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Click above to view high-res gallery of the Alfa Romeo Kamal concept

If Alfa Romeo is to make a successful return to the North American market, it will need to rely on more than its sexy Italian image. On these shores, that means two contradictory elements are needed in its line-up: sport-utes and green tech. Towards that end, Alfa's newly-appointed CEO, Fiat Group wunderkind Luca de Meo, has confirmed two new developments for the company. The first is the production of a sport-utility or crossover vehicle. The second is a start-stop engine system, possibly to be bolstered by hybrid technology borrowed from parent company Fiat.

The crossover, previewed by the Kamal concept at the 2003 Geneva show, is scheduled to debut in 2010. It is anticipated to be based on the 159 platform, which already supports Alfa's Q4 all-wheel-drive system and offers a range of gasoline and turbodiesel engines. Upon its arrival to market, the new Italian SUV will face tough competition from Germany's best compact SUVs, including the Mercedes GLK, BMW X3, Volkswagen Tiguan and Audi Q5.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like Hyundai.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whether or not they should make an SUV... I think that nose actually looks better on the SUV than most of their cars (even though most of the cars are still sexy).

      But seems to me that they're a little late to the SUV party anyway... with fuel costs and energy conservation and all that in mind...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Except for the nose, it looks like the Infiniti FX
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saucy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry to break it to you guys but Americans no longer want SUVs. CNBC had a story on it here's the link
      http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=749082113&play=1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Americans still want SUVs. They just want them to be smaller and car-based, so they can call them CUVs instead. It's all marketing, really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the kamal = sex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is zero need for this vehicle whatsoever, and it will kill their initial credibility, it is not like they have the heritage of Porsche in the US market. If Alfas are being driven around by gum-smackin Jersey soccer moms in NYC, Alfa will have a lot of trouble.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Blasphemous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. And for some odd reason, the front end makes me think of a Fisker...
      • 6 Years Ago
      No more SUV's please!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Didn't Alfa Romeo already released an SUV here in USA? Oh yeah, it was called an 06-07 Subaru Tribeca and it was actually designed by one of Alfa designers therefor the similarities of the snout. Tribeca received so much criticism here in USA that it had to be redesigned for 2008.

      Just proves that Americans are the most brand conscious customers that the world has ever seen because I bet if that Tribeca had an Alfa badge on it, everyone would be saying how it is sex on wheels.

      Anyway, Alfa and SUVs do not mix, but I guess since Porsche did it then there is nothing sacred in this world anymore. It's all about money, always was but in todays day and age people don't have any limits as to where push the boundaries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *sigh*

      And they were one of the last holdouts. At least we still have Jaguar...
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