Alfa Romeo and its two new SUVs
We are currently in the early stages of the Alfa Romeo revival, after the firm nearly called it quits and packed up its things. We were close though, as Alfa has only been producing two hatchback and very sensible cars for the last couple of years, but that is changing.
The 4C sports car was really the turning point, signalling that the brand has the ability to look past absolute financial dire straits and produce something frivolous that speaks to the Alfa Romeo brand; rather than a car all about units moved per year.
Another Spider-esque sports car will also be added very soon, along with a 3-Series competitor, and later, towards 2016 and 2018 there will be a duo of SUVs as well.
The SUVs will fit the X3 and X5 size requirements respectively.
Alfa’s SUVs are interesting because the demand for larger utility vehicles is unquenchable the world over, and would give the once great Italian vehicle manufacturer a contender in that market. After such a cautious start we are sure that Alfa Romeo is playing it slow and steady with these new cars, and making sure that they will be profitable.
So much so that both of these cars are actually rebrands; the X3-sized vehicle will be a twin of the Fiat 500L and Jeep Renegade, while the X5-sized Alfa will share a platform with the Maserati Levante.
The smaller of the SUVs will receive a set of unique engines and transmissions, while the Levante twin will most probably share those with Maserati as well, and only differentiate itself in terms of interior and exterior styling.
Not too much is known about what engines Alfa has been working on in its absence. The four-cylinder 1750 TBi engine which serves the 4C will probably see an evolution and service in the X3-sized SUV, but there is nothing above it until we arrive at the Ferrari -erived V6. It has so far been promised to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which is meant to produce 375 kW, but it would seem senseless to detune that engine for a lesser model.
No matter what though, we are happy that Alfa Romeo is back as a full blown car manufacturer, and we are sure that we are not the only ones!