• Feb 25, 2011
De Tomaso SLS Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Here we are, just days before the doors open at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and De Tomaso has unleashed a series of images along with a few more salient details of its new SLC concept car. Well, actually, De Tomaso is now referring to the machine as the SLS (and no, it has nothing to do with the Mercedes-Benz of the same name), which stands for Sport Luxury Sedan, as opposed to SLC, or Sport Luxury Crossover.

Fret not, Benz fans (and trademark lawyers). De Tomaso says it will give its future production model a new name that will be announced in Geneva.

Irrational naming conventions aside, what we have here is a somewhat high-riding humpback machine not unlike the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. According to the company, two engines are planned at launch, a 300-horsepower V6 and a 550-horsepower V8. Power is sent to all four wheels, and a diesel engine option is planned for a later time.

De Tomaso plans to build two more vehicles on the same architecture with the goal of selling a total of 8,000 units per year. We're hoping to hear more about the marque's future plans after we hit the ground in Geneva. In the meantime, feel free to peruse our high-res image gallery below and read the awkwardly translated press release after the break.

[Source: De Tomaso via All Car Index]
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During the next Geneva auto show (March 2011) will be unveiled the new De Tomaso Car.

The new De Tomaso company, Chaired by Mr. Gianmario Rossignolo, will unveil a Pininfarina-designed concept for a premium large crossover, dubbed SLS (Sport Luxury Sedan).

The four-wheel-drive SLS is set to go into production this year using two gasoline engines, a 550-hp V-8 and a 300-hp V-6. It will not be sold as the SLS, but the final name will be revealed during the Geneve press conference (1st March 2011 - 3.30 pm).

Rossignolo plans to build 3,000 units a year of the SLS, as well as 3,000 limousines and 2,000 coupes.

The cars will be built at De Tomaso Automobili S.p.A. plant, a former Pininfarina S.p.A. factory near Turin and in the Livorno factory by the ex-Delphi workers.

De Tomaso's business plan foreseen for a three-model range of aluminum vehicles based on an innovative construction technology called Univis. Univis requires just about 30 dies to build a vehicle.

During a 22-year career with Fiat group, Gianmario Rossignolo was a top marketing executive at the company and CEO of the Italian automaker's Lancia brand from 1977 to 1979.

In December 2009, Rossignolo signed a deal to rent Pininfarina's factory in Grugliasco, in the western outskirts of Turin, one of three Pininfarina plants.

The new De Tomaso company will invest 116 million euros in its rebirth project.

The Grugliasco plan currently employs 900 people and includes a body shop, paint shop and final assembly facility, while in the Livorno one will be employed 150 people.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or is that a Cadillac CTS centre console?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The first thing I noticed was the steering wheel. Save for the DeTomaso badge, it's just like the one in my CTS. And then, the dash looks like it was yanked right out of an SRX. Hell, even the keyfob is the same. And I agree with you, Mike: there's probably more GM bits under there than DeTomaso wants everyone to see. I find it funny that the two engines offered sound almost EXACTLY like what is offered in the CTS model range - a 300hp V6(3.6L DI) and a 550hp V8(supercharged LSA). Overall, though, I'm really not impressed with this vehicle. It's about as uninspired as most of the exterior designs coming out of China.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The whole interior is a dead ringer for the Cadillac SRX. I'm betting that it shares a quite a bit more with the SRX, too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man this is so lazy. Look at the shoulder line. Like it was scrawled by a 6 year old. And the top edge of the grille is all hollow. Back to the drawing class DeTomaso.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait... if that's a concept car, then does this mean that the production version will become dumbed down? I bet the whole car will become even more bland.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Based on the release pictures, in which one can barely make out the car, I think that the designers know they've got a failure.

        That's why the car is so poorly lit and drab, hidden in darkness.

        Someone up high knows this is something which should never see the light of day.

        If they were proud of it, it'd be bright white and in the sunlight.

        Perhaps after this failure, they can make the Pantera that everybody wants.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alejandro de Tomaso is turning in his grave.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like everything else.
        Or worse.Like they stole elements from everybody elses' designs and threw it together here.
        A design group needs to establish an strong identity.
        Grade F
        Teacher's comments :Fire Your Chinese design staff Hire a brave confident designer to make statement and set self apart.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is this supposed to slot in between the 5GT and X6? What a joke.

        Maybe it's using their engines too. 550hp V8 (X6 M), but BMW uses an I-6, not a V6. Maybe they are Caddy engines after all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I dunno, He didn't have much of a problem with the Chrysler TC, and this is much better than that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Great, another disproportionate, over-powered luxo barge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats not a De Tomaso, its an abomination.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is more SUV than it is comparable to the BMW 5GT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Missed opportunity.

      • 3 Years Ago
      For me personally, that ain't no detomaso. no sir. i simply don't accept it as such.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Pininfarina designed..." lol wow.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those Italian design houses are very overrated when it comes to high volume cars. That's why Hyundai dropped the original design for the Genesis sedan. Which isn't much of a design revelation, but if you saw the original Bertone prototype, you would throw up in you mouth. I wish I could find a link to the picture, it was really that bad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you've got your cross-outs crossed up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do not understand this. Are they trying to compete with the X6? I do not find it offensive but it seems a weird direction for De Tomaso.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Right, so now that the SUV craze it partly over, let's just take sedans and grow them to an overblown size. Oh, and don't forget to make it so bland that it looks like a no-name brand; after all we have a recognizable genuine Cadillac interior, which sells!
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