The Alfa Romeo SUV is slated to appear in showrooms as early as 2016—yet few teasers and details have emerged on the strange specimen. At this point in the game, we can merely see some Maserati-based mules out testing and make our best guesses at potential powertrain options. There are also some sexy renderings, but they may not convey the actual end result when it comes to outward appearances.
The Alfa Romeo SUV is looking decent at this stage in its life cycle, but the burning question remains: What will lurk under that shapely bonnet? Best guesses indicate the following possibilities:
The Alfa Romeo SUV platform at a glance:
- The same powertrain as the Maserati Quattroporte Q4? It is shorter than the Ghibli, but could offer decent power if overall weight is kept down.
- Rear and AWD options with a likely Sport Mode.
- Turbo V6 petrol and diesel variants with MultiAir variable valve timing and lift.
- Some say: The range-topping Alfa Romeo engines may be developed by Ferrari.
So what is the back-story to the Alfa SUV? The brand is working hard to solidify a spot in the highly competitive luxury SUV arena. Securing a name for yourself among players like Maserati, Land Rover, Bentley and others clamoring for top spot is not an easy task, which is why a little aid from Maserati will not hurt. FCA owns both Maserati SpA and Fiat SpA, and Fiat owns Alfa Romeo.
There is also a Maserati SUV in the making, based on the full-bodied Ghibli platform. With so much to look forward to, we certainly hope they can accelerate toward the launch dates and end the suspense!