Alfa Romeo crossover

13 Aug, 2012 4:29pm

Latest spy pictures reveal the new Alfa Romeo crossover is on track for a 2013 release

We’ve got fresh pictures of the new Alfa Romeo crossover, hiding under a Giulietta body. The newcomer is one in a series of new models based on the flexible CUSW platform that underpins Alfa’s family hatchback and is set to arrive in 2013.

The car will be powered by Fiat Group engines, consisting of turbocharged four-cylinder units. Most popular will be the 2.0-litre MulitJet diesels, which will produce upwards of 140bhp, while MultiAir petrols will also be available. Buyers will be given the option of both two and four-wheel drive.

The new car will play an important role in revitalising Alfa Romeo’s range – which is now down to just the MiTo and Giulietta the UK – and will aim to cash in on the popular crossover market, currently dominated by cars like the Nissan Qashqai.

It will also appear as a new compact Jeep model, which is designed to replace the Patriot.

Expect to see the Alfa Romeo crossover make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, while the Jeep variant is expected to be at the Detroit Motor Show in January.

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i don't understand fiat's strategy... you hold several brands and each has its place in the motor world. why the hell should alfa make crossovers? its like having a donkey, but deciding that the cat will pull the wagon....
alfa, please spend your energy on bettering your small and mid-sized sport cars....

The answer Omri is because this isn't an Alfa SUV. It's Jeep's replacement for the Liberty, which will be based on an enlarged Giulietta platform called CUSW. These have been testing in the U.S. for a while now.

This is an Alfa, they've done an SUV concept before, and to be honest everyone was expecting this move. Even Maserati and Lamborghini have followed the trend into the SUV market, and with good reason, everyone now wants a stylish SUV after the popularity of the Evoque. It's gonna sell, and that's what's important in Fiat's strategy.

A stylish MPV? Surely this does not exist and, als, these pictures don't suggest this vehicle will be any different. A pity for Alfa Romeo, along with the DS series are amongst the few hopes for avoiding naffness on the one hand and dullness on the other.

SUV not MPV!
And just look at the Range Rover Evoque! That certainly works, just as Alfa Romeo are planning to pull off.

And yes while you mention it I love the DS range, especially the DS5!

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