Alfa Romeo SUV on track for 2016 debut
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Alfa Romeo’s coming new SUV model will hit its target of a 2016 debut, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne has confirmed.
Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe this week, Marchionne said that “all preparation work” on the first of two new SUVs is complete.
"Alfa’s plan is progressing as we told you it will go," he said, referring to the company’s five-year business plan revealed in May last year.
Next year’s new SUV will, like the new Giulia sedan revealed recently, enter the market as a true premium contender, aimed directly at models like the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Full details on the new SUV are still to come, although it is understood that it will ride on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new Giulia sedan.
Alfa’s last punt on an SUV occurred in 2003, with the unveiling of the Kamal concept (pictured here in photos and sketches). An ongoing run of strategy changes within the Alfa Romeo business meant that the Kamal never progressed to production.
Watch for the new Alfa Romeo SUV to debut at either the Geneva motor show in March, or the Paris motor show in October.