Alfa Romeo will launch a brace of soft-roaders sized to compete with the Audi Q5 and forthcoming Audi Q3.

The Q3 rival is likely to be a platform variant of the new Giulietta.

The underpinnings of the bigger SUV have yet to be decided; however, a joint development with Jeep is a possibility.

Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester is hoping for a fivefold increase in the firm's global sales - from 100,000 to 500,000 annually - and the two SUVs are said to be an important cornerstone of this expansion.

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