Part of Alfa Romeo’s shake-up of its future product program is its intention to launch a rear-wheel-drive flagship saloon in 2014. But then, Fiat officials have ended its project to build a big luxury Alfa SUV. Instead, Alfa Romeo is developing a new top-ranging model.
Fiat told investors that it wants Alfa Romeo to be a global rival in the ‘near premium’ market that is dominated by Volkswagen and other makers like Volvo. These plans imply that Alfa will team up with Jeep to build a US-Italian competitor for Jaguar Land Rover.
It is rumored that the big rear-drive model may be based on the Maserati Quattroporte but Alfa’s documents indicate that a V6 engine will power it, which means that it’s likely to be a sister car to the next-generation Chrysler 300C, according to Autocar.
The new model, which may be named the Montreal or 6C, may be produced in the U.S. beside the 300C. This is an advantage as the brand is returning to the North American market. Unfortunately, the long-awaited Giulia (which is the replacement for the 159 range) is delayed for 12 months more.
Its launch has been put off until early 2014. The 159 is expected to be phased out by the end of next year. Alfa won’t have an entry in the BMW 3-series-dominated price segment for more than a year. The Giulia was meant to be one of the new Alfa models to be sold in North America and other new markets throughout the globe.