Alfa Romeo is conducting final adjustments to tune the release of the first SUV in its history. It hit the market next year
S erg Marchionne , CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that the second new model of the Italian brand to hit the market after the Giulia go into production at the end of the first half or early second half of next year.
Marchionne confirmed the news on the sidelines of a conference held on Thursday to discuss the second quarter results of Chrysler Fiat plans are evolving as planned call. Although not explicitly stated confirmation that this is the SUV, but related Mark providers sources indicate that the SUV is on its way.
This is a product which for now is known for its internal code 949 , that when it comes to market will become a rival to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The same sources indicated that the SUV will be based on the Giulia sedan and its arrival in the European markets is planned for late 2016, while landing in the United States will be a few months later.
The First Alfa Romeo SUV will be known next year.
The ratio of the SUV Alfa Romeo and has over 10 years , as it dates back to the 2003 Alfa Romeo, when they showed the first prototype of Kamal. But by then he could never overcome the stage of conceptual work, unable to materialize his arrival in production.
But now things were carried out in a different way, and as Marchionne says, a huge capital injection led to the creation of the new platform that called Giorgio , which lays the groundwork architecture to take all the new family of products RWD as well as new propulsion systems.
In addition, the executive said that the Giorgio platform may also be used for other rear-drive models in the product family of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Although not specify which will be possibly Dodge brand are the strongest candidates.
Meanwhile Richard Palmer , CFO of FCA confirmed that the Giulia go into production in the fourth quarter of this year, and is scheduled to arrive in European showrooms in February emes, then its passage through the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Later becoming the flagship of Alfa Romeo sedan to compete against the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 , although this must await the end of 2017. It will also be a second SUV , larger and a new generation or a substitute for the Giulietta to 2018.
In Marchionne plans for Alfa Romeo are 8 products, which hopes to raise 70 thousand units sold annually at present, to achieve reach 400 thousand in 2018 . Today the brand is sustained by only two models: Giulietta and MiTo as the 4C is a product of low production