Alfa Romeo made a big splash, recently, with its upcoming Giulia sports sedan. The Giulia is meant to compete directly with the BMW 3 Series and should be a worthy competitor. It’s light, fast and gorgeous. So BMW might need to be worried about it, as Alfa is known for making great sports cars. However, one area that Alfa is not famous for is making SUVs, something BMW has been doing for some time now with great success. But that isn’t stopping Alfa from trying.
Alfa Romeo seems steadfast in its attempt to break into the mainstream market, lately. So it’s readying two SUVs that will compete with the BMW X3 and X5. The latter will be based on the same platform as the upcoming Maserati Levante, but the former will be based on a smaller Jeep/Fiat platform, possibly the same one as the Jeep Cherokee. Alfa’s X3 fighter has just been caught driving around in test-mule form. It’s far from a finished product, as it looks to be a heavily disfigured Fiat 500L. This body is likely just a quick Frankenstein body to help test the powertrain and drivetrain and will probably have nothing in common with the final product.
Speaking of powertrain, there’s no word on what sort of engine will power this upcoming Alfa Romeo SUV, but it’s likely to use some form of the turbocharged V6 used in the Giulia and Maserati Ghibli. It could also have the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 1.7 liter turbocharged four-cylinder as well. There are also rumors of a Quadrifoglio version of this SUV to be coming as well.
Alfa Romeo’s bread and butter has always been making cars that speak to the emotion of the driver, not necessarily the sensibilities. That’s something the Germans do very well, as Germans are about as pragmatic as it gets. And SUVs are rarely the kind of machines that touch on emotions, so this is probably an area where Alfa might falter a bit to the Germans. Alfa Romeo was always the plucky little brand that made cars more desirable than the rest, but I’m not sure how well it will do in the SUV game. We’ll have to just wait and see. But it will probably be one of the best looking SUVs in the segment when it finally debuts.