The Italian brand has Reid Bigland as the American unit leader, a figure of growing importance across the top roster at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. And this means we can take for granted his comments about the upcoming Alfa crossover.
Bigland says that following the introduction across dealerships of the midsize Giulia sedan, which is tipped for the late first quarter of next year for the Euro-spec and late second quarter for the North American model, the next big thing on the brand’s agenda is the upcoming crossover. The Giulia – which could also receive a limited slip differential on higher performance models – should arrive in US dealerships in summer 2016 – both in its base configuration and the flagship high-performance Quadrifoglio guise.
The executive pointed the new Alfa Romeo crossover will only be slightly larger than the current BMW X3 and would be ready for an introduction in the first part of 2017 – possibly even faster in Europe. The automaker will look for unrivaling performance as far as the zero-to-60 and Nürburgring times go, as well as the usual Italian benchmark styling that we have already grown accustomed to. “It’s well underway; we’ve shown the car to our dealers, but it’s got to be right before we bring it to the market. Look for it to have peerless performance, technology, and really gorgeous Italian design and style to set it apart,” said Bigland. By the way, the benchmark in Nurburgring SUV performance has been set so far by the larger Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, with its record currently at 8 minutes and 14 seconds. So far the name has not been discussed, added the Alfa boss and we could see the crossover make its first public appearance early October next year during the Paris Motor Show.