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Trevor Collett | Aug, 03 2015 | 3 Comments

The first of Alfa Romeo’s two promised SUV models is proceeding as planned, with the carmaker preparing to launch one model next year.

The SUV forms part of a long line of new models for Alfa Romeo, as outlined by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne midway through last year.

Now, Marchionne has confirmed a production schedule for the SUV which is set to follow the new Giulia sedan around the middle of next year.

"All the preparation work [is done],” Marchionne said, speaking with industry paper Automotive News.

"Alfa’s plan is progressing as we told you it will go."

The SUV is reportedly a midsized model - set to compete with the likes of BMW’s X3, Audi’s Q5 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.

And in good news for Alfa Romeo fans, the new SUV is said to be based on the Giulia sedan which has been widely acclaimed for its styling since its June unveiling.

Marchionne reportedly said Alfa Romeo has already spent almost €2 billion from the €5 billion kitty outlined last year for production car development, with much of it going on the "Giorgio" rear-wheel-drive platform used by the Giulia.

Alfa Romeo’s midsized SUV is set to be launched into European markets in either September or October next year. Whether the new model will make it to Australia is unclear at this stage.

A larger SUV is believed to be next in line following the midsized model, but isn't expected to arrive in showrooms until at least 2018.

Pictured: The 2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal concept

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