The ‘Sport Luxury Car’ (a working codename that will be replaced before production) is described by De Tomaso as a large all-wheel drive crossover, clearly styled in the mold of the BMW 5 Series GT.
Designed by famous Italian artists Pininfarina, the SLC is, to be honest, a little underwhelming.
The front, while clean, lacks the character and emotion we expect from red-blooded Italian designs, while the back is a flat, bland, American-looking slab.
The interior shows a little more potential, with an intricate diamond pattern stitched into the leather seats, a large display screen and a sweeping centre console.
The SLC promises to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, however, with three high-performance engines to power the vehicle from launch: a 184kW V6 diesel, a petrol-powered 221kW V6, and a range-topping 405kW V8.
De Tomaso initially plans to build 3000 SLCs per year and prices are expect to range from 100,000 euros to 130,000 euros ($135,000 to $175,000) when it goes on sale, potentially towards the end of this year.
Those after a more traditional Italian sports car should not lose all hope, however, as De Tomaso plans to follow the launch of the SLC with a sedan and a coupe, promising better performance and sleeker styling.
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