Alfa Romeo to Focus on Rear-Wheel Drive Cars in Future Lineups - Bureau of Speed

Alfa Romeo to Focus on Rear-Wheel Drive Cars in Future Lineups

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News has surfaced suggesting that Alfa Romeo will invest heavily in both rear-wheel drive coupes and sedans as part of their upcoming five year plan.

According to a report by Automotive News, Alfa Romeo European boss  Louis-Carl Vignon has confirmed that the Italian automaker will debut its new range-topping rear-wheel drive architecture as early as 2015. He went on to suggest that the first car to use the new platform will be the Giulia, also set to debut in 2015 with both RWD and AWD options.

And in an effort to boost Alfa’s presence around the world, a new flagship sedan may also be released using the same platform rear-wheel drive platform.

Their flagship sedan, said to be based on the same platform as the Maserati Ghibli, was set to be released as early as mid-2013.  However, after Alfa put to bed the idea of using the Maserati Ghibli chassis, the release date was pushed back to 2015 in order to give Alfa enough time to develop their own system.

As we mentioned above, Alfa’s flagship sedan will also use a proprietary chassis in lieu of a partnership with Maserati.

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In order to compete with the likes of the BMW 6-Series, it has also been suggested that Alfa is considering making both a large and mid-sized coupe. Rumors suggest both cars could be based off the next-generation Maserati Gran Turismo. While this is an interesting concept, we don’t see it happening considering the fact that Alfa has already decided against using a Maserati chassis for their upcoming flagship sedan. We will keep you updated if any news breaks on this front.

Regarding the rumors of whether or not Alfa will ditch the hatchback altogether, Automotive News is reporting that Alfa will continue to use the hatchback design for their smaller cars well into the future.

Alfa Romeo will release the much anticipated 4C Spider at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, with their Mazda MX-5 based roadster following suit in early 2015.

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Source: Automotive News via WorldCarFans