Alfa-Romeo’s return to the US market has been delayed from late 2012 to 2013, mostly because Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is unhappy with the proposed vehicle designs bound for the U.S.
More time is needed — up to six months — which could push back the U.S. introduction of the Alfa Romeo Giulia mid-sized sedan and wagon to mid-2013, AN Europe say.
The reason revolves around the new Giulia mid-size sedan and wagon counterparts. This platform will also form the basis of the next-generation Chrysler 200 and Dodge Challenger. Reportedly, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t pleased with the design of the Giulia, nor is he pleased with what Dodge and Chrysler designers are planning for the car.
Alfa bosses say they want the Giulia to be ranked as best in class for ride and handling. Philippe Krief, head of dynamics for the Fiat Group, says that while the Compact platform’s suspension design and geometry has to cover all of Fiat’s brands, it will still be possible to tune the system to deliver Alfa’s dynamic targets.
With the Giulia’s release postponed, Alfa will have to make do with a three-model lineup, comprised of the MiTo, the 159 and the Guilietta, until its new small SUV arrives in late 2012, followed by the Giulia the following year.
Used in the smaller Giulietta (and a number of forthcoming midsize Chrysler models), the platform will grow in length and width to make the Giulia a true D-segment sedan. Expect the car to utilize the same suspension arrangement (i.e. MacPherson struts in front, two-link setup in back) as the Giulia.