Speaking with AutoTelegraaf at the launch of the new Mi.To hatch, Alfa Romeo CEO Luca de Meo confirmed the carmaker’s next RWD model, the successor to the 166 sedan, won’t be based on 8C running gear because the platform is too expensive. Other possibilities for the new sedan included using the Maserati Quattroporte and GranSport platforms but these also proved too costly and were ruled out.
Development of the new sedan, likely to be called the 169, has been put on hold for a year, pushing back its launch date to around three years from now.
Another solution is to license an existing design from another carmaker, and that’s now likely to happen over the next couple of years as Alfa updates its lineup and prepares for its relaunch into North America. Carmakers rumored to be in talks with Alfa’s parent company Fiat include Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar (through new owner Tata).
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione