According to Automotive News, the emergence of the Stellantis alliance led to another revision of the plans for the development of those brands that fell into it from the FCA concern.
So, it became known that Alfa Romeo will abandon the Giorgio rear-wheel drive platform, on which the current Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover are based. These models will survive their intended production cycle, but there will be no new Alfa Romeo cars on this platform. And among other brands of the former FCA concern, only the Maserati brand will use this architecture: this year the Maserati Grecale crossover on the Giorgio chassis will be presented.
Instead, the focus is on hybrids and electric cars. As the new head of Alfa Romeo Jean-Philippe Imparato said – “If you are not engaged in electrification, you are dead.” Future models of the Alfa Romeo brand will use a modular platform called STLA Large, which will also be adopted by the DS brand.
Alfa Romeo will have only two premieres in the near future. The first is a compact crossover Tonale, developed on the chassis of the Jeep Compass model with a transverse engine. It will be the company’s first plug-in hybrid, but production in Italy is only slated for March 2022. Later, an even more compact SUV will appear, which, according to preliminary data, will be called the Alfa Romeo Brennero. The start of production of such a model is planned to begin in April 2023.