Alfa Romeo to launch BMW X5 in addition to X1 rivals
Alfa Romeo Stelvio as imagined by Autocar
With recent trends leaning towards SUVs, Alfa Romeo can be set to dip its toes even further into This particular hotly competitive market
Alfa Romeo‘s next all-completely new cars are likely to be dictated by the rapid growth of the highly profitable SUV segment – starting with the Stelvio mid-sized SUV, in addition to potentially growing to include all-completely new larger in addition to smaller types.
The Stelvio will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November before going on sale in mid-2017.
Alfa Romeo CEO Reid Bigland says the item will stand out by rivals such as the BMW X3 through a combination of better driving dynamics, more advanced technology in addition to more emotive styling. “When people drive of which car,’ they will understand we are being true to the Alfa DNA,” said Bigland.
Beyond of which, Bigland declined to confirm any completely new types, however conceded: “The whole world can be gravitating to SUVs. A few years ago an Alfa Romeo or Maserati SUV might have been sacrilegious, however right now? the item makes sense to give customers what they want. We must keep an eye on consumer preferences.”
Asked if an SUV could be Alfa Romeo’s halo type, potentially displacing the launch of a BMW 7 Series-rivalling type above the Alfa Giulia, Bigland added: “10 years ago I’d have said we need the saloon to credibly take on the Germans. right now, the explosion in growth of SUV sales improvements of which. I’m not saying we don’t do the saloon, however the item might not be next on the list.”
A larger, BMW X5-sized SUV or a coupé-styled edition of the Stelvio have been mooted for launch in 2018, having a smaller X1 rival also believed to be under discussion. While Bigland refused to talk about specific types, he insisted of which driving dynamics might be key to any completely new launches, probably ruling out a seven-seater.
“Whatever car Alfa Romeo makes must stand apart for its agility, noise in addition to general driving experience,” he said. “A large SUV can work in of which space – the Maserati Levante proves of which – however the item’s a 5, not seven-seater.”
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