Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the name of the long-awaited CUV during a visit to the Stabilimento Fiat di Cassino plant in Italy today, where he also announced production of the Alfa Romeo Giulia would start there by March 14th. The Stelvio, meanwhile, is expected to enter production in late 2016 with sales beginning in early 2017.
The Stelvio is expected to use the same architecture as the Giulia compact sedan and will thus be offered in both a rear- and all-wheel drive layout. The use of the Giulia’s platform also means a similar engine lineup will also be in store, ranging from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 for the QV. A 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder should also find its way into the car in Europe.
Marchionne’s announcement in regards to the Alfa Romeo CUV comes as welcome news after the model’s launch was pushed back due to FCA’s new product strategy, which focuses heavily on expanding the Jeep brand. Other Alfa Romeo product plans, such as a new rear-wheel drive Giulietta, a full-size sedan and a seven-seat SUV have also been pushed back until 2020 or beyond.