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
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.
Alfa Crosswagon Q4
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.
Inside, the new model also offers an instrument panel of revolutionary design, a
compass built into the mirror, special carpets and mats, a stylish new high-tech
trim on the facia and a brand new treatment for the central console and steering
wheel panels. Options include a top-quality interior with seats, facia and
panels trimmed in grosgrain leather. Not to mention the fact that the model
offers five true seats that make for an ideal environment on long motorway trips
or thrilling short-cuts.
Lastly, the new model also offers a choice of three specifications (Progression,
Distinctive and Luxury) and nine body shades of which 4 designed specially for
the model by the Arese style centre. All body shades feature a distinctive tone
on tone treatment process. But all this is packaging; the truly radical new
feature of the Alfa Crosswagon Q4 is its permanent Q4 four wheel drive system
with three differentials (the central one is a self-locking Torsen C system)
that permanently distributes drive over the front and rear wheels.
This innovative system is designed to offer peak performance in the toughest
conditions. The new Alfa Crosswagon Q4 is the natural beneficiary of studies,
research and advances in the four wheel drive field that have resulted in a
cutting-edge all-terrain vehicle able to satisfy the most demanding customers.
Permanent four wheel drive offers peak performance because transverse grip is
maximised due to a reduction in the longitudinal engagement of each tyre. The
permanent aspect of the system allows an outstanding balance between understeer
and oversteer, worthy of a true sports car, able to offer drivers an easy,
satisfying drive together with the greatest active safety: understeer is
minimised while oversteer is easy to control because it is contained and
A mountain road, a stony track, a snowy surface or a bend taken in driving rain:
all tough situations and ideal places to test the new car's agility and strength
to the limit. Customers driving an Alfa Crosswagon Q4 can enjoy a dynamic,
sporty drive over conventional road and motorway routes while benefiting from
the car's vice-like grip and performance over less conventional routes.
With this brief in mind, the engineers and technicians employed at the Arese
plant have come up with a car that may be described as an innovative
all-rounder. The heart of the design is the Alfa Romeo Q4 four wheel drive
system that allows dynamic distribution of traction during acceleration and
over-run according to the level of grip on the ground. The Torsen C self-locking
differential manages drive torque in the most appropriate way: when
accelerating, to avoid excessive understeer, it can direct some 80% of torque to
the rear wheels to leave more side grip for the front wheels. Conversely, when
oversteering, it can transfer only 40% to ensure improved side grip for the rear
The new Crosswagon Q4 is thus an agile off-road car that is self-avowedly an
Alfa in its uncompromising sense of control and driving satisfaction. Driving
comfort and dynamic behaviour have always been specific features of Alfa Romeo
cars: on the Crosswagon Q4, they amount to a real strength. Hence the adoption
of a suspension layout that is bound to appeal: the revised front suspension
features a high double wishbone configuration while the rear is MacPherson type
with transverse rods of different lengths. This offers a greater ability to
absorb the surface roughness typical of off road routes because the wheel
withdraws lengthways without affecting the steering and the antisquat angle has
The steering response also offers the greatest linearity and precision due to
the double wishbone configuration. Outstanding roadholding means the car is able
to self-align itself superlatively, even under the toughest conditions because
the rear wheels steer steadily even when subject to lateral load. The rear end
assures the greatest stability during high speed manoeuvres and offers all the
agility of a true Alfa Romeo on narrow mixed routes.
The Crosswagon Q4 combines great driving comfort with all the boisterous
character of an Alfa sports model. This is because the new model comes with a
power unit that allows the car to deal with any on-road situation: the powerful
110 kW (150 bhp) 1.9 JTD 16v M-Jet engine is combined with a sporty 6-speed
manual gearbox. The 4 cylinder in line engine with a bore of 82 millimetres and
a stroke of 90.4 mm is capable of delivering a power output of 110 kW at 4000
rpm and a torque of 305 Nm (31 kgm) at 2000 rpm.
The new turbodiesel has undergone several engineering changes to increase
performance and engine torque at low speeds and to reduce noise and vibration
levels. For example, the Common Rail system used on the 1.9 JTD 16v M-Jet
includes two new strategies for automatically calibrating and balancing the
diesel injected to lower noise and reduce vibration.
On the safety front, the Alfa Crosswagon Q4 is also unrivalled. This is due to a
braking system that assures fast, gradual braking and also shorter stopping
distances; ventilated front discs with a diameter of 330 millimetres with Brembo
fixed aluminium callipers with four pistons (38 and 42 mm) - and an ABS system
with four active sensors complete with an EBD electronic brakeforce distributor.
Absolute mastery of the road in all conditions, however tough, is also assured
by VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), Alfa Romeo's version of the ESP (Electronic
Stability Program). This sporty feature is not intrusive - as one would expect
from a true Alfa - because it allows the driver the full satisfaction of
controlling the vehicle as long as the conditions are controllable and does not
intervene until immediately before the situation becomes critical.
ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), an integral part of the VDC, optimises traction at
any speed with the aid of the brakes and engine control. If the car skids, the
ASR cuts in automatically to load the traction onto the opposite wheel with good
grip to achieve an effect similar to that of a self-locking differential on both
front and rear axles. If the driver changes down abruptly in poor grip
conditions, the MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) cuts in to restore torque to
the engine and prevent skidding as a result of wheel lock.
The Alfa Crosswagon Q4 is due to go on sale in October in Italy and then later
in other countries.
Alfa Sportwagon Q4
A car for drivers who want the very most in terms of safety and driving
satisfaction, and want it to be known without ostentation. The Alfa Sportwagon
Q4, the latest version of the Sportwagon, can offer better pick-up and speed
than the Crosswagon Q4. The performance is due to the 150 bhp 1.9 JTD 16v M-Jet
combined with a sporty six-speed manual gearbox that propels the car to a top
speed of 200 km/h and takes just 10.2 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.
The Alfa Sportwagon Q4 transmission features 4 permanently engaged drive wheels,
three differentials and torque distribution preferentially to the rear. In any
case, the Q4 name leaves you in no doubt: this particular Sportwagon has been
specifically created for a satisfying drive in complete safety.
Outside, the car displays a few distinctive features that add extra strength to
the model's sporty looks: including a special exhaust tailpipe and 17" x 7 alloy
wheels. The red 205/50 R17 Pirelli Pzero low profile tyres assure very sporty
qualities and excellent roadholding. The range is also made up of two
specifications: Progression and Distinctive.
The Sportwagon Q4 is altogether the ideal car for people who are less interested
in an out-and-out off-roader and more interested in the satisfaction of an even
sportier drive in total safety. Due to a special sports suspension setting, the
adoption of the most sophisticated safety systems and devices currently
available and the Alfa Romeo Q4 four wheel drive system, the new Sportswagon Q4
offers true sensation and authentic driving satisfaction with something extra:
more performance, more handling, better braking capacity.