Alfa Romeo is reportedly planning the next-generation Giulietta and 4C sports car, which will help the company complete its new generation of products, which now includes the Giulia compact executive sedan and Stelvio SUV.
“In order to complete the Alfa range of products, we need another couple of pillars – something in the C-segment and then obviously a sporty product, a very sporty product,” Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer Roberto Fedeli told British publication, Auto Express.
He hasn’t revealed when the new Giulietta will arrive but rumour mills suggest it will use a shortened version of the Giulia’s platform, which brings us to the next question – will the next-gen Giulietta be rear-driven? Perhaps, but that’s not Alfa’s main concern with the model. Its profitability is, because according to Fedeli, the segment is made for “a very local market and not a global one”, making it “very difficult to make a profit.”
As for the 4C, Fedeli says he recognise the importance of having a competitive sports car. However, the company will give the current model and update before deciding whether to produce a completely new model with new engine and chassis.
“Being in the market with that kind of car is not a choice, we have to do it. We have to have a pure sporty car. We make some small modifications but then we have to decide if we want to install [a] different engine, or switch the architecture. As you can imagine we have some options, we are working on more than one option,” Fedeli added.
Finally, Alfa Romeo is also working on a full-sized SUV to sit above the Stelvio (think Audi Q7), as the segment is the most profitable today.