Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that the automaker is working on an onslaught of three brand-new crossover utility vehicles: one from Chrysler, based on the Pacifica minivan; one from Ferrari; and one from Alfa Romeo, which will slot in above the mid-size Stelvio and carry three rows of seats.
Chrysler’s future crossover, which was included in the last five-year plan but was delayed, will be built on the same platform as the Pacifica minivan, and could enter production within the next 18 months. It was delayed so that FCA could make sure that they got everything right, Marchionne says, and since the original plans were hatched, there have been multiple designs.
“We’re still playing with that thing,” Marchionne says. “It’s there. We have the car designed and we’re ready to go.”
Ferrari Utility Vehicle
Ferrari’s forthcoming crossover – or “Ferrari Utility Vehicle” (FUV), as it’s been called – should be ready in late-2019 or early-2020, according to Sergio Marchionne. At this stage, all that exists are mock-up bodies – nothing drivable.
“I have seen the car when I was in Europe,” he says. “It’s not finished. It’s going to be Ferrari. It will drive like a Ferrari or I’ll be taken to the shed.”
He says he doesn’t think “Ferrari fears Alfa,” which currently has the fastest production CUV with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. In other words, whatever comes out of the Maranello brand will be faster and more sporting than the Stelvio QV.
Three-Row Alfa Romeo
Having a bigger, three-row crossover model is “very” important for Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne says. He didn’t have much else to say about the vehicle, other than the fact that it is part of the new five-year plan, and therefore, will manifest before 2022.
Marchionne’s comments came last week at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. All three vehicles constitute an important part of a five-year financial and product plan that, the CEO hopes, will leave Fiat Chrysler on solid footing when he retires in 2019. The plan, expected to be unveiled in full this June, will take Fiat Chrysler Automobiles out to 2022.
(Source: Motor Trend)