Alfa Romeo has a fully planned lineup heading to the U.S. in the next decade, from entry-level MiTo hatchback to a midsize SUV based on the next-generation Jeep Liberty.
By late 2012, Alfa Romeo is expected to reenter the U.S. market and, by 2014, Fiat wants North America to comprise 85,000 units of a projected 500,000 units worldwide. Sound too high given the automaker’s 103,000 global sales last year? Let’s take a speculative look at Alfa Romeo’s U.S. lineup, according to Automotive News.
As an expensive Mini Cooper competitor, the MiTo hatchback will arrive in the States, but only as a new five-door model. When the Giulietta compact hatchback is refreshed in 2014, it will join the MiTo. A reengineered version of this platform will underpin a future Dodge compact car.
One of the more promising entries might be the Giulia as an entry-level premium sports sedan. The midsized sedan and wagon (if we get the wagon), in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive forms, will be powered by a Fiat 2.4-liter I-4 with just under 200 horsepower plus a version of Chrysler’s new V-6 engine.
The car most likely to make it to magazine covers, however, is a convertible. A platform and factory have yet to be finalized for such a convertible, leading us to think it might take longer than 2013 to head into production.
Then again, helping to pay for a new Alfa Romeo convertible could be two new SUVs. A compact SUV based on Fiat’s Compact Wide platform will join an overcrowded compact premium crossover segment, while Automotive News reports that a midsize SUV based on the next-generation Jeep Liberty is due in 2014. If Porsche can make a Porsche from Volkswagen bones, we’re eager to see if Alfa Romeo can lend its brand values to an SUV based on a Jeep.
We’ve also got more information on the Fiat 500 Abarth. The very small hot hatch will get a 1.4-liter turbocharged 160-horsepower engine under the hood. Also, The U.S. might get a new five-door Fiat 500 imported from Serbia perhaps, as a Mini Clubman fighter.
The next few years for Fiat and Alfa Romeo will be especially interesting as the companies try to meet high sales targets and reenter the U.S. market. Do you think Alfa Romeo is on the right track?