Alfa Romeo’s Compact SUV To Use Jeep Renegade Platform?

Alfa Romeo entered the world of SUVs for the first time in 2016, with the introduction of the Stelvio.

A rival to the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Stelvio shares its underpinnings with the Giulia and is one of the best vehicles in the segment.

The Stelvio should soon be joined by a smaller sibling, which will have to deal with the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, among others. There’s been no shortage of rumors about the as ye -unnamed compact SUV, but the latest one is probably the strangest.

Also Read: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T Q4 Review: Does It Pass Or Fail?

According to AutomobileMagazine, FCA’s new boss Mike Manley confirmed during a meeting with Italian unions in Turin that such a vehicle is still in their agenda. But weird part is coming: instead of a shrunken version of the Giorgio platform, which is the one used by the Giulia and Stelvio, Alfa’s new baby-SUV might use the same architecture as the subcompact Jeep Renegade.

Jeep’s smallest product on sale today sits on FCA’s Small US platform, shared with the Fiat 500X, 500L and Toro pickup. Base models are offered with front-wheel drive, while higher specs come with all-wheel drive.

If Alfa Romeo’s upcoming compact SUV will indeed use this platform, something we’re skeptic about, then it will probably share most of the engine lineup with the Renegade. However, a plug-in hybrid version of the car is said to be in the works as well.

Production of the vehicle will reportedly take place in the Pomigliano plant, near Naples, Italy, which is owned by Fiat and used to assemble the predecessor of the Giulia, the 159.

 

Renderings courtesy of Kleber Silva on Behance

  • david santiago

    I doubt it. FCA invested too much money into the Giorgio to instead use the ancient Fiat small wide dating back from 2005.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      I can confirm it’ll be FWD-based, like all the competitors in the segment

    • Alex

      Sunk cost fallacy.

    • Karl Oellinger

      It will be Compass Platform.
      RWD is not suitable for small cars, even BMW will change 1series in next generation.

  • LeStori

    Would have though that the compact chassis, C-EVO, first released on the Giulietta in 2010 would be the better way to go. I am assuming that the smaller Alfa Romeo SUV will compete against the Mercedes GLA class of cars annd not against the FIAT 500 X .

    • Matteo Tommasi

      But costs are costs, and profit is important, so it’ll be a compass with new front and back suspensions

      • LeStori

        In otherwords something worse than a Mito.. If so FIAT (-Chrysler) is back to it’s stupid old ways.

    • Alex

      The C-EVO and its upgrade, the CUSW was a spectacular failure and was largely replaced by SUSW platform.

    • Karl Oellinger

      No AWD option on C-Evo.
      and it will be Compass platform

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Marchionne didn’t die for this.

    If FCA does this, then they have officially gone back on their promise.

    • Benjamin B.

      Marchinonne is rolling in his grave. So sad. FCA, no bueno.

  • designer_dick

    Well, it isn’t as if it’ll be the first underwhelming Alfa Romeo based on Fiat’s Small platform, is it? FCA has solid form for this kind of egregious stupidity. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc0f93436e7e88f7e8ca4811a696a93136fce01a7448c5d5eab65ae20d7030dc.jpg

  • SteersUright

    That would be a disaster. How could they not see that?

    • Matteo Tommasi

      I don’t see the GLA and X1 being a disaster, because people care only about LEDs and huge screens

  • javier

    if so then doa

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Hell no…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    We’ll all find ourselves here in a few years with me ranting about the fact that the brand has lost its Alfa soul for the sake of marketing its cars to mass customers without a soul and the sole craving of a badge and a bunch of people arguing (often insulting) with me on the fact that “sales’ volumes tell another story and Alfa Romeo is doing very well”. The point is simple. If you want to do beautiful cars that work in a certain way, they will not appeal to everyone. Your sales will be limited and your cars will have a soul. The problem might not be price but the fact that many users identify with their car and cars with strong personalities, like people, do not fit everyone. Or you can make cars that fit to a broader audience and increase sales. Your sales will be fine and the cars will have no soul. This is the path that brands like Alfa, BMW and Lamborghini (in its specific segment) have taken. So, business is well and good. Their cars have become soul-less. Volvos might be sleepers but they have more personality. This is a raised Giulietta (which is a Bravo wrapped in Alfa Badge) with Giulia headlights and a markedly Fiat taste in it. The real one will be even worse as Fiat normally does them tall and narrow, making them look like cheap skinnies, except the top models. Go see a normal Giulia and a top of the line Giulia. You’ll understand immediately. As to me, i’d rather buy a Volvo in this segment. XC40 in particular. Sport SUVs are a figment of imagination. Their barycentre is too high to allow them to have a sporty behavior without making them very very very wide. See one at the Nurburgring and you’ll notice how they wobble and roll and shake.

  • Karl Oellinger

    If will use Compass platform, not Renegade. They want FWD for Base model, not RWD.
    It will NOT use Renegade engines.

    500L platform (punto, corsa ) is quite different from 500X (AWD option)

  • Karl Oellinger

    It will be Compass with Alfa suspension.

    • botornot387

      Still a dud.

      • Karl Oellinger

        Just wait, car will be a success, I bet.

        No one is buying a small RWD Car, even BMW is switching 1series to FWD mini platform.

        Now that everybody is saying
        *renegade* is a marketing Desaster to say the Least

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