Fiat Chrysler’s storied Alfa Romeo brand is on the move, with plans to introduce two additional utility vehicles to the market to join the C-segment Stelvio: a full-size model, and another compact one. The two UVs are part of a product onslaught that will also see the “GTV” and “8C” nameplates live again, and grow from 46- to 71-percent market coverage. Sometime over the next five years, the compact Alfa Romeo Giulietta family car, which has been in production in its current form since 2010, will also be completely redesigned, while the MiTo will be nixed from the lineup with no replacement in sight.
All these changes to the lineup were announced by Brand Head Tim Kuniskis last week, when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles delivered a new five-year plan to investors that outlined – among other things – the automaker’s $10.5-billion investment into electrification and its plans for offering semi- and fully-autonomous driving systems for sale. Electrification will be a component of Alfa Romeo’s future, as the brand plans to grace the future 8C sportscar with an electric front drive axle and boost the forthcoming Giulia-based GTV with an electric “E-Booster” supercharger.
Alfa Romeo was light on details regarding its future compact and full-size utility vehicles, so it’s unclear whether those models will incorporate powertrain electrification, nor in what form. We find it very likely that the full-size model, at least, will ride on a stretched version of the same Giorgio platform underpinning the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, as that might allow it to share with the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. It would also help facilitate two additional models that Alfa Romeo has in the pipeline: a long-wheelbase version of the Giulia, and a long-wheelbase Stelvio.