Italian Automaker Alfa-Romeo is planning a U.S. comeback with a small range of vehicles, the first of which, the 4C, may be rolled out beginning late 2012. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group, hopes to quadruple sales by 2014 and needs Alfa to regain an American presence to accomplish this.
Alfa is currently selling a few limited-edition 8C models at Maserati dealerships in North America. The re-emergence of Alfa will center on the 4C, the compact Giulietta hatchback, and largely on the Giulia mid-sized sedan.
- 4C: The 1.8-liter 250-hp turbocharged “baby” 8C will be the first car to enter the U.S. The carbon fiber-bodied two-seater is set to release in Europe at the end of 2012 with an approximate price of $57,000.
- Giulietta: The Compact hatchback was launched in Europe in 2010, and after a 2013 refresh will land itself in North America. The Giulietta was the first car to use Fiat’s new compact platform, a longer wider version will be employed in the U.S.
- Giulia: The mid-sized sedan has been stalled in development over design issues, but the American-made car and a wagon version could come to fruition in late 2013 or 2014. These will replace the 159 sedan and sportwagon, European models that garnered little interest and have been discontinued.
- Subcompact: Alfa had plans to produce a five-door version of the three-door European MiTo, but it appears those plans have been scrapped in lieu of an all-new model.
- Compact Crossover: Fiat will begin production in Turin for Alfa late 2012, for delivery to U.S. markets in 2013.
- Roadster: Plans for a two-seater are still a bit raw, as no engineering or even a factory have been pegged.
- Mid-sized SUV: It appears all plans have been dropped. Originally Fiat was considering Alfa versions of the Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Large sedan: Chrysler would be locally producing a model that could be delivered in 2014.