FCA to Revamp Alfa Romeo Line Up for 2018

Posted by at 3:58 pm on September 18, 2017

With more models in Alfa Romeo’s U.S. lineup, Fiat Chrysler’s resurrection of the brand gets more complicated given the global decline in sedan and coupe sales. FCA will present an update of its Alfa Romeo aspirations in 2018, but here’s some preliminary information.

4C/4C Spider: No changes are planned before 2021 on the low-volume sports coupe.

Giulia: Quality issues marred the U.S. launch of the Giulia sedan, but the styling and powertrain have been well-received. It is tough to say when the Giulia will be due for an official freshening because its launch was delayed from 2015 into 2016. Traditional product cycles would put a freshening in 2020.

Stelvio: The compact crossover made its debut this year and isn’t due to be freshened until 2021.

Large sedan: Alfa Romeo has delayed its plans for a new flagship sedan, a longer and larger version of the Giulia, to rival the Audi A6 and BMW 5 series until the end of its plan in 2021.

Midsize coupe: This Giulia derivative is set to compete with the BMW 4-series coupe and the Audi A5 and should arrive in late 2018.

Large crossover: Alfa Romeo has long planned a larger crossover, mainly for the U.S. and China. The production model will share its underpinnings with the Stelvio and compete with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5. However, when it will appear remains unknown.

Compact hatch/sedan and coupe:‚Äč Alfa Romeo boss Reid Bigland says subcompact hatches such as the MiTo and Giulietta are important in Europe but not in North America or China, where Alfa Romeo plans to get the majority of its volume. He did say, however, that they may be replaced by a subcompact crossover.

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