Alfa Romeo Works On Second, Smaller SUV
Alfa Romeo really needed a couple of statement vehicles to show that it’s back into its groove, and following last year’s launch of the 4C and the debut of the all-new Giulia, Alfa Romeo could soon start setting its sights on volume segments. There is no more volume in today’s market than for crossovers and SUVs, and during the recent introduction of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, Fiat Chrysler’s Sergio Marchionne reportedly confirmed that Alfa would be adding not one but two CUVs.
A report from Autocar says that the new crossovers will be introduced sometime between 2016 and 2018, with the larger model positioned close to the BMW X5. Even though this crossover will have a distinctive appearance both inside and out, it will share its platform with the upcoming 2016 Maserati Levante.
The smaller of the two crossovers will reportedly compete with the BMW X3 and share a platform with a new Fiat/Jeep product that has yet to be identified. The big news is that it could offer a sportier QV model with the 1.75-liter engine from the 4C under the hood. Based on spy shots, this crossover will be larger than the current 2014 Fiat 500L.
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Why it matters
Be it luxury, performance or entry-level models, automakers looking to grow market share need to get on the crossover/SUV bandwagon, and it looks like Alfa Romeo has that exact plan in mind. By 2018, the Italian brand’s lineup will boast two crossovers that share platforms with other Fiat Chrysler models.
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