If the idea of one Alfa Romeo SUV was too much, it's perhaps best that you brace yourself: there will be two more in Alfa showrooms by 2020. One will sit below the Stelvio, the other one will be positioned above it, as a luxury range-topper to the revived Alfa Romeo range.
The product-led revival was first flagged up last year in a leaked production plan, which outlined plans to launch a total of six new vehicles by 2020. Those include the aforementioned SUVs, a large luxury saloon, a new hatchback, and a so-called 'speciality' model. Given how popular SUVs are right now, it's likely they'll be prioritised over the other vehicles.
So far, we don’t know what they're to be called, but many reports suggest the smaller of the two will be called the Kamal and will replace the ageing MiTo compact hatch, taking the position of an entry-level SUV Alfa. This vehicle will use exclusively four-cylinder engines, with a similarly low-CO2 bias as with the MiTo.
Gallery: Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive
The flagship SUV, tentatively called the Castello, will instead get a range of high-output V6 turbo motors, including a version of the Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre rocketpack in the Stelvio QV. It will sit above the Stelvio and will mark another all-new segment for Alfa Romeo. Both the Kamal and the Castello will be based on the company’s Giorgio platform, set to also underpin all other new models.
We've rendered both of the two new SUVs here: they will feature all the design cues of the Giulia and Stelvio, including the triangular grille, sleek headlights, and aggressive shape of the front bumper. Expect the Castello to be roughly the same size as the BMW X5, while the smaller Kamal will be aimed directly against the Audi Q3.