Alfa Romeo will no longer install front-wheel drives on its models, more than that, it will also stop producing such models. According to information that was shared by Car magazine, that is also quoting its own sources from the Italian manufacturer, Alfa Romeo has some serious plans for the future. The company is preparing some great changes in its current model line. According to insiders, by the end of 2015, or even the 2014, Alfa Romeo will stop the production of its front-wheel drive Giulietta and Mito hatchbacks. But not to worry, their place will be filled with new series of rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles.
Such radical decisions should to help Alfa Romeo in its competition with German brands - as we reported earlier, the Italians are already developing a decent rival for BMW 3 series - Giulia, as well as a classmate for 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class - sedan Alfetta. The development process for these models is performed in collaboration with Maserati Company. Together Alfa Romeo and Maserati will release new series by the end of 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Two more new crossovers will also appear in Alfa Romeo model line. The first one will be presented closer to 2017. It was initially designed as a competitor to X1 model. The second crossover will appear a year after that and will aim to compete with X3 and Audi Q5 models. Every new model that is being prepared today could be equipped with 6-cylinder Maserati engines. It is also more that possible that they will have hybrid versions and will be equipped with 8-gear ZF transmissions.
But the interesting news from Italian manufacturers are not gone with that. Just recently Alfa Romeo has officially revealed its come-back to Russian market. Company’s distributor is Chrysler Jeep Russia, and the number of models that will be presented on the Russian market will include Giulietta, Mito, and, most importantly, new 4C coupe, which world premiere took place at the past Geneva Auto Show where it was presented for the first time.