Remember all of that talk about Alfa Romeo switching entirely to rear-wheel drive? That reason, of course, justifying the launch of new mainstream cars being pushed back some more agonizing years. Well, Alfa may be getting a new rear-drive platform, but it isn't abandoning its old ways entirely. Oh, and new cars aren't coming any faster, either.
The 3-sized Giulia – originally supposed to be related to next year's new Chrysler 200 – is going rear-wheel drive on a platform being engineered at Maserati headquarters by a former Ferrari development boss.
In addition to underpinning future Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers and Challengers, that platform is slated for a long-delayed 5-series rival and successor to the long-dead, front-wheel drive 166. Something reportedly being considered are two new coupes to go after the 4 and 6-series, respectively.
But further down the range, Alfa apparently hasn't ceded the front-wheel drive programs like we were hoping. Instead, there are new MiTos and Giuliettas planned after all. And at least one of Alfa's SUVs will share the basis with a front-wheel drive Jeep.
Still, don't hold your breath for these yet-to-be-confirmed product plans, as there likely won't be a Giulia for you to buy in a Fiat dealership before 2016.
At least the most exciting pieces of the U.S.-bound Alfa Romeo lineup haven't changed. The 4C is here and the Miata-twinned Spider is coming in 2015. And both with rear-wheel drive, if you're keeping score.
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