Thursday, May 13, 2021
News Alfa Dropping Much-Touted In-House Platform to Move to Stellantis Architecture

Alfa Dropping Much-Touted In-House Platform to Move to Stellantis Architecture

Alfa returning to corporate platform

  • Once expected to underpin the next Charger and 300, the Giorgio platform now dead

  • Future new Alfas will use Stellantis Large bones


Alfa Romeo was expecting to rebirth the brand using the Giorgio platform that sits under the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover that are the only two vehicles it sells. That much-hyped platform will no longer be the saviour of the brand, with the automaker’s new CEO saying that Alfa will turn to a Stellantis platform for its future models, says a new report.

At the Stellantis annual meeting last week, CEO Carlos Tavares said that the brand is planning four electrified platforms across its entire 14 brand lineup. That’s small, medium, and large for cars and one with a frame for big SUVs and pickups.

At a roundtable in Italy, Automotive News Europe reports, Alfa brand CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said that future new Alfas will use the STLA large architecture.

With that, he said that all future Alfas will be electrified, either as EVs or gas-electric plug-in hybrids, reportedly saying that “if you are not electrified, you are dead.”

The CEO confirmed that the Tonale compact crossover has been delayed by 12 weeks as the brand looks for better performance from the vehicle. That model, already well into development, will use a platform shared with the Jeep Compass.

When the Giorgio platform was announced in 2014, then FCA said that it expected the platform to be used by Chrysler and Dodge in order to generate the scale needed. No other FCA brands used it, though, due to cost. Automotive News says the Maserati Grecale midsize SUV will use it, but that’s because it shares its bits with the Stelvio.

Imparato said that Alfa was working on a five-year and then 10-year plan, expected to be revealed late this year or early next.

 

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