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FCA Will Use Alfa Romeo Giulia Platform for Many Other Models



2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, red

The rear-wheel Giorgio architecture utilized by the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be the basis for a number of other vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s other brands, notably Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Maserati.

Without going into specifics, company CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed to that the architecture, which is modular in design, will be used by “the whole Maserati development beyond 2018.”

An anonymous source familiar with FCA’s product plan revealed more details to the trade journal, particularly that the next-generation Maserati Ghibli, Quattroporte and GranTurismo, as well as the production Alfieri, will all ride on a variation of the Giulia’s platform.

It will even spawn a new crossover positioned below the Levante.

With regards to Chrysler and Dodge, the Giorgio platform will underpin the successors to the Dodge Charger, Challenger, Journey, and Durango and a new mid-size model. It will also be the bones of the Chrysler 300.

The next Jeep Grand Cherokee will be based on the Giorgio, but not the Grand Wagoneer, which will likely share a body-on-frame architecture with the next-gen Ram truck.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a lot more important to whole of FCA that we initially realized. Marchionne stated:

“The investment in Alfa Romeo and certainly the technical investment in the architecture was something that was designed to benefit more than Alfa. I’m happy that we have finally found clarity of thought in the extension of these architectures well beyond Alfa.”

Fiat won’t benefit from the platform because it mostly makes smaller cars and, therefore, has no need for a large, rear-wheel drive model. Lancia is for all intents and purposes dead, so there will be no Giorgio for it as well.

This development makes me appreciate the Giulia whole lot more. What about you?

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle



Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept, live

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.

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Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?



Blue Alfa Romeo Stelvio 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.

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Alfa Romeo’s Small SUV Will Be Based On Jeep Compass



Red Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

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.

How does the idea of an Alfa Romeo based on a Jeep compass sound? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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