Alfistis rejoice! The latest news coming from Europe suggests that Alfa Romeo will finally ditch its current less-than-successful front-wheel drive platforms for a more brand-fitting rear-wheel drive models in the near future, with the first of its new model onslaught to arrive as early as 2015.
The Car UK report also mentions that the four new models – two sedans and two SUVs – will take on popular models in the German luxury brigade: BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The two SUVs (to challenge the BMW X1 and X3/Audi Q5) will be the brand’s first, which will come to the market a few years after the two mainstream sedans make their marks.
Going the luxury route to rival established Teutonic marques will be a tough ask, but thankfully Alfa Romeo will have a helping hand from fellow Fiat stablemate Maserati. The new Maserati Ghibli (below) will form a base for the 5 Series/E-Class/A6-rivalling Alfetta, while the smaller Giulia will target the BMW 3 Series class.
Returning to Alfa’s traditional rear-wheel drive layout is the latest attempt of the brand’s revival, which will again target motoring enthusiasts by having beautifully styled models with matching vehicle dynamics and driving pleasure. An ambitious target, as is the company’s plan to triple its sales (currently a low 100,000 units per year) in the near future.
The direction change also calls for the demise of Alfa’s existing front-wheel drive models – the Giulietta and MiTo. As of yet there are no plans to replace the two models, as the brand focuses on its move upmarket (where it belongs, really).
Fortunately the new Alfa Romeo 4C sports car and upcoming Spider lightweight roadster that is co-developed alongside the next-gen Mazda MX-5 is unaffected by this move as they are already using rear-wheel drive platforms. The times they are a-changin’ for Alfa Romeo and we sure are excited. Are you?