Finally. After countless months of rumors and speculation, Fiat has nailed when it will officially show off the production version of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. For those desperately waiting for Alfa Romeo’s return to the United States, it gets better too. The official production 4C will be shown off almost a half year ahead of schedule, sometime next summer, instead of at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where many believed it would finally bow.
Tipping the scales at 1,873 pounds, the 4C is expected to be Alfa Romeo’s flagship vehicle upon its return stateside. Alfa’s sports car is also expected to be made up almost entirely of carbon fiber and house a turbocharged engine capable of making 296 horsepower. This aluminum-block engine will also be utilized by the Spider, a roadster that will be launched in 2015. We also expect a detuned version of this engine to make its way into some Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep offerings in the coming years too. As it stands now, the turbocharged engine would also be a good fit for the Dodge Dart SRT variant just announced by Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
It has also been be confirmed that the Giulia sedan is ready to head to production and will be built at “two global production sites.” We also expect that this hints to production taking place in both North America and Europe, respectively.
Earlier this month, Marchionne sat down with our colleagues over at Automobile Magazine and talked about what Chrysler Group’s portfolio will look like in the coming years. Besides the 4C and Giulia, a replacement for the MiTo is also expected to arrive sometime next year. A small crossover, believed to replace the soon-to-be-defunct Jeep offerings, will begin arriving in showrooms sometime in 2014 and a Giulia Sportswagon as well as the aforementioned Spider is expected to join Alfa Romeo’s North American portfolio in the near future as well.
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