Alfa Romeo has today confirmed that it will produce a hotted-up performance version of its yet unnamed SUV (pictured here in disguise undergoing testing).
Speaking to CarAdvice at the Frankfurt motor show today, the brand’s Chief Operating Officer of Europe, Africa and Middle East, Alfredo Altavilla, simply said “definitely, yes” when asked if Alfa Romeo would build a performance version of its upcoming SUV, and “Yes” again when asked if it would be a Quadrifoglio version.
The upcoming SUV, which is expected to be based on the Giulia platform, will likely make its debut in the middle of next year and share the sedan’s engine configuration and drivetrain, which means it will be available as rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models.
Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio-enhanced SUV will be powered by the same 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 found in the Guilia, which produces around 380kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
In the Guilia’s case it can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 307km/h, which will mean the SUV version should be able to do the same dash in the low 4s.
Fiat Chrysler (parent company of Alfa Romeo) CEO Sergio Marchionne has previously confirmed that Alfa Romeo would launch 8 new models by 2018, the SUV would be one of those models.
That should see the Italian brand’s current global sales of 68,000 units (in 2014) reach to around 400,000 by 2018.