Two new SUVs are included in Alfa Romeo’s plan to launch eight fresh models by 2018, and revive the ailing Italian marque.
Alfa Romeo is expected to offer a mid-size Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival first (shown here in our exclusive picture) in 2016, as this is the fastest-growing sector for premium SUVs, and potent engines would give Alfa a fighting chance of battling the Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan.
To ensure it goes as well as it looks, Alfa’s developing a family of four and six-cylinder engines for its growing line-up. The range-topping petrol V6 turbo is set to develop up to 500bhp, while the brawniest diesel will churn out 350bhp, eclipsing the 309bhp Audi SQ5.
A Volvo XC90-sized flagship is likely to be the second SUV to join the range. Both cars will be based on Alfa’s all-new rear/four-wheel-drive architecture, reported to offer 50:50 weight distribution and finally give the brand the hot-hatch handling characteristics to match BMW and Jaguar.
Of course, this being an Alfa, styling is a top priority, and our exclusive image shows how the company intends to seduce customers away from its German rivals with its low-slung roofline, angular front and bulging arches.
Alfa's plan also includes a new BMW 3 Series rivaling Alfa Romeo Giulia in late 2015, and a larger 5 Series rival. The Alfa 4C Spider is also expected to go on sale later in 2014, while the new Alfa Romeo Spider (a joint project with the next-generation Mazda MX-5, built in Japan) could now be badged as a Fiat or an Abarth, after Marchionne claimed no Alfa will ever be built outside of Italy as long as he is in charge.
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