• Sep 4, 2009
Chrysler may not have a host of solid new products in the pipeline, but the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee looks promising. With that in mind, it shouldn't come as a great surprise that the new bosses in Auburn Hills want to take advantage of the opportunity to get an Italian version of the upcoming sport-ute on the market. According to a report from Car and Driver that goes right along with whispers we've heard through the grapevine, the 2011 Grand Cherokee could provide its underpinnings to a new Alfa Romeo SUV, rumored to be (clumsily) dubbed the Cxover/A.
While the Jeep has a rugged, go-anywhere image to uphold, the Alfa version would likely be more street-focused, taking aim at the likes of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. European restrictions would probably preclude the Hemi V8 from powering the Alfa, which, like the Grand Cherokee sold in Europe, would likely incorporate a range of diesel and gasoline V6 engines. As you can see from the rendering, adapting Alfa's curvaceous styling to the Grand Cherokee's classically rugged shape may prove a bit of a challenge, but we're eager to see the Italians give it a shot.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Instead of doing that, they should just overhaul the new Jeep's interior. The exterior is beautiful but the inside is just tacky and tasteless.

      That being said, I don't mind seeing a Cayenne competitor from Alfa.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You must be blind or are looking at the current gen' interior pics. The new one looks good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you know, i always wondered what the mito would look like on an american diet. now i know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An Alfa SUV makes as much sense as a four-door Porsche or Aston Martin; oh, wait...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The unfortunate reality is that this will be the next big hit with the soccer mom crowd. They will need something to replace their Porsche Cayennes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new GC looks great. The new 4Runner might have a strong competitor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would say an Alfa based on truck underpinnings is heresy, but Porsche has de-sensitized me for life. Next up- the McLaren SUV? The Bugatti SUV? They all sound plausible now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pfft, next thing you know, Lamborghini will make an SUV...

        *LM002 diecast falls off bookshelf, onto my head*

        Ow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is fine, because as far as I've heard, FIAT itself in the USA will be a 1-model brand - the new 500. Everything else will be shared with or sold directly under Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep. If this occurs, it will be more for markets were FIAT has a larger model lineup.
      Furthermore, the new Grand Cherokee looks simply amazing inside, outside, and under-the-hoodside!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care about Alfa SUV but this 2011 Grand Cherokee looks very nice. IMO...The nicest looking Cherokee to date!

      Considering Chrysler plunging sales, hopefully the quality of this 2011 Cherokee is good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Definitely... if Chrysler can push it out the door without quality issues I might take a closer look at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't believe this story for a moment, but let's go with it. This is beyond heresy. I don't care if Porsche did it and somewhat succeeded. It was a sign of the times--a consumer buying trend, that's all, and those kinds of vehicles are facing an ever increasing shunning by the public. But in the process, they alienated many who believe that kind of vehicle should not have a Porsche emblem on it, let alone exist at all. Ditto for the Alfa, a traditional sports car company. I don't believe Marchionne is foolish enough to do this, that is, repeat the past mistakes of others.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guess who is underpinning the Chassis for the Jeep Grand Cherokee?
      That's right, Hyundai! Hyundai Mobis has been supplying Chrysler with chassis models since 2006. Chrysler re-negotiated or re-newed the contract with Hyundai, since they were so impressed with the build quality of the Hyundai parts. The contract is worth about 2 billion dollars. The value is probably much, much, higher than 2 Billion. However,
      I do have to question Chung Moon and Chung Eun for helping out their direct competitors with providing high quality parts at affordable prices to American Automakers. Methinks, that something more is going on.

      http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2513591/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please! No!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope Fiat forces Chrysler to make all Hemi's all Aluminum and pump out 400+ HP

      This doesn't seem bad to compete with the X5 and such, but it would cause some overlapping, but wouldn't the LX be a better choice since its going to compete with Crossovers?
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