Alfa Romeo will release on the market in 2012 an SUV that will fight with the BMW X3. At only two years difference, the Italians will develop a rival for BMW X5. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Group boss, announced today future plans relating to Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo EU Product Plan

Although the Italian brand has failed to reach the target imposed by the group in 2009, selling only 110,000 of the 200,000 units expected, but Italian officials will give them a new chance for the brand to impose on the market.

To achieve the new required target, 400,000 units sold annually by 2014, the brand’s plan includes development of new versions of existing models, but also the launch an unusual SUV that will appear on the market over two years. Italians plan shows that, after the recent launching of Giulietta, the next model will be Giulia, replacement of the current 159. The new model will be released at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012, following its debut on the European markets by the summer of that year.