Chrysler builds two new crossovers for Alfa Romeo
If Alfa Romeo denied rumors about a future SUV then why has Chrysler decided to build two of them under the Alfa Romeo name? Both models will be built in the US with the first model being based on the Giulietta and launching in 2012. The second one is based on the Jeep Cherokee with a debut set for 2014.
The two SUVs are internally known as CSUV (Project 921, CXover possible model name) and D-SUV led (Project 931, model name DXover possible). Both models will be built on the so-called C/D-matrix platform that will also be used for a few other Alfa Romeo models in the future. With approximately 4.6 meters, the Giulietta version will be about 30 centimeters shorter than the D-SUV.
The smaller version will only be offered with four-cylinder engines, with base version using a 115 HP 1.6-liter engine version and the top model using a 1.8-liter engine with 140 HP. A 200 HP Quadrifoglio Verde will also be offered. The Diesel version will include a 1.6-liter engine with 120 HP and a larger 2.0-liter engine with 140 or 170 HP.
At its launch, the DXover version will be offered with a 2.8-liter V6 with 197 HP and a new 3.0-liter V6 with 225 HP at first. A 273 HP 3.3 liters V6 engine will be available at a later date.