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Alfa Romeo Giulia-Based SUV Due Next Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/4/2015 Jason Udy

We've been hearing about a possible Alfa Romeo SUV for years now, but it looks like the plan is finally sticking. Development of the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia-based SUV is on track, according to a new report. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, confirmed to analysts on a conference call that preparation work for the brand’s second new model is complete.

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“Alfa’s plan is progressing as we told you it will go," Marchionne said on the conference call, reports Automotive News.

Although the company hasn’t confirmed what its second model will be, supplier sources indicate that it will be a midsize SUV. Code-named project 949, the new Giulia-based SUV will compete with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, according to the report.

European sales of the new SUV could begin in September or October next year, while U.S. sales are expected to follow three months after. Production of the Giulia sedan will begin in the fourth quarter this year, confirmed Richard Palmer, CFO of FCA. The Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan, which will compete against the BMW 3 Series, will be officially revealed at the Frankfurt auto show in September. European sales of the Giulia will begin toward the end of the first quarter of 2016 with U.S. sales coming a few months afterward.

The Giulia sedan and the new midsize SUV will be built off the automaker’s new rear-drive Giorgio architecture and could underpin other FCA products including future Chrysler and Dodge models. Following the debuts of the Giulia and new SUV, Alfa is expected to build a larger sedan to compete with the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series sedans.

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