Alfa Romeo’s upcoming SUV has been spotted testing under a modified Fiat 500L body. The Mercedes-Benz GLC rival is expected to go on sale in late 2016.
The new Alfa SUV is set to inherit a shortened version of the Maserati Ghibli platform. The mule has a shorter wheelbase which means that the production model should be some 300mm shorter than the Maserati donor car, at around 4.65m long.
Alfa will offer the option of V6 petrol and diesel engines with MultiAir four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines also in the pipeline. These will be the first diesels to use the MultiAir variable valve timing and lift technology and will help the motors meet new EU6 pollution laws.
According to the British media, there have also been unconfirmed rumours that the top of the range Alfa engines will feature ‘developed by Ferrari’ sub-branding. The Alfa SUV will get the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the Maserati range, but a manual transmission looks less likely.
The new Alfa Romeo SUV is expected to be sold in both rear and all-wheel drive versions, featuring the same drive system as the Quattroporte Q4. It will have a distinctly sporting brief, being more of a spiritual competitor to the dynamic Porsche Macan than the more bohemian Mercedes-Benz GLC.