Alfa Romeo has shed some light about the company’s first ever crossover programmed for a European launch in the second half of 2016.

Alfa Romeo has shed some light about the company’s first ever crossover programmed for a European launch in the second half of 2016.

Speaking to Car & Driver, Alfa Romeo North America’s boss, Reid Bigland, said the crossover is “well underway” and it has already been shown to dealers. It will be slightly bigger than the BMW X3 and promises to offer a “really gorgeous Italian design and style to set it apart” in this challenging segment. So far spy photos have only shown test mules wearing modified Fiat 500L bodies, so we don’t know how the production model will actually look like.

Aside from an appealing design, Reid Bigland mentioned the brand’s first high-riding model is going to provide “peerless performance” not just in terms of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h), but also as far as the Nürburgring lap time. This could mean Alfa is aiming to take down the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S's record for the quickest crossover/SUV on the ‘Ring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds.

The Alfa Romeo crossover doesn’t have a name yet, but this isn’t really surprising taking into account the company took its sweet time coming up with a moniker for the new sedan. There’s no word about an exact launch date, although Reid Bigland does mention it will hit US at the beginning of 2017, following a European reveal. Alfa could decide to unveil the crossover early October during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Source: caranddriver.com

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