Next Alfa Romeo MiTo Could Morph Into A Small Crossover

Despite being the most affordable new car in Alfa Romeo’s current lineup, the MiTo hasn’t exactly been a strong seller.

New car buyers are moving towards crossovers and SUVs, and this reflects directly into the numbers, although the fact that it’s been around since 2008 doesn’t exactly help. The Italian brand only has one SUV in its lineup, the Stelvio, but it will be joined by others in the not-too-distant future.

So, will the MiTo live on for a new generation? In its current form, probably not, but the nameplate could be used on a different car, most likely a small crossover. FCA boss Sergio Marchionne hinted at this, AutoExpress reports, while talking to the Press at the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show.

“If there is a MiTo [in the future], I don’t think it will be in the [current] shape. The market has shrunk – two-door B-segment hatchbacks is a very shrinking market. It’s got a limited practicality, so we have to be careful”, Marchionne commented.

The company’s chief, Reid Bigland, admits that there isn’t really much room for the MiTo and the C-segment Giulietta in Alfa Romeo’s range, which he says “is defined by the 4C, Stelvio and Giulia. The Giulietta and MiTo are two very good cars, but they’re not on the same level of Giulia and Stelvio”.

Launched a decade ago and based on the same underpinnings as the Fiat Grande Punto and Opel Corsa D (Fiat had formed a short-lived alliance with GM back then), the Alfa Romeo MiTo remains, for the most part, unchanged since then. It’s offered with a variety of petrol, petrol/LPG and diesel engines, and is available with three transmissions – two manuals, with five and six speeds, and a six-speed dual-clutch.

 

Alfa Romeo Bianco Purita Renderings by Jaemin Park

  • Bo Hanan

    ALFA has wagons and an SUV. Why give them a small CUV when Maserati really needs it?

    • LeStori

      Do not think Maserati needs a small jacked up hatchback in it’s range. It would be competing with FIAT.

  • Evo45

    They won’t make it 5 door hatchback but a small crossover? Understandable.

    • LeStori

      Isn’t a small crossover just marketing speak for a a jacked up hatchback?

      • Evo45

        Yeah, you’re probably right, I guess…

  • javier

    it coudl be alright , that remder is a little…..um…..bad

  • Bash

    Until Sergio come up with some crazy idea.

  • jfalckt

    Take anything that Marchionne says with a bucket of salt.

  • Sjaak

    childish rendering….

    • Nordschleife

      By all means please post your effort.

      • Sjaak

        all is far out of proportion, in the way a kid with high fever would draw a car, the stand is like a donk. really amateurish. that’s why

  • LeStori

    That rendering has only 2 doors so not very utilitarian so SV rather than SUV . I would take the S out as well as it stands for Stupid idea. In reality it woul be a small jacked up hatchback.

  • LeStori

    The biggest problem with the Mito was it was just a reskinned FIAT Grande Punto /GM Opel Corsa. Luckily the rot stopped there. And we got the Giorgio chassis for future Alfa Romeo. A small Alfa Romeo really does not have a chassis, other than a FIAT one, on which to be placed. And there lies the problem. Back to reskinned FIATs.

  • LeStori

    Thought Marchione was born an Italian . His father was Italian and his mother “Croatian”. Moved to Canada at the age of thirteen. So unless the Italy and Canada have become USA states…

    The real problem is he is Southern Italian.

  • MG force.
  • MarketAndChurch

    how do you expect FCA to get the money to develop anything if they don’t build SUV’s, which is what people want to buy… Alfa will be in a better position if they had a couple of SUV’s to rival VW, Renault, PSA, Toyota, and Ford with.

    • LeStori

      A small SUV is just an unstable hatchback.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        YES, YES, YES!!!

        THANK YOU!!!

    • Ed Ward

      Chrysler corporation is funding this pathetic company.

  • Just give FCA new Fiats, Dodges, Chryslers.

    Sincerely,

    Any reasonable person.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      P.S.

      Do all of that on time.

      Crazy concept, I know…

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Give it about 50 years.

  • Bob

    Lots of flip flopping in FCA generally.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Ironic, isn’t it?

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