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Alfa Romeo Kamal concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Alfa Romeo, in case you hadn't noticed, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. And it seems like rumors of an Alfa CUV have been floating around for just as long. But the wait may finally be over as the Italian automaker reportedly plans on making it up to its customers with not one, but two new crossover models.

With its sights set firmly on Audi's Q5 and upcoming Q3 compact crossovers, the two-pronged approach may help Alfa launch into the CUV market. The smaller of the two is tipped to be based on the new C-Evo platform developed for and recently launched on the Giulietta, while the larger model could borrow Jeep underpinnings, substantiating earlier reports. Expect the first to come along in a couple of years and the second to follow a couple of years after that, with North American sales a distinct possibility.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that design is very bold. I think a lot of people will hate it and some will love it. I love all of Alfa's designs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the kamal ever goes on sale I want to buy it just so I can paint a toe on the side.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No big deal, it's just you'd be seated few more cm above the road when the car breaks down. Or, heaven forbid, you'd be on a unpaved road....
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front end of the vehicle in that picture reminds me way too much of the Subaru B-9 Tribeca...and that's not a good thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The C crossover is due in 2012 in North America for alfa to replace jeep compass/patriot. It will probably be built at the jeep Toledo OH works using Giulietta underpinnings and jeep exterior colors with the Kamal roofline as it was designed at central styling in Italy exclusively tor North America. There is talk of an AWD option, hopefully at launch. This would be a practical design with more rear headroom and a slightly larger rear area than the present Giulietta. The 1.4 turbo multi-air veloce (FIRE) engine would be standard. No word as yet on the 1.75 quadrifoglio engine as an option. I do like this idea and would specify the automated gearbox, Yokohama avid envigor UHP all-season tires, and Abarth, Magnaflow or more likely Borla intercooled rear resonator(s). I probably wouldn't wait for the new spider.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too would rather see this thing do one thing well!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it. I hope when they price it, they'll remember it's an Alfa, not a Maserati.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is Fiat waiting for. Don't they know if they bring over a nice European Cross-over with under an upscale Euro brand, it will sell out for the upper-middle-class and higher women.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The larger Alfa will not only have Jeep "underpinings" but will be built by Jeep on the same assembly line as the Grand Cherokee and the upcoming Dodge Durango. The Alfa will have distinctive styling and be a true SUV, but it will be much like the VW minivan, a true Chrysler product for the foreign car buyer. Most importantly, it will capitalize developmental costs,provide income for Chrysler and jobs for Americans.
      I believe the smaller Alfa "crossover" will indeed serve as a platform for the Compass/Patriot replacement. Unlike the Alfa/Jeep it will be imported and built here in America and be re-designed almost completely as a true Jeep product. Jeep is under great pressure to vastly improve these softer Jeep offerings to make them worthy of the Jeep brand. These Jeeps will apeal to the markets in underdeveloped nations through the extensive Fiat foriegn distribution/dealer network and will be solid sellers and money makers for the partners. That Jeep brand is the most recognized in the world and Fiat/Chrysler needs this crossover to be done right. My guess is they have a solid plan in place to make it happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stylists worked really hard on that front..... just cut and paste a BMW Z8, play around for a bit, add some Alfa Romeo components and you got this concept!

      This does not mean that I don't like how it looks, actually it looks very promising. Always liked Alfa Romeo.

      take a look: BMW Z8

        • 4 Years Ago
        nothin common with bmw really
        • 4 Years Ago
        I also do see a Z8 influence
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