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Concept X SUV


Alfa Romeo isn't the first manufacturer to run with the title Concept X, which won't be revealed until the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show. BMW's precursor to the Z4 had the same nameplate when it was unveiled to a somewhat surprised public at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2001. Whether this Concept X goes on to inspire a production model isn't yet clear, but the burgeoning SUV market is one area from which Fiat Auto have thus far been missing.

However, it wouldn't be an Alfa, one supposes, if it wasn't sporty. To this end, there's the styling by Alfa's Arese Style Centre, with a GTA-specification 250bhp V6 providing the power, and electronically controlled four-wheel drive with three differentials (front, rear and a Torsen centre one) plus double wishbone suspension for the front and rear.

Double wishbones are not necessarily the suspension of choice if you're serious about off-roading, and neither are the 20-inch wheels fitted to Concept X. However, this is a crossover vehicle, highlighting the ever more blurry boundaries between sports models, SUVs and MPVs.

And in terms of MPV practicality, the 4.35m-long Concept X gets a plethora of seating positions in its cabin, a tailgate with separate rear-window opening, and boot space in excess of 400 litres.

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eek! @ double wishbone @ each corner! eek!

that sounds like a ferrari, does it not? wink

and 20inchers!? eek! eek!

dont like the SUV concept at all, but all this makes it sound very tasty! :D
 

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The complete article from Fiat Autopress Database:

Geneva hosts the world début of Concept X, an original model that marks an authentic conceptual leap in the international motoring scene. New scenarios and brand new segments are opening up and Alfa wants to play its part.
It is easy to see why the Alfa Romeo Business Unit poured so much energy into one ambitious goal: to make another of the elegant sports car for which Alfa is justly famous but give it an entirely new and unique shape. Concept X calls on a complex, sophisticated interplay of allusions that hark back to Alfa's traditions in the sports car sector while also including attractive ideas that look to the future and new developments in the SUV - MPV segments in particular.
A mix of style and design that represents a distinctive crossover of cultures. Concept X is a fusion of different vehicle types.
The model combines the off-road performance of an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) with the driving satisfaction and handling characteristics of a compact Alfa Romeo. At the same time, it offers a versatile, functional passenger compartment typical of a Multi Purpose Vehicle due above all to clever use of space and a wide range of seat configurations.
Everything comes packed into an unmistakeable Alfa shape designed by the Arese Style Centre. The car would be just as at home on the intricate roads of a European city as it would on a desert track or frontier landscape.
All this is packed into a car that measures 435 centimetres in length, 186 cm in width and 162 cm in height. Its size and features make the Concept X unique in the world.
The exuberant nature of Concept X is enhanced by the pick of current Alfa Romeo technology: a 250 bhp 3.2 V6 24V power unit, electronically-controlled four wheel drive with three differentials and a Torsen system plus double wishbone front and rear suspension layouts.
The body comes with four side-hinged doors while the rear window can be opened independently of the tailgate. The boot capacity is also estimated to be in excess of 400 litres while a big central tunnel houses numerous oddment compartments and drinks holders.
Other innovative features include a big, clear roof and rear seats that can be stowed away out of sight. The load compartment formed with the back seats down is flat and easily accessible. The car's all-terrain appearance, the chassis and engine protection and the 20" wheels with special tread leave little room for doubt: the Concept X was created to overcome any road or weather condition.
Without ever having to compromise.
The thrilling Alfa Romeo Concept X guarantees driving satisfaction and fills you with a will to live life to the full. It satisfies a desire for unfettered travel that knows no boundaries of age or sex.
 
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