Alfa Romeo Is Coming Back To The US In 2014
It’s been 20 long years since Alfa Romeo went missing in action from the US. While they were still being made and sold in Europe, with a certain amount of success, they were still apprehensive about returning to the new world. But now, things have changed. The 4C Coupe and Roadster happened and everyone is talking about these cars now. This is exactly what Alfa needed – a flagship car, a poster car which is going to let the limelight come to them.
Now that they have accomplished that goal, the car maker is seriously considering returning to the US with not two, but four cars which will cater to the current market demands. Forging alliances with Fiat, Chrysler and Mazda, the manufacturer will be aiming to take the platform sharing route for a couple of models, while still retaining the Alfa Romeo flavour.
Kicking of the proceedings will be the Giulia sedan which is going to be an Audi A4 rival. Sharing parts with the Chrysler 200, the car will be built in the US with a Pentastar V6 engine doing duties under the hood. Tapping into the flourishing crossover market will be an Alfa compact SUV which will use the underpinnings of the Jeep Compass. To be manufactured in Belvidere, the SUV will utilize Chrysler engines.
Then it’s the turn of the 4C Coupe and Roadster which will arrive a year after the Giuilia has established Alfa Romeo has a household name and a recognized brand. With 1.8 liter turbocharged engines that produce 296hp, these two will be the major attention grabbers for the car maker’s US operations.
The fourth car to grace US shores will be the rear-wheel drive Duetto sports car. To be built in Japan with the platform of the Mazda Miata, the Duetto will have a longitudinally mounted 1.8 liter engine that produces 170hp. Going by the renderings and concept sketches, it’s a fantastic-looking car which will appeal to those who would choose to have a sporty Alfa which isn’t as expensive as its pricy stablemates. Everything looks fine as of now and it’s all about keeping fingers crossed and getting things right from now.