Alfa Romeo is currently trying to become one of the biggest executive car manufacturers on the market and in order to do so, they want to release 8 new models by the end of 2018. The first car of this plan is the Giulia which has already been showcased a few months ago and it is expected to go on sale in the next couple of months. The second car to follow is the 2016 Alfa Romeo SUV which is expected to go into production in the mid of 2016, meaning it is closer to release than we first thought.
Release date of Alfa Romeo SUV
Many people suggested that this car would be first showcased in January 2016 in North America and it will go on sale shortly after.
There are going to be two different versions for the SUV Alfa Romeo. The first one is going to be a medium size executive crossover, similar in size to the BMW X3. This will share its platform with a future Fiat/Jeep model and it will be the cheaper of the two.
The second one will be using an identical platform to that of the Maserati Levante and it is expected to be released after the smaller version, some time closer to 2017.
2016 Alfa Romeo SUV Price
Even though the price of the smaller version has not been announced just yet, it seems that the car will likely cost around $40,000 when it will launch which is right where its major competitors are.
Unlike most of these though, the SUV Alfa Romeo is in fact going to use a front wheel drive platform which will be stretched and widened for it. This has been confirmed when a test mule based on the Fiat 500L has been spied with a longer wheelbase and a wider track as well as a stretched body.
Engine of Alfa Romeo SUV
Under the hood of the new Alfa SUV there might be a few engines to choose from. The European version is almost certainly going to use a 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine with around 160 horsepower as its base powerplant while in the United States the car will likely use the 2.4 liter Chrysler Tigershark engine which will offer a bit over 180 horsepower.
The top of the range model on the other hand will use the same engine in both markets, a 1.75 liter TBI petrol engine, similar to the one in the 4C sports car.
This time though, the engine is expected to develop more than 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Front wheel drive will be standard on the base model while the top of the range version should come with all wheel drive from starters. In any case, a 6 speed automatic transmission could be the only choice.
Exterior of Suv Alfa Romeo 2016
The exterior is currently unknown but we are led to believe that the production model of the 2016 Alfa Romeo SUV will be quite similar to the Giulia when it comes to the design of the exterior.
The front end should be very similar while in the back the car could take inspiration from the Giulietta with the big round tail lights. A sporty Quadrifoglio model will likely add sport spoilers, bigger wheels and tires as well as a sportier exhaust system.
Alfa Romeo 2016 Interior
The interior will be on par with the best in its class and even though it has not been released just yet, it is safe to assume that the car will likely offer all the premium commodities you would expect.
As standard it will come with aluminum inserts, premium cloth seats and a premium audio system, a 7 to 8 inch infotainment system with touch capabilities as well as a sporty design.
Leather upholstery, carbon fiber inserts and even a new sport steering wheel are all going to be offered as standard on the Quadrifoglio model.