Alfa Confirms Crossover by 2016

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Jeep-based crossover to bolster Alfa's lineup within the next two or three years.

The Italians are known for making small hatchbacks, and they're known for making high-performance sports cars. Other types, less so. But the Fiat group is on a mission to correct that, rolling out new sedans, wagons, convertibles, and yes, even crossover SUVs. While previous Italian SUVs were limited largely to extreme off-roaders like the Lamborghini LM002 and Iveco Massif, Fiat has a raft of new crossovers coming that will leverage its stewardship of Chrysler and its Jeep brand.

Following the upcoming Grand Cherokee-based Maserati Levante, Alfa Romeo will get a crossover of its own. The project has been in the works for some time now, previewed in 2003 by the Kamal concept (pictured above, albeit color-adjusted for illustrative purposes), but has now been confirmed by Alfa's British boss Damien Dally in The Telegraph. Dally said the production version would be hitting the market in the next two or three years. The Alfa crossover is likely to be based on the new Jeep Cherokee, which itself, of course, is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

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