Saab, Alfa and Citroen prepare to take on Germany’s Big 3

Germany’s Big 3, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi make up about 86 percent of the upper-class mid-size sedan market. Next year, Mercedes-Benz will drop their new 2009 E-Class while Audi will debut the high-performance version of the Audi A6, the Audi RS6. BMW, on the other hand, is working on a new 5-Series. However, Alfa Romeo, Saab and Peugeot are getting ready to take on the Big 3 with their own mid-size sedans that may give the superiors something to worry about.

Saab is working on a new 9-5 that is expected to debut in autumn of 2008, most likely at the 2008 Frankfurt Auto Show. With front-wheel-drive, the next-generation Saab 9-5 is expected to be powered by a four-cylinder engine producing up to 200 horsepower, and a range-topping 2.8 liter V6 turbocharged engine producing up to 300 horsepower. It will be based on the Aero X concept shown above.

Alfa Romeo is working on the successor for the Alfa Romeo 166 that will share a Maserati platform. Due out in late 2009, the car is expected to be powered by 2.2 liter engine producing 185 horsepower, and a 3.2 V6 range-topper producing 260 horsepower. A 2.4 liter five-cylinder diesel engine is also in the works and will produce 200 horsepower.

Peugeot is the only auto maker of the two that is set to launch their next-generation mid-size sedan before the Big 3 reveal their lineup in 2008. The next-generation Citroen C5 will make its debut at this years Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Power will come from a range of engines including Citroen’s new 2.2 liter HDI producing 173 horsepower and range-topper V6 engine producing up to 350 horsepower. A 2.7 liter V6 diesel is in the works that will be developed in partnership with Ford.

Pegueot is also said to be working on new Citroen C6 that will have a 215 horsepower V6 engine.

Saab, Alfa and Citroen seem to be coming to the market with a lot of power that should give them some strong ground to compete against Mercedes, BMW and Audi.


Source: AutoZeitung

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