Alfa Romeo has shelved plans to produce a new Spider based on the rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Giulia sedan in order to focus on crossovers, Automotive News reports.
In 2012 it was reported a new Alfa Romeo Spider would arrive riding on the ND Mazda Miata’s platform. Alfa lent that project to Fiat, which spawned the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, and began focusing on a slightly larger version based on the Giulia’s Giorgio platform.
Those plans have now been scrapped as Alfa focuses on bringing more crossovers to market. The automaker simply doesn’t want to spend the development money on a performance car with limited appeal when it could be spent churning out hot-selling crossovers.
Alfa will bring the mid-size Stelvio to market in 2017 and reportedly has a large crossover in the works too. We’d be surprised to hear it doesn’t have a smaller crossover in the works as well to rival offerings such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q2.