By 2016, Alfa Romeo will launch nine new models, according to a roadmap that has recently been leaked. During an investor’s conference over a year ago, Alfa Romeo talked about its plans until 2014. But now, an extended product roadmap of Alfa Romeo’s plans through 2016 has come out. By next year, the company intends to launch a new B-segment model, followed by a C-segment model that will succeed the Giulietta.
What Alfa Romeo has planned for the D-segment is to launch the Giulia, together with the crossover/SUV- and Sportwagon-based versions. For the E-segment, Alfa Romeo will likely launch a Maserati Ghibli-based model that will go up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and BMW 5-Series. In this product roadmap, we also see that three special models are being planned.
A coupe version of the production 4C will come first. It’s set to debut in Geneva in March 2013. It will then be followed by the Spider model that represents an open-top version of the 4C. The Duetto is the third model. This will be a small roadster developed along with Mazda and that is set to start production in 2015. Mazda will make this vehicle in Hiroshima, Japan, which is where the new MX-5 will also be built.
Alfa Romeo is set to launch a new two-bucket seat model with compact dimensions that set it apart from the rest of its competitors. It stands at 118cm high, measures 200cm wide, 4 meters long and its wheelbase is also shorter than 2.4 meters. These dimensions provide emphasis to its supercar proportions as well as to its agility.
The development in its exterior 4Cs is portrayed by the necessity of enhancing the car’s style and its technical characteristics from dynamic as well as aerodynamic perspectives. Given such, the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile design team made sure that all style solutions designated are optimized in consistency with performance which is the car’s ultimate goal.
To achieve this goal, the surfaces are considered sculptures while the engineers are working together with the design team in order to carve every innovative aerodynamic solution from it. This collaboration was able to produce a wholesome sports style with beauty and technology. These are the essential requisites common in all Alfa Romeo sports cars, along with the form which has always been the primary function. All of its structural elements are also created for extreme dynamic efficiency to support the downforce required to guarantee maximum grip in fast cornering.
Its supple and enveloping rear volume encloses and enfolds the heartbeat of the car with its mechanics and engine evident through its rear window. This is made possible by the marked musculature at the top of the wheel which provides power and strength to the car’s rear area.