Details on the upcoming Alfa Romeo crossover have surfaced.
According to a recent report, Alfa Romeo’s first-ever crossover will debut at a major auto show next fall and will head to U.S. dealerships in 2016 if all goes as planned. The new crossover currently doesn’t have a name, but sources close to the project have confirmed that it will not resemble the Kamal concept which debuted over a decade ago at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show.
Aimed to compete with the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, the crossover will ride on a version of the Maserati Ghibli’s platform, though it will be shortened for the compact model. For the U.S. market, the Italian automaker will outfit the crossover with new four- and six-cylinder engines that will actually make their debut in the upcoming Giulia sedan. The crossover will come rear-wheel drive as standard with all-wheel drive available as an option.
For the European market, expect Alfa Romeo to offer the crossover with a diesel engine as well as a manual transmission, but those will unlikely be available in the U.S. Those hungry for performance will be excited to hear that a twin-turbo V6 model with around 500 hp and input from Ferrari is also in the works. The new model is part of the company’s plan to sell 400,000 cars annually by the year 2018.
GALLERY: Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept
[Source: Auto Express]
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