Fiat Chrysler is planning a major expansion for the Alfa Romeo brand, so naturally, they’ll need an SUV to help bring the types of customers into showrooms that the Giulia sedan and 4C sportscar can’t. Little is known about the incoming crossover, however Car & Driver recently sat down with Alfa Romeo’s North American boss Reid Bigland at the LA Auto Show, who revealed some interesting info in regards to the upcoming SUV.
Earlier this year we posted some well done renderings of what the Alfa Romeo SUV could look like, and from the sounds of it, the artist may have gotten the proportions and size of the vehicle just right. Bigland revealed the vehicle will be “just a little bit bigger than a BMW X3,” and will have “really gorgeous Italian design,” which we predict will be not too dissimilar from the Giulia’s.
Bigland also said the SUV will have “peerless performance when it comes to zero-to-60 and Nürburgring times,” hinting at a potential high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde model variant. That model would likely share many parts with the Giulia QV, a car that has also set new segment benchmarks in regards to on-paper performance and Nürburgring lap times.
If you like the way all this sounds, and we’re sure you do, you’ll have to stay patient. Bigland says the car won’t be around until “early 2017,” or “maybe earlier in Europe,” but added that its “well underway,’ and that dealers have already gotten a peak at it.