Alfa Crosswagon Q4

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Alfa Crosswagon Q4

Published 18 July 2004 Melanie Carter

In 1992, the Alfa 155 introduced a new Alfa Romeo concept of sportiness that became enshrined in the codename Q4. Now the same glorious name returns on the new Alfa Crosswagon Q4 and Alfa Sportwagon Q4, the models that mark Alfa Romeo's return to the world of four wheel drive. Both models mark the first outing for a new transmission with 4 permanently engaged drive wheels, three differentials and preferential torque distribution to the rear. Alfa reveals it is still able to stay one step ahead of its time and set new trends: its new Crosswagon and Sportwagon Q4 go one better than the current crop of all-terrain vehicles and take the concept of elegant sportiness to a radically new and unique dimension.

The model, designed by the Arese Style Centre, features an unmistakable Alfa Romeo shape with features that shout 'versatility'. The new car combines the off-road performance of an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) with the driving satisfaction and handling of a compact Alfa Romeo while offering a versatile, functional Station Wagon passenger compartment.

Subtlety, well-proportioned lines and compactness: these are the keywords that sum up the style of the Alfa Crosswagon Q4. The new car is 444 cm long, 176 cm wide and 149 cm high with a wheelbase of 259 cm. It is outstanding for its greater versatility (greater ground clearance, improved front and rear incidence angles and special All Seasons tyres), distinctive good looks, great safety and sturdiness and outstanding comfort under all service conditions. These features make the new model perfectly at ease around town or on unsurfaced roads which do not detract from its sporty, stylish, clean-cut line: a trait shared by all Alfa Romeos.

The Crosswagon Q4 owes its all-terrain look in particular to underdoor steel protections, special front and rear bumpers with steel inserts, an original bumper grille, carrier bars and broad wings. Altogether, the Crosswagon Q4 was created to overcome any road situation without ever stooping to compromises. Examples include ride set-up raised by nearly 6.5 cm and 225/55 R17 All Seasons tyres with a special compound and special tread. The tyres are also designed to offer great comfort under normal driving conditions with good grip and a safe drive on snow, unsurfaced or uneven roads, mud or treacherous roads in general.

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