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Alfa Romeo first SUV shaping up

Alfa Romeo first SUV shaping up

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

The rebirth of Alfa Romeo will begin later this year with the unveiling of the eagerly awaited BMW 3 Series-rivalling Giulia saloon. But the brand isn’t content with just one new model; it’s also set its sights on the booming SUV market. Alfa’s first-ever SUV will arrive in 2017 to give the current line up of MiTo, Giulietta and 4C a much-needed boost. The new car will take an upmarket approach as it aims squarely at the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

To the untrained eye, it looks like any other pre production prototype 500L, and the bulbous body cladding doesn’t give us many clues as to how the production model will look. But beneath the boxy body, a rearwheel drive chassis and new four cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will serve as a basis for the upcoming SUV.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa’s trademark triangular grille will intersect the two-tiered front bumper design, while turbine alloy wheels and muscular haunches are a nod to the car’s sporting potential. The high waistline and coupe-like profile make it more style-led than an Audi Q5, but a trade off for this is likely to be less practical interior packaging, with compromised rear headroom and a slightly smaller boot. Still, making sure the Alfa performs as well as it looks will be a new family of powerful four-cylinder engines, as well as turbocharged V6 petrol and diesel units,
which will also feature in the upcoming Giulia saloon. Power could range anywhere from 200bhp up to 500bhp in the flagship models, with automatic gearboxes likely to be the only transmission option.

 

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Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

The spy shots of the test mule also revealed that the SUV was fitted with independent rear suspension, which will help iron out bumps and deliver a smoother ride. The new rear-wheel-drive chassis shared with the Giulia can also be adapted to offer four-wheel drive,
suggesting the SUV could deliver some mild off-road capability.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

 

 

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