After what seems like an eternity, Alfa Romeo has confirmed it will make its official return to U.S. shores at next month’s 2014 New York Auto Show
. The Italian automaker will be bringing its 4C sports car
and announcing U.S. market availability and pricing--we’re expecting the 4C to go on sale this June
, priced somewhere around $54,000
Alfa Romeo is also likely to present its recently revealed 4C Spider concept
, which proved quite popular at its debut at this month’s 2014 Geneva Motor Show and is reportedly being rushed for production.
This marks the end of the Alfa brand’s absence from the U.S. market since 1995 (not including the limited number of 8C Competizione supercars sold here in 2008
), and, we hope, is the start of a new chapter filled with sporty Italian cars built with superb styling, strong performance and, most important of all, filled with passion.
Alfa Romeo’s future beyond the 4C isn’t clear, but we do know there will eventually be a full line of vehicles
. A five-year strategy will be revealed by Sergio Marchionne, the boss of Alfa parent company Fiat Chrysler, in early May
A planned convertible based on the bones of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 will no longer be built
. Instead, Fiat Chrysler will use the Mazda chassis for one of its other brands, most likely Fiat or the Abarth performance brand.
Still in the works is the long-overdue replacement for the 159 sedan, which is tipped to be called the Giulia and targeted at the likes of the BMW 3-Series and upcoming Jaguar XE
. In the longer term, we could see a larger sedan launched to tackle the likes of the BMW 5-Series and Jaguar XF. A pair of crossover SUVs is also thought to be in the works.
Alfa Romeo’s current MiTo and Giulietta hatchbacks sold overseas are expected to be culled in the coming years, as Fiat Chrysler repositions Alfa Romeo as a sporty and premium brand. Going forward, Alfa will stick to rear-wheel-drive sedans and sports cars, and all-wheel-drive crossovers and SUVs._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.