Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief designer, Ralph Gilles, released an image on Instagram a few days ago depicting what could possibly be the Alfa Romeo crossover.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief designer, Ralph Gilles, released an image on Instagram a few days ago depicting what could possibly be the Alfa Romeo crossover.

The attached pic shows legendary car designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti sitting in the trunk of what appears to be a crossover judging by the tall windows and the raised driving position. As you can see, the rear seats are folded and seem to lay completely flat, so the cabin should be quite practical when carrying voluminous cargo. The dashboard seems very familiar and has a lot in common with the Giulia, one of the many cars designed by Ramaciotti.

We already know Alfa’s CUV will be a tad bigger than a BMW X3 and aims to offer “peerless performance” once it will go on sale by the end of the year or early 2017. Alfa Romeo North America’s boss, Reid Bigland, hinted the model will try and grab the title for the fastest crossover on the Nürburgring and will also be very quick in the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint.

Spy photos showing prototypes with production bodies should hit the web in the near future since up until now we’ve only seen the crossover as a test mule wearing a modified Fiat 500L body. The engine lineup will mostly be sourced from the Giulia and is expected to include a turbo gasoline 2.0-liter, turbodiesel 2.2-liter, a bigger turbodiesel V6, and the mighty biturbo 2.9-liter V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

An official reveal of the Alfa Romeo CUV (codenamed “Tipo 949”) could occur at the beginning of October during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Source: Ralph Gilles via Ferd

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