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Alfa Romeo SUV to be here by 2018

Alfa Romeo SUV to be here by 2018

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

 

Work is under way on the smaller of Alfa Romeo’s two new SUV models, with early test mules already on the streets of Italy. At last month’s unveiling of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne revealed his ambitious seven-model plan for the revival of the brand between 2016 and 2018, including two “utility vehicles”.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

The two SUVs are expected to be the equivalent of BMW’s X3 and X5 respectively in terms of size and market positioning. The larger model is expected to be twinned with Maserati’s upcoming Levante, although the Alfa romeo will get its own exterior and interior design. Alfa Romeo smaller SUV will be twinned with the upcoming Fiat and Jeep medium-size SUVs. The Alfa Romeo version will use the same basic structure but is expected to get its own range of engines and transmissions.

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Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

The engineering mule seen here is a heavily modified Fiat 500L, but it’s thought to be a test bed for those powertrains. The mule’s extended rear overhang is necessary to accommodate the production Alfa’s exhaust system. It also gives a good clue as to the size of the final car, which is not expected until 2017.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

Little news has emerged about Alfa Romeo new engine lineup aside from the availability of a new Ferrari developed V6 already earmarked for the Quadrifoglio performance version of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. However, the Quadrifoglio version of the small SUV is expected to get the latest version of the turbocharged four-cylinder 1750 TBi engine used in the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car. Currently this engine develops 237bhp and 250lb ft. The updated unit is expected to better these figures while also improving fuel economy and cutting CO2 emissions.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo SUV

 

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