Earlier this year we heard the next-generation Alfa Romeo Giulietta could arrive on a shortened version of Alfa’s RWD Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia. Fiat Chrysler has since decided to shift focus away from Alfa to concentrate on its global expansion of Jeep, but the RWD Giulietta may still be on the table, according to Drive.com.au.
Speaking to Drive at the recent media launch of the Giulia and Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde, Giorgio program manager Philippe Kreif said the platform was designed from the get-go to support a small car, but the company has yet to decide if they’ll go through with it.
“The decision has been discussed but not yet taken,” Kreif said. “The project was developed as a platform that could take Alfa Romeo from C (segment) through D, E and SUVs. This platform is modular in length, width and height that we can do it.”
Kreif added that the biggest factor to influence their decision will be cost. The automaker is looking to get all it can out of the expensive Giorgio platform, but doesn’t want to bring a small rear-wheel drive hatch to market unless the it’s something the market will truly respond to.
“It’s not a technical [issue] but what the market can recognize as the point of differentiation and whether there is demand for this [rear-wheel drive],” he said. “Maybe there is another way we can do it. It is more a question of customers and what they are willing to pay for.”
Alfa just recently launched an updated version of the current-generation front-wheel drive Giulietta, which gives the automaker time to make a decision in regards to its replacement, Kreif said.