As part of the expansion of its range, Alfa Romeo plans to develop a compact crossover that is below the Stelvio in the line-up and has to challenge the German Audi Q3 and BMW X1, as well as the Volvo XC40, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-Pace.
Thus, the Alpha is about to enter the fast-growing segment of premium compact SUVs. However, the automaker hopes the smallest crossover of the brand may well become its bestseller.
Probably the baby SUV will be built on a shorter version of the Giorgio platform. The Stelvio crossover (pictured above) and the Giulia sedan are based on it. The chassis is expected to form the basis of the next generation Giulietta hatchback.
That is, unlike competitors, the Alfa Romeo compact SUV in the standard will be rear-wheel driven. The drive for all wheels will be offered as an option.
The 2019 Audi Q3 of the new generation will go on sale this fall. The future Alfa SUV should also keep pace with the timing, so it will offer, for example, autonomous third-level control technology (when the driver takes control only when performing rather complicated maneuvers). The development of a hybrid version is not excluded.
In addition to the small crossover, the company plans to create the Stelvio’s ‘senior brother’. Both will arrive in the next three years.
Generally speaking, Alpha’s plans are rather ambitious. By 2022 the Italians intend to reach the mark of 400,000 annual sales. Crossovers, of course, will help to achieve this goal.