Alfa Romeo confirms Italian-built SUV based on new Cherokee by 2015

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 8, 2013

It has been confirmed that by 2015, Alfa Romeo will produce an all-new Italian-built SUV, according to the automaker’s UK chief. This SUV will be based on the all-new Jeep Cherokee, which made its debut at the New York Auto Show this year. A Telegraph report revealed that the new Alfa crossover will be built on the same underpinnings as that of the Cherokee and that this vehicle will be "absolutely, 100% an Alfa Romeo."

The Alfa variant will be available in either front- or all-wheel drive. It’s also believed to have almost the same looks as the 2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept.

If it’s true that an Alfa Romeo SUV is being developed, it’s suggestive that the Fiat and Chrysler are working on some sort of circular engineering. Both the new Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee are based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Even when Chrysler’s engineers revised and widened the chassis for their own different purposes, it remains to be an Alfa platform.

Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne is eager to revive Alfa with several new products as the worldwide sales of Alfa have declined in the past few years. Alfa will use the 4C mid-engine sports car to relaunch the sporty brand in several markets around the globe such as the U.S.

At around the same time as the SUV is launched in 2015, Alfa will offer a new Spider model assembled by Mazda and based on the next-generation MX-5. It’s not yet known for sure if the Alfa version of the Cherokee will follow the 4C and the Spider to the U.S. market.

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