Alfa Romeo aims to compete with Audi Q5 and forthcoming Q3 with a brace of new SUVs

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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7 July 2010

Oh for Pete's sake, just make the smaller one if you really must have an SUV and give your future line up the coupe it really needs.

7 July 2010

It makes sense to build one off the new Grand Cherokee to give an X5 sized competitor. That would be cheaper I imagine than building a new one off of the Giulietta

7 July 2010

[quote fhp11]It makes sense to build one off the new Grand Cherokee to give an X5 sized competitor. That would be cheaper I imagine than building a new one off of the Giulietta[/quote] They are planning that the platform under the giulietta will end up in Jeep/Chrysler products though, from 2012 or 2013 onwards I believe. Therefore any Jeep Patriot/Compass replacement could be mechanically very similar to a small Alfa SUV, saving money in the process.

7 July 2010

And people question the RR Evoque and it's relevance to the RR brand..... hmmmm

7 July 2010

Sigh.

On the bright side, if these trucks can revitalise Alfa's finances the way that the Cayenne did for Porsche, I am willing to forgive them for it. As long as they make up for it by building a proper new Spider and a decent Brera replacement.

7 July 2010

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Sigh.

On the bright side, if these trucks can revitalise Alfa's finances the way that the Cayenne did for Porsche, I am willing to forgive them for it. As long as they make up for it by building a proper new Spider and a decent Brera replacement.

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Agree with that but with the caveat they don't market them in Europe - fat chance I know!

As for basing one on a Jeep platform, economics aside, talk about snatching derision from the jaws of respect...

7 July 2010

Alfa Romeo is a dealership I am alway happy to visit, but just as happy to leave without buying anything. There is something too compromised about their vehicle packaging, and too uncertain about their reliability.

7 July 2010

If they make anything that looks like their Kamal concept I can,t wait.

7 July 2010

No No No! Alfa's USP is that they are sporting and beautifully styled. It should possible to make the brand profitable by exploiting this niche and not trying to be all things to all people.

7 July 2010

What Car and most other reviewers sum up the problems with Jeep as "coarse and crude". Basing an Alfa SUV on such a platform would be a recipe for disaster. It's a worry that Fiat group with its lack of money is going to put out new products based on flawed existing models rather than bringing in new improved cars to market.

Ford did a money saving exercise with the Jaguar X and S types putting them on Mondeo and Lincoln platforms and nearly killed the brand.

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