Fans of Italian styling are anxiously awaiting Fiat and Alfa Romeo's return to the U.S. now that the alliance deal between the Italian auto giant and Chrysler is in full swing. However, while Fiat is confirmed to be here at the end of this year with its 500 minicar, the more premium Alfa Romeo brand (not including the exclusive 8C Competizione supercar) won’t arrive until 2012.
What new models Alfa Romeo has planned is still up in the air but today we have a few more details, including word from Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne that Alfa Romeo will return to the U.S. with a full model lineup. The hope is that Alfa Romeo will be able to make sales of roughly 85,000 cars in the U.S. annually by 2014. The brand’s total sales worldwide last year were just 103,000 vehicles.
Entry to the new Alfa Romeo lineup will start with the Mito hatchback, which arrives in 2013 and will only be available in five-door trim. A three-door version is available in overseas markets.
A second hatchback, the Giulietta five-door will arrive in local showrooms following an update to the model in 2014. Underpinning the Giulietta is Fiat’s new Compact platform, which in modified form will spawn models for the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands.
One of the most crucial models in Alfa Romeo’s new lineup is the upcoming Giulia mid-sized sedan and wagon. The Giulia is the replacement for the stylish 159 sold overseas and will be available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Engine options will include Chrysler’s Pentastar V-6 or a four-cylinder unit with MultiAir technology. No word yet on its release date.
Some brand new Alfa Romeo models not already on sale overseas will also arrive. These include a sporty rear-wheel drive convertible, a compact SUV and bigger mid-size SUV.
[Automotive News, sub req'd]