Alfa Romeo May Bring Crossover to US

Unless you count the limited production 8C Competizione, which Alfa Romeo briefly sold through Maserati’s U.S. dealer network in 2009, the Italian automaker hasn’t sold a car in the United States for quite some time now. However, since it left the U.S. market in 1995—in order to ensure that out of sight did not indeed mean out of mind—Alfa has been vocal about its intention to someday grace our shores once again. Though the Fiat SpA-owned automaker has missed quite a few target dates to do so over the past five or six years, we’re pretty sure that we’ll see an Alfa Romeo 4C by the end of 2013. Additionally, as Bloomberg reports, we might also see an Alfa-branded crossover shortly thereafter.

Currently only marketing two vehicles—the MiTo and Giulietta—the Alfa brand isn’t exactly pulling its weight for Fiat. In lieu of throwing in the towel and selling the famous Italian marque, however, Fiat plans on increasing Alfa Romeo sales by introducing a slew of new models in both Europe and the United States between now and 2017. Altogether, nine new Alfa models are in the works, but as per Chrysler’s recently released product plan—only six (including the 4C) will make it to the U.S. Though Fiat has not officially confirmed that a crossover will be among the six, automotive industry experts are predicting that because of our inexplicable affinity for small SUVs—it’s pretty likely.

Alfa’s Kamal concept crossover, which was unveiled all the way back in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, is pictured above. While we can’t know for sure that it will be the basis of the new model, sources near to the brand told Bloomberg that the crossover is already being developed. Estimating a 2015 launch, they also said the crossover’s technology and some of its parts will be derived from the Dodge Dart.

Sources: Bloomberg via Motor Authority
Image Credit: Fiat