In a live web seminar with TheTelegraph in the United Kingdom, Alfa Romeo’s head honcho for the UK division, Damien Dally has confirmed that an Alfa Romeo SUV is on the way. This is due in part to Fiat’s acquisition of Jeep, which has opened up a “whole portfolio of technologies” wherein many of Fiat’s other subsidiaries could now base any future SUV plans using technology that exists in current day Jeeps.
“There will certainly be an [Alfa Romeo] SUV in the next two or three years,” Dally said to TheTelegraph.
In other words, Fiat can now utilize Jeep platforms because they own part of Chrysler, who owns the Jeep brand.
Fiat’s and Chryslers relationship is pretty well established as the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is based on the same modular platform as the Dodge Dart and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. That said, there is a chance that the new Alfa Romeo SUV could be based on this platform and will utilize a range of engines and either front- or all-wheel drive.
Dally didn’t comment on the styling, though TheTelegraph says the new SUV may be based on the 2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept.
On the flipside, Alfa Romeo is also still reportedly due to release a new Spider roadster in 2015 as part of a collaborative effort with Mazda. Word is that the new Spider will be closely related to the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Alfa is also supposedly in the works with an Audi A4/BMW 3-Series competitor as Dally said that Fiat’s Sergio Marchionne is “absolutely exacting” in ensuring that this competitor can do its job as intended. A launch date sometime in 2014 is expected.
– By: Chris Chin
Source: The TelegraphUK