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by Brett Davis

In accordance with Fiat’s plans, Alfa Romeo will expand its range in the near future to include a new SUV to rival the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The new SUV is codenamed the Alfa Romeo C-SUV and could enter markets by late-2012.

With the 147, Brera, GT and Spider models slowly being phased out, the new model is expected to kickstart a range of new cars to enter the company’s showroom in the coming years. A 159 replacement is also being planned, set to be called the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which will go on sale in 2013.

Also coming sometime in 2013 will be a four-door version of the Alfa Romeo Mito, and the production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. A Giulietta replacement is expected to follow in 2014.

Back to the Alfa C-SUV though. Reports say the new model will be developed alongside a new Jeep SUV which is planned to replace the Patriot and Compass. It will also be produced at Fiat’s Mirafiori production plant in Turin, like the Jeep model.

According to plans, the company aims to produce more than 100,000 of the Alfa SUVs per year, with 50 percent of them allocated for the European market and the other half for the US. The model’s introduction to the US will be held off until the company’s official relaunch, which will take place in 2013 with the 4C sports car.

Reports say the C-SUV will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive layouts and be based on an extended version of the Giulietta’s platform, from Fiat’s Compact Plus Global Modular Architecture.

  • filippo

    So sad. Porsche lost 80% of its credibility when it launched it’s “whore model”, the awful Cayenne. Now it seems that Alfa is following suit. What’s next? A Ferrari people-mover?

    • Shak

      And their sales increased almost 50%. While i agree with you that the car is hideous, and against everything Porsche stands for; it is the sort of car that is needed for Porsche to keep making the brilliant cars it could make.

      • filippo

        If selling your soul is justified because it brings economic advantages, then you could also argue that Alfa should rebadge Protons. This would also increase their sales.

        • Al Juraj

          It’s not about how good cars are built anymore, but rather whom manufacturers can fool. Just look at Australia’s top-selling car and you’ll understand.

    • bangel

      Alpha has had no soul since fiat bought it years ago , shared rubbish floor pans , shared motors except for the great v6 , average underpowered fours .

      • Chris

        Alfa haven’t made great cars since 1970 when they started outsourcing to the russians and I actually think the Fiat buyout will revitalize the brand. The new Guilietta is a good example of this. New car, no shared platform, build quality seems to be far better. Time will tell. As for an Alfa SUV. PASS.

    • Eric

      Lambo have there Hummer eating LM002. LOL

      So you never know.

  • Tom R

    The FF looks like a stationwagon to me! We’re halfway there!

  • Westie

    Hey Filippo, don’t forget the Alfa / Nissan Arna, the Italian “built” rebadged 80s Pulsar with the ‘Sud flat four! Depending on how you looked at it, either an unreliable rusty Nissan, or a soulless Alfa. Worst of both worlds.
    Thinking a Proton wouldn’t be so much worse! At least their Lancer clone looks sorta vaguely maybe Alfa-ish on a dark night.

    • Eric

      That is ugly, I just googled it.