penciled in to debut sometime between 2017 and 2020. It’s not clear if this future hatch will still carry the Giulietta name, but the possibility of that happening is a lot more real now that FCA has filed a trademark application for the name. It would be better though if we got any sort of updates from Alfa Romeo itself beyond its typical PR spin. As it stands, the company is making some noise on the back of how well the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV have been received. But those two models can’t continue to carry the weight for Alfa Romeo. At some point, they’re going to need a third model to share in some of that burden. Whether that model is the Giulietta or not remains to be seen. But if this trademark application bears fruit in the end, we could be seeing the Giulietta in U.S. shores sooner than later.

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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Coupe

Alfa Romeo’s answer to the M4 and AMG C63 Coupe?

Once considered one of the greatest sports car manufacturers in the world, Alfa Romeo struggled to survive in the 1990s and 2000s with subpar, mostly Fiat-based products. Fortunately, the 4C arrived in 2013 to prove that Alfa Romeo can still develop potent, lightweight sports cars and signaled a revival that seems very far away. Having also returned to the U.S., Alfa made two more important steps toward a better future with the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio crossover. The former is aimed at the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the Italian firm also rolled out an impressive alternative to the M3 and AMG C63, dubbed Quadrifoglio. And it seems like the next logical step is for Alfa Romeo to launch a coupe version, aimed at the 4 Series/M4 and C-Class Coupe/AMG C63 Coupe.

The Italian company has yet to officially confirm such a vehicle, but word has it that Alfa Romeo already has one on the drawing board. And to be honest, a two-door version of the Giulia is more than necessary if Alfa wants to compete with the big German three. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz are offering coupe versions of the 3 Series and C-Class, while Audi is trying to keep up with the A5.Rumors also claim that the two-door Alfa Romeo will be called the Giulia Sprint, a moniker that goes back to the mid-1950s, but until we get some confirmation about that, we will dub this car the Giulia Coupe. And, until our paparazzi stumble across any test cars, we’ve created a rendering of what should be a very sexy two-door.

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Alfa Romeo's Pursuit Of More SUVs Could Make Or Break The Company

Alfa Romeo’s Pursuit Of More SUVs Could Make Or Break The Company

It goes without saying that the Stelvio has a lot to live up to

You might say that Alfa Romeo has regained some of its footing in the auto industry after releasing the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Both have been well-received across the board. You might even say that it’s back with a vengeance, words that I don’t take any particular issue with. But the truth is that Alfa Romeo still has a lot of work to do before we can say that it’s ready to compete against its more established rivals. The Giulia, for all of the rave reviews it has received, has posted disappointing sales numbers so far. If sales of the sedan don’t pick up anytime soon, the pressure now shifts to the Stelvio to be as good as the hype says it is and the two upcoming SUVs that Alfa Romeo has on the docket.

The two SUV models will occupy two different markets with the first one – the Kabal – setting up residence in the compact SUV segment. The other SUV – the Castello – will be much bigger than both the Stelvio and the Kabal as it joins the seven-seater SUV segment. Neither of the two SUVs have been officially confirmed, so plans could still shift depending on how successful the Stelvio is. For now, it looks like the Stelvio will have a go in the SUV market by itself, and the pressure is now on the SUV to be successful from the get-go, something that the Giulia sedan has struggled with.

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Don't Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

Don’t Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

Italian brand is said to be focusing its attention on the Stelvio SUV

You can tell that Alfa Romeo is in a good place when the problems it’s having involves deciding between two models that are going to be received well by the public. Apparently, that’s the predicament the Italian automaker finds itself in with the Giulia Sportwagon variant and a report from Car Magazine reveals that the Italian automaker is dropping plans to build the wagon variant of the Giulia because it wants to focus its attention on the Stelvio SUV.

Speaking with the news outlet, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla explained that the Giulia Sportwagon, while appealing for a number of different reasons, wouldn’t make sense since the Stelvio already captures a lot of the features and capabilities that the Giulia Sportwagon would have had in case Alfa Romeo decided to green light it. In his own words, Altavilla added that the Stelvio “can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the [Giulia Sportwagon].”

While there is some point to Altavilla’s explanation, it’s still a little surprising that Alfa Romeo would do anything to quell the momentum that the Giulia has generated since it was launched in 2016. The positive reception of the sedan reignited interest in the once-struggling Italian brand and the momentum has swelled to the point that we’re now in line to see the Giulia Sprint, a two-door coupe variant that’s expected to compete against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and Audi RS5. Adding a Sportwagon variant would have helped round out the Giulia family as that model would have been able to directly line up against the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate and compete against those variants independently.

Turns out, we’re not going to see that anymore because Alfa Romeo isn’t even going to cross that bridge. Again, the explanation behind the decision to drop the Giulia Sportwagon makes a lot of sense at the moment. Let’s just hope that for Alfa’s sake, it won’t come back and bite them in the future.

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Is America Getting Another Variant Of The Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Is America Getting Another Variant Of The Alfa Romeo Giulia?

Leaked documents seem to point in that direction

There once was a time when Alfa Romeo’s presence in the North American market consisted of nothing more than wayward dreams and nonexistent aspirations. Times sure have changed because the beleaguered Italian marque is making a headstrong push towards relevancy in the U.S., and at the heart of this push is the well-received Giulia sedan.

Right now, the Giulia comes in two forms here in this region. There’s the entry level, 280-horsepower, Ti version and then there’s the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its menacing 505-horsepower capabilities. But what if neither variant suits you? Is there a mid-tier variant that can bridge the gap between the two models? Well, if documents obtained by Auto Evolution come to fruition, we could very well see a new version of the Giulia hit the U.S., one that will carry a more potent output of 350 horsepower, enough to bridge the 225-horsepower gap between the Ti and the Quadrifoglio. Some might say it’s actually more like a canyon-sized gulf.

The table’s been set for the 350-horsepower Giulia to make a significant impression on the U.S. market, especially if the Ti and Quadrifoglio variants live up to the hype they’ve been generating. It’s also possible that the 350-horsepower will carry the “Veloce” name, which is already being used by Alfa Romeo in the European markets to denote a more luxurious trim level sans any performance upgrades. It’s admittedly confusing to get two market-specific Giulia Veloce variants with different power outputs, but it’s excusable if you’re a company that’s looking to make some serious headway in one of those regions.

Obviously, a U.S.-spec Giulia Veloce isn’t a sure thing until Alfa Romeo says it is. But this report is nevertheless exciting to hear, especially for fans of the Italian brand who have long waited for it to once again become a major player in the U.S. market.

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Alfa Romeo Exec Sets Bar High For Next-Gen Models

It all starts with the Giulia and the Stelvio SUV

Given Alfa Romeo’s tenuous status in the auto industry these days, you would think that it wouldn’t be making any bold proclamations to put even more pressure on the brand. But FCA Australia’s new CEO, Steve Zanlunghi, apparently isn’t shy about setting the bar high for the Italian automaker, telling Car Advice that Alfa’s future models would be “comparable towards Maserati-type brands.”

There once was a time when such a statement was accurate. But Alfa has been stuck in the mud for quite some time now and its current status is largely hinged on how successful the Giulia sedan and the upcoming Stelvio SUV are going to be. It’s a lot of pressure for two models to carry, but Zanlunghi is confident enough that both models can be competitive relative to their expected rivals and that they can bring the brand back to prominence in time for the other four models that are scheduled to arrive by 2020.

“With the next generation of Alfas that are coming out, as you will see in Giulia first, I don’t think it’s more about cost but [instead] aligning ourselves with where we are going to perceive where the competition is, based on the product,” Zanlunghi pointed out.

On the one hand, it’s a bold statement to make. On the other hand, it can also be seen as the ultimate shot of confidence given to a brand that needs it. Either way, Zanlunghi’s comments are a testament to the goals of the Italian automaker and where it sees itself relative to the competition in the future. Only time will tell if Alfa can get there, but at least there are people within FCA who are confident enough to speak on those goals and set those expectations at a high level.

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Alfa Romeo Shows Signs Of Life, Six New Models In The Pipeline

Alfa Romeo Shows Signs Of Life, Six New Models In The Pipeline

The Italian automaker still has a pulse!

Alfa Romeo may have discontinued plans of developing a successor to the 4C sports coupe models, but not everything is doom and gloom over at Turin, Italy as a leaked product plan posted on Italian forum Auto Pareri reveals the Italian automaker’s plan to launch six new models between 2017 to 2020, including two SUVs and a pair of “specialty” vehicles.

According to the post, the plans were revealed in a presentation that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gave to its investors, pointing to a future that may not be as bleak as we thought. The six new models also includes a hatchback model that could point to a replacement for the existing Giulietta and a full-sized sedan that could sit above the upcoming Giulia and serve as the automaker’s flagship model. Taking into account the exits of the Giulia and both 4C variants, Alfa Romeo appears to be looking at building a nine-model lineup by 2020. No specific timetable has been given for when any of these new models will be released.

The diversity in the product lineup not only helps build the case that FCA still has a lot of faith in Alfa Romeo, it also reinforces the notion that the Italian automaker is pushing forward with its own plan to become a bigger player in the industry. The two SUVs, in particular, would beef up the automaker’s presence in that segment as they are likely to join the Stelvio in offering a three-tier model lineup. The full-sized sedan would also add some meat to the company’s offerings in the sedan market, although it must be said that there’s a noticeable absence of an entry-level sedan in the entire product plan.

Whatever comes out of this plan, it’s safe to say that talk of the company’s perceived demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Alfa Romeo Shifting its Focus; Shreds Plans for Larger Roadster

Alfa Romeo Shifting its Focus; Shreds Plans for Larger Roadster

Italian automaker is putting a premium on sales above everything else

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles once had big plans for Alfa Romeo as it saw massive potential in the once-proud Italian automaker. That may still be true today, but in light of the sales struggles of the 4C Spider and the subsequent reports that Alfa was scrapping a successor for the model, the Italian brand is once again on the verge of another major product reshuffle with the company turning its focus on the Giulia midsize sedan, the Stelvio crossover, and a larger crossover that will compete against the likes of the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

Lost in the new plans are successors to both the variants of the 4C, as well as a bigger roadster that was supposed to share in the Giulia’s powertrains, and a flagship sedan that was being billed as a possible rival to the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6. A compact model to succeed the Alfa Giulietta is still under consideration but there’s been no indication on which side FCA brass is leaning on.

So for now, the company will set its sights on promoting the business out of the Giulia and all of its derivatives, including the 503-horsepower Quadriofoglio, and the Stelvio midsize crossover. The Giulia is expected to arrive in the U.S. at the tail end of the year and the Stelvio has been tapped to make its long-awaited debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in preparation for a release in the early part of 2017. A coupe version of the Giulia is also in the pipeline as is a bigger SUV, which will share its underpinnings with the Stelvio.

The new product timetable is a good sign that FCA isn’t prepared to throw in the towel with Alfa Romeo. On the flip side, it also shows that the automaker’s margin for error is getting thinner by the day.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

The compact Alfa Romeo wagon could make a comeback after more than five years

Introduced in June 2015, the Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s brand-newcompact executive sedan and the company’s first competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in five years. The four-door revived the iconic Giulia nameplate, last used in 1978, and takes over from where the Alfa Romeo 159 left off in 2011, when the Italian automaker decided it no longer needs a compact. However, the Giulia is more than just an updated 159, featuring modern underpinnings, a premium interior, and powerful drivetrains that make it a worthy rival for the mighty 3 Series and C-Class. Unlike its predecessor, it also received a high-performance version that will compete against M3 and the AMG C63.

Although, for the time being, Alfa Romeo has only launched the sedan and the high-peformance QV model, more versions are likely underway. Having more than one body style for a nameplate is crucial in the current market, and the Italians need at least two more versions to stand a chance against its German competitors. One variant is the station wagon, which is still significantly popular in Europe. The second one is the two-door coupe, which would go against the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but in the meantime we will talk about the grocery getter.

It’s a bit too early to say when the Giulia wagon will hit the market given that production of the sedan has barely commenced in 2016, but an official introduction is likely in 2017. A confirmation could occur by the end of the day, but nothing is certain right now — especially with no prototype spotted on public roads yet. Despite this, I am confident that Alfa Romeo is indeed working on a successor for the 159 Sportwagon and our artist created a rendering to go with the speculative review below.

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Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back The Brera As A Replacement To The 4C

Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back The Brera As A Replacement To The 4C

It could be the Alfa we never knew we wanted

The Alfa Romeo Brera was a front-wheel drive sports car that the Italian automaker built from 2005 to 2010. Despite garnering a handful of awards, the Brera wasn’t the seller that Alfa hoped it would be. Only 21,661 units were sold in its lifetime before the company decided to axe the model entirely. Fast forward six years later and there’s talk that Alfa is looking into dusting off the Brera name as it searches for a name for the eventual successor of the 4C.

According to Autobild, the “new” Brera will have some notable differences from its namesake, most notably the switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive being considered as an upgraded option. The sports car will also make use of the same platform that currently underpins the Giulia, which would make sense considering how heavily invested Alfa is to its existing premium sedan. Should the company proceed with this plan, the Brera will carry a front-mounted engine as opposed to the mid-engine layout of the 4C.

Speaking of the engine, details an engine-sharing scheme with the Giulia is possible, although power levels will be tuned differently to fit the specific needs of both cars. In the case of the Brera and its status as Alfa’s new sports car, expect the company to gear the car towards a more power-oriented profile with the possibility of using the same 2.9-liter turbocharged engine found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. The sedan has 505 horsepower on tap, so if the Brera were to use it, that output could be a little more than what the Giulia has.

Needless to say, all of this still subject to a lot of approvals from inside Alfa Romeo. But with the 4C already entrenched in its lifespan, it makes sense for the Italian automaker to begin looking ahead on its possible successor. If the Brera does get the green light, it could lineup against some of the segments notable heavyweights, including the Mercedes C-Class Coupe and the BMW 4 Series.

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Fiat Chrysler Files Trademark For The Name "Kamal"

Fiat Chrysler Files Trademark For The Name "Kamal"

The Kamla moniker could be used to name a future Alfa Romeo crossover/SUV

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made no bones about its plans to add a full SUV lineup for Alfa Romeo and just recently those plans have taken a step forward as the automaker filed paperwork to trademark the name Kamal. Details behind the name are understandably murky at this point, but all signs seem to point to the Kamal being used for one of the planned Alfa Romeo SUVs.

It’s worth noting that Alfa Romeo has already used the Kamal name before. Back in 2003, Alfa debuted a crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show bearing the name. As to which crossover will get the Kamal name, that’s unclear too. FCA has been known to keep things like this close to its vest, but if recent proclamations are any indication, the Kamal could be used together with the previously known Stelvio SUV to make up two-thirds of Alfa Romeo’s SUV lineup. A third model, likely to be the family’s full-sized SUV, is expected to join the lineup further in the future.

Then again, FCA could just revisit history and use the Kamal name on a concept, much like what happened 13 years ago in Geneva. If there’s anything we know about Alfa Romeo, it’s that delays and revisions are all par for the course for the automaker. For one, Autoblog says that there’s still no trademark for the “Stelvio” name in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s database, so the trademark filing for the Kamal name could still be used in a variety of reasons.

What we do know is that FCA wants Alfa Romeo to have a crossover/SUV lineup at some point in the near future. When that will happen is still anyone’s guess and even with news of this trademark filing, it appears that we’re still no closer to finding out answers to that question.

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Alfa Romeo Announces Stelvio Name For New SUV

Alfa Romeo Announces Stelvio Name For New SUV

Production to start in late 2016 with first models out in 2017

Alfa Romeo’s long awaited yet often delayed SUV has finally been given a name. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne officially christened the SUV with the name “Stelvio”, a reference to a famous mountain pass located in Northern Italy.

Marchionne spoke to Auto Express during a recent factory tour in Italy and one of the most important points he mentioned was Alfa’s plans for its future SUV. According to the boss himself, the Stelvio will focus primarily on being one of the best of its class in on-road ability. From a technical standpoint, the SUV will use a modified version of the Giulia’s all-new architecture, providing engineers the flexibility to offer a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines for the vehicle, as well as rear- and all-wheel drive systems.

The Stelvio, code named Tip 949 D-SUV, will be part of a range of models that the company plans to launch by 2020. The company initially set that timetable for 2018, but with a planned reduction in manufacturing, product investment, and research & development expected to go through until 2018, Alfa Romeo deemed it more practical to hold off the completion of the mass product launch for another two years. That said, the timetable for the Stelvio is still expected to push through.

Technical details are still being kept under wraps, but there have been some hints coming out of Alfa Romeo that points to a variety of engine options, including a 2.2-liter diesel, a 2.0-liter gas unit, and a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6. The V-6 is the same engine found under the hood of the Giulia, and could be badged as the model’s Quadrifoglio Verde version. Expect to hear more details about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the coming months as the preparation for its production phase begins.

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