Report: Revised Alfa Romeo Revival Lineup Detailed
More information on the future Alfa Romeo lineup.
A new report from Automotive News details the models included in Alfa Romeo's revival plan which will revolve around a new rear- and all-wheel-drive platform that will be the basis for most of the brand's lineup. AN says that company CEO Sergio Marchionne will formally announce the plan in spring 2014. This report's speculative model overview expands upon our European correspondent Georg Kacher's predictions for a new Alfa Romeo lineup from earlier this year.
This revival plan is crucial for Alfa Romeo's goal to hit 300,000 annual global sales by 2016, a steep increase over its annual sales of about 100,000 units now. As Kacher reported earlier this year, Alfa Romeo has reportedly set up a workshop in Italy specifically dedicated to developing the rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicle platforms.
The first key model on this new platform will be the Alfa Romeo Giulia, due in late 2015, which is a rear-wheel-drive compact sedan intended to go up against the BMW 3 Series. One step up from the Giulia will be a large sedan which Kacher said could be called the Alfetta. This sedan will compete against the BMW 5 Series and could possibly spin off a wagon variant as well.
Both of these sedans could result in coupe versions as well, which would rival the BMW 4 and 6 Series coupes, respectively; this larger Alfa Romeo coupe could reportedly use the same platform as the next Maserati GranTurismo.
Regarding more sporting models, Alfa Romeo will expand its sports car lineup with a revival of the legendary Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider. In fact, this roadster will be developed in partnership with Mazda on a platform shared with the next-generation MX-5 Miata and produced at Mazda's plant in Hiroshima, Japan. When production begins in 2015, this unnamed roadster will join the Alfa Romeo 4C mid-engine sports car. The 4C is also expected to gain a roadster version called the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. This vehicle is expected to debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show with a special carbon fiber removable roof.
Crossovers and SUVs are also part of Alfa Romeo's future plans, with a compact crossover in the works that is set to be derived from the same platform as a next-generation Jeep crossover that will replace the Compass and Patriot models. One step above this compact crossover, Alfa Romeo will likely use the same rear-wheel-drive platform from the Giulia and large sedans for a mid-size SUV that will compete against either the BMW X3 or X5. A large SUV is possible as well and could be based on the Maserati Levante large SUV that is expected to debut in 2015.
Contrary to Kacher's prediction that the entire Alfa Romeo lineup will be either rear- or all-wheel-drive, the AN report says that both of Alfa Romeo's current offerings, the front-wheel-drive MiTo subcompact and Giulietta compact hatchback, will be redesigned within the next few years. We previously reported that those models would be canned so Alfa could focus on other cars.
Apparently, Alfa Romeo is planning to sell many of these new models in the U.S., although the arrival with the Alfa Romeo 4C has been delayed multiple times. Despite plans for the 4C to be sold through through the network of 70 Maserati dealerships in the U.S., it now appears that future Alfas will be sold through the 210 Fiat dealerships on our shores instead.
Keep an eye out for more Alfa Romeo news, as Fiat-Chrysler CEO Marchionne said earlier this year that he expects to outline Alfa Romeo's future plans in early 2014.