Alfa Romeo to use US for research, develop bigger vehicle

MILAN – Alfa Romeo will work on a new sizable vehicle in the US to be launched in 2027, the brand’s head, Jean-Philippe Imperato, said on Friday, however, the group has yet to decide where to manufacture it. Is.

Imperato said the US program was key to producing designs for overseas markets, helping Alfa Romeo to consolidate its position as an international premium brand under Stelantis.

“Our proposal for the sizable vehicle should fit into the international markets, American, Chinese, European,” he said during a media call, a day after parent Stelantis released its first-half financial results.

Alfa Romeo is still assessing whether the new model will be an SUV, a crossover or a sedan, but it probably won’t be a classic big SUV, like BMW’s X5 or X6, Imperato said. ,Automotive News Classifies the X5 and X6 as crossovers.)

“We want to find the right mix,” he said. “It is a decision we will take by the end of this year”.

The US market is swamped towards crossovers and SUVs of all shapes and sizes, from traditional coupes and sedans.

In February, Imperato reported Automotive News Europe The vehicle can be a cross between a sedan and a crossover.

Imperato said developing the car in the US does not mean it will be produced in the NAFTA region.

“Production in the US isn’t something we’ve decided and it’s something we just don’t want to decide,” he said. Alpha has two production sites in Italy.

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