Alfa pins hopes on sporty Sports utility vehicle
Alfa Romeo will ultimately go into the lucrative Sports utility vehicle market late the coming year having a model that’ll be essential to the long run success of the trademark under Fiat possession.
Codenamed C-Sports utility vehicle and previewed within Autocar’s artist’s rendering, the brand new Sports utility vehicle will require on the kind of the BMW X3 and also the Audi Q5.
Its arrival can’t come in no time for Alfa Romeo, which Fiat has conceded to investors needs “significant additional work” if it’s to become repositioned like a volume manufacturer to rival Audi and BMW in Europe and, over time, The United States.
See Autocar’s sketch from the new Alfa Sports utility vehicle
Using the niche GT, Brera and Spider models now stopped, Alfa sells just four models in Europe: the Mito and Giulietta, as well as the ageing 159 saloon and estate.
The 2 159 models is going to be substituted with the brand new Giulia range within the first quarter of 2013, along with a new five-door Mito follows within the same year, and so will the flagship 4C sports vehicle. Annually later the Giulietta will receive a facelift prior to the new range is finished having a large Jeep Grand Cherokee-based Sports utility vehicle.
Fiat first revealed its plans for Alfa Romeo after its merger with Chrysler this past year. By 2014 Fiat expects Alfa Romeo to become selling 500,000 units each year, an extreme increase in the 112,000 it offered this year. In comparison, Audi offered 125,700 units in March 2011 alone.
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The C-Sports utility vehicle would be the first new Alfa Romeo since last year’s Giulietta. It’s presently scheduled to enter production at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Turin at the end of 2012 alongside its sister vehicle, a brand new Jeep which will replace both Compass and Patriot compact SUVs.
Annual production of these two cars at Mirafiori is going to be 280,000 units. Alfa will require no less than 100,000 – half for Europe and half for that US.
As our sketch reveals, the style of the Alfa Sports utility vehicle will blend both Mito and Giulietta cues, particularly in front finish, using its exaggerated grille. This theme, first seen around the 156, will continue into all Alfa’s imminent new models, such as the 4C and Giulia.
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Underpinning Alfa’s first-ever off-roader is going to be Fiat’s Compact Plus Global Modular Architecture, a long form of the Giulietta’s platform that supports four-wheel drive.
Fiat hopes the C-SUV’s underpinnings will ensure it is probably the most dynamic on the highway in the class. Senior Fiat engineers have stated that regardless of the platform’s modularity, it can nonetheless be tuned for Alfa’s sporty driving dynamics.
High-strength steels can be used for 90 percent from the platform, and light-weight crash structures feature front and back. The MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension set-up features extensive utilization of aluminium in order to save weight. Off-road performance is going to be in the Nissan Qashqai finish from the class as opposed to the Land Rover Freelander’s.
This allows for greater differentiation between your Alfa and Jeep sister cars, using the latter marketed at individuals who’ll from time to time place their cars off-road.
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Both front-drive and all sorts of-wheel-drive versions from the Sports utility vehicle is going to be offered. Just like the Giulia, the SUV’s gas engines will utilize Fiat’s Multiair 2 technology to provide low CO2 emissions and improved gas mileage and gratifaction.
The diesels may benefit from Fiat’s Multijet 2 technology, which fits with Multiair in induction and combustion to considerably reduce NOx pollution.
Entry-level engines will probably incorporate a new 1750 TC GDI gas unit with around 200bhp along with a 140bhp 2.-litre JTDm diesel. The number-topper might be operated by Alfa’s forthcoming 273bhp 3.3-litre form of the brand new Chrysler Pentastar V6, which may be mated to a different torque-vectoring all-wheel drive transmission. Expect the C-Sports utility vehicle range to become performed by 220bhp and 250bhp versions of the new 3.-litre V6 diesel.
The C-Sports utility vehicle continues to be earmarked like a key vehicle for Alfa’s US relaunch in 2013. But Fiat delays before the 4C is within production, in 2013, before you take Alfa to the united states the very first time since 1995 since it knows success there’s vital for Alfa’s durability. The 4C, that could be built in america, will be a fine flagship inside a country still intrigued with the Alfa Spider in the 1960s film The Graduate.
Fiat Chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne is targeting 85,000 Alfa sales each year in america from 2014. Such is Marchionne’s need to get Alfa’s relaunch in america right he lately accepted to investors he didn’t such as the Giulia’s initial design, forcing a delay which will push the car’s launch to spring 2013.
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