Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has revised its five-year plan , revealing a shift in focus from cars to SUVs and pickup trucks.
Relatively low gas prices, which company CEO Sergio Marchionne believes will be permanent, was cited as the main reason for focusing on SUVs and trucks.
Marchionne specifically told that “there’s been a permanent shift toward SUVs and pickups.” As such, the Italian-American automotive group will “re-utilize … plant infrastructure to try and deal with the development of both Jeep and the Ram brands.”
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The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will eventually be outsourced to another manufacturer to free up production space. The two sedans have failed to meet sales targets, so the decision to potentially outsource their development comes as no surprise.
FCA is not new to the increasingly common practice of outsourcing vehicle development and manufacturing. The Fiat 124 Roadster, for instance, is based on the Mazda Miata, and it’s likely the next Dart and 200 will get a similar treatment.
The plan to move Jeep and Ram to the forefront will also delay the North American rollout of the Alfa Romeo brand. While the Giulia sports sedan, which was revealed in June 2015, will go into production in the first half of 2016, we won’t see the brand’s second mainstream model, a midsize SUV, until 2017 at the earliest.
A full-size sedan, two more utility vehicles, a hatchback and two “specialty vehicles” are also in the pipeline but won’t be launched until sometime between 2017 and 2020.
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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?
Stelvio might be getting a little brother.
Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.
Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.
Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.
A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.
If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.
Alfa Romeo’s Small SUV Will Be Based On Jeep Compass
The Italian automaker’s next high-riding model will borrow from Jeep.
Alfa Romeo’s SUV lineup will soon grow with the addition of a new compact crossover based on the Jeep Compass, which contradicts earlier reports claiming it would ride on a shrunken version of the rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia sports sedan.
According to , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will dedicate $5.7 billion to produce new models and engines at its factories in Italy.
The new compact Alfa Romeo SUV, which is expected to be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, will sit below the Stelvio (pictured) and compete in the same segment as the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3 and Lexus UX.
FCA didn’t confirm when the new Alfa Romeo SUV will arrive or if it will be sold in the United States and Canada, but an earlier report claimed it will arrive in 2021 at the earliest.
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