MILAN -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will launch three new SUV models for its Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands this year, as the automaker expands its presence in the growing segment.
Alfa Romeo will add the Tonale compact SUV positioned below its midsize Stelvio in its lineup; Maserati will draw on the Stelvio’s underpinnings for the midsize Grecale, giving the brand a lower-priced alternative to the Levante; and Fiat will build a convertible version of the small 500X, the brand’s only SUV.
The 500X Cabrio was announced to suppliers late last month by FCA’s Europe chief Pietro Gorlier, according to Italian news reports, and a company spokesman on Thursday confirmed the new model to Automotive News Europe
The convertible version of the Fiat 500X will compete with Europe’s only other convertible in the segment, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, launched last year. Other recent efforts to build a convertible based on SUV or crossover models included the Range Rover Evoque and the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.