Published on September 10th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Alfa Romeo Getting Much Needed Investment
The range of new vehicles being developed by hundreds of engineers in Modena, Italy, may hold the key to the company’s long-term future, if just making sure the automaker gets a return on its 5 billion euro (about USD5.5 billion) investment. The Alfa Romeo brand is getting the most attention and investment from parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the coming 4 years. First will come the all new Giulia sedan. The all new Giulia will be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show next week and the Giulia initially will come with a Ferrari-derived, 503-hp, twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 to compete with the BMW M3. A 2.0-liter, turbo inline-four will follow, possibly in 2017.
Then a SUV is planned to challenge the Audi Q5 and then a large luxury sedan will emerge followed by compact hot hatchback.
4C and 4C Spider: A more powerful GTA variant is under consideration.
Giulia: Will be publicly unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show next week. The Giulia initially will come with a Ferrari-derived, 503-hp, twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 to compete with the BMW M3. A 2.0-liter, turbo inline-four will follow, possibly in 2017.
Midsize SUV: The Audi Q5 rival is set to debut in early 2017. It will share the Giulia’s underpinnings and engine range.
Large sedan: Alfa Romeo’s new flagship, to rival the Audi A6 and BMW 5 series, will be a large version of the Giulia. It will have powerful versions of the new engine range, but no V-8 is planned.
Roadster: Alfa Romeo is working on a larger roadster than the Mazda-based Fiat 124. The Alfa roadster will use a shortened version of the Giulia platform and share the same powertrain offerings.
Midsize coupe: This Giulia derivative will basically be a roofed version of the new roadster and is set to compete with the BMW 4-series coupe and the Audi A5.
Large SUV: Alfa Romeo has long planned a large SUV, mainly for the U.S. and China. The production model will share its underpinnings with the large sedan and compete with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.
Compact hatch/sedan and coupe: A final decision has not been made on these models; chances are there will be a front-wheel-drive Giulietta and a station wagon variant to rival the Audi A3 Sportback.