HOT WEATHER TESTING: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the firm's first SUV, was spotted in Cape Town undergoing hot weather testing. Image: Jason Mayo
Cape Town - A keen-eyed Capetonian sent us a gallery of photographs he took of four Fiat and Alfa Romeo models parked on Tafelberg road in Cape Town.
The cars, all clearly identifiable, were in the country undergoing testing hot weather testing according to Fiat Group Automobiles SA.
Scroll down to see the test units:
Alfa Romeo Stelvio -
Named for a mountain pass in Italy that's known for its hairpin turns, the midsize Stelvio has Alfa's distinctive triangular grille and curvy styling. Under the hood is a 208kW, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed transmission.
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Buyers can also opt for the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which has a 2.9-litre V6 that produces 376kW. All-wheel-drive is standard on all models. The Stelvio, which will be made in Italy, will be launched locally in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Fiat Tipo - The Tipo, a name South Africans aren't familar with, is a medium-sized hatchback competing with the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30.
The estate version, pictured, is unlikely to make its way to Mzansi and we're more likely to see the sedan version launch in May. More details will be announced at that time.
Fiat 500 Riva - A fusion between Italian yacht-builder Riva and the automaker. FCA says this model arrive locally in April, it sports wooden interior accents and plush cream-coloured leather seats.
*All images by Jason Mayo