Two years ago businessman Gian Mario Rossignolo, having previously taken up high posts in Fiat Group, bought out the famous brand De Tomaso. Later three models were announced to be launched under the revived brand: a crossover, saloon and coupe. Rossignolo is going to build up to 8000 cars per year at what was once Pininfarina’s factory in Turin.
At Geneva the Italians showed the pre-series Deauville crossover version, designed by the Pininfarina studio. They were set a goal “to imagine a completely new type of car without distorting such an important heritage, but also to firmly avoid turning it into an exercise in nostalgia.” We are recommended to pay special attention to the hexagonal radiator grille, and the cuts in the front wings, side window outlines and the rear lights – these elements are taken from the classic De Tomaso.
New De Tomaso’s bodies will be built with applying of the UNIVIS aluminium chassis high-end technology. The technology is worked out by IAI company (to which De Tomaso belongs) and it allows the reduction of time and investment in the production.
Technically the car is apparently identical to the Cadillac SRX. At least the V6 turbocharged engine with 2.8 l is borrowed from the American car. Its power is 300 hp and the torque is 400 Nm. The top speed of the new car goes up to 250 and it does a hundred in 6.7 seconds.
The dimensions are a bit larger than the main rival BMW X6 (its figures are given in brackets): 5080 mm length (4877 mm), 1950 mm width (1983 mm), and 1630 mm height (1690 mm), the wheelbase is 2950 mm (2933 mm). But even all this considered the Italian crossover appeared to be lighter: its laden mass is 1850 kg facing the BMW’s 2145 kg.
The series production is to start next year, and up to 3000 models are planned to be sold yearly.
Sketches of the De Tomaso Deauville:
Some of the previous De Tomasos: