Alfa Romeo is preparing to replace the current-generation of its Giulietta hatchback with an all-new version in a couple year’s time, and if a new report from AutoExpress is to be believed, it may even be rear-wheel drive.
The first time the Giulietta name was used on an Alfa Romeo was the rear-wheel drive Series 750/101 Giulietta introduced in 1965. The second-generation Series 116 Giulietta from 1977 was also rear-wheel drive, however the current Giulietta bucked the trend when it re-introduced the nameplate in 2009.
Speaking to AutoExpress, FCA passenger vehicle design boss Alberto Dillilo confirmed the fourth-generation Giulietta will be based on a shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s rear-wheel drive platform. When asked if this means the car will be RWD, Dillilo said “it’s possible, technically.”
It seems unlikely the new Giulietta would be exclusively rear-wheel drive, though. Like the Giulia, there’s a good chance the Giulietta will be offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive flavors in order to broaden its appeal. This would make the most sense from a competitive standpoint, seeing as the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 can both be had with AWD.
As for engines, we’re expecting a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to be offered. It seems likely a high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde model is on the cards, however the 505 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 found in the Giulia QV may be a bit too potent for the Giulietta. Instead, we’re expecting a high-performance Giulietta to be powered by a 300+ horsepower four-cylinder, similar to rivals like the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 and Audi RS 3.
The next-gen Giulietta is expected to arrive sometime after the Giulia’s official arrival late this year. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting cash in hand hoping it arrives in North America.