According to a product-planning document, in 2013 the Italians from Alfa Romeo will unveil the long-speculated SUV.
The unconfirmed-yet SUV will be based most probably on the actual Jeep Grand Cherokee and will target models like Audi Q5 and BMW X3. However, according to Autocar, it will be built on Fiat’s Compact Plus Global Modular Architecture which is based on the Giulietta platform but is extended to support all-wheel drive.
But back in November 2010, Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said the Grand Cherokee “architecture has legs. It’s important for us to tap all of the hard work that has gone on inside Chrysler on the new Grand Cherokee,”.
Engine choices will include a 1750 TC GDI with an output of around 200 PS (147 kW), a 140 PS 2.0-litre JTDm diesel unit, and a 3.3 liter variant of Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 with around 275 PS (202 kW). More variants featuring a new 3.0 liter V6 diesel may follow later.
Total production will be an ambitious 280,000 units a year – 100,000 of which will be for the Alfa SUV for which Fiat hopes to split sales 50:50 between Europe and North America.