Alfa Romeo SUV set for 2016 debut

Alfa Romeo SUV
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19 Nov, 2015 3:00pm Steve Fowler

Alfa Romeo's BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rival to follow the Giulia saloon it will be based on, with 5 Series and X5 rivals to follow

Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia saloon, due to eventually arrive in the UK in about twelve months’ time, will be swiftly followed by an SUV sister car, according to an Alfa insider.

The Giulia SUV is likely to debut in the Spring of next year and follow the saloon onto the market in early 2017. Like the Giulia, the SUV will sit on Alfa’s new platform that will eventually be stretched into a new 5 Series-rivalling saloon and a larger SUV that will target the BMW X5.

Like the saloon, we’d expect the SUV to feature a 2.2-litre diesel engine – recent leaked documents have suggested it’ll be available in the Giulia with 150 180 or 210bhp. A new GME (Global Medium Engine) 2.0-litre petrol unit producing either 200bhp, 250bhp or 280bhp is also likely to feature in both models, while eventually we may even see a hot version of the SUV using the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 from the launch Giulia with up to 500bhp.

Reports have suggested that the Giulia has been delayed, but Auto Express understands that work has simply been slowed to allow development of the new SUV to catch up with that of the saloon. Alfa is keen to cash in on the huge global demand for SUVs as soon as possible, especially in the two markets it’s targeting for growth: China and the US.

The launch of the new wave of global Alfas is also casting doubt over the future of the Giulietta hatchback, with sources from within Alfa suggesting that it’s replacement will be ‘something different’ – possibly a Qashqai-sized SUV.

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