Unlike another legendary Italian automaker, Lancia, which is pretty much dead and buried, Alfa Romeo is moving on with the modern times by announcing a bold four-year strategy.
One of the iconic models that’s making a comeback is the GTV. Expected to be a coupe version of the popular Giulia, it will add the Quadrifoglio moniker and will go after the BMW M4, Audi RS5 and Mercedes-AMG C63.
In the roadmap published earlier today by Alfa Romeo, they speak about a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and space for four occupants inside. More importantly, it will sit in a league of its own with in excess of 600 horsepower from an undisclosed powertrain with E-Boost technology and all-wheel drive torque vectoring.
Get ready for a new Alfa Romeo 8C!
The all-new Alfa Romeo GTV will be launched by 2022, when it will be joined by yet another iconic nameplate from the Italian brand: the 8C. It will boast more than 700 horsepower generated by a hybrid powertrain, with a twin-turbo mid-engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor channeling the output to the front axle. In a straight line, this supercar will sprint to 100km/h (62mph) in under three seconds.
The FCA-owned brand says that it will adopt a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, while the teaser image accompanying the announcement shows a very sleek looking machine, with lots of curves and the Quadrifoglio logo applied on the rear quarter panels.
Two more SUVs are coming, too!
Building on the success of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the car firm will launch two more SUVs. One of them will be of compact size, slotting right under the Stelvio, whereas the other will be larger and will take on the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7, among others.
LWB models for China
In addition to the new GTV and 8C, and the SUV expansion, Alfa Romeo will also launch long wheelbase versions of the Giulia and Stelvio. These should help bump their sales in China from 2.6 million units last year to 3.2 million units in 2022, according to an internal analysis.
No more diesel for Alfa either
Alfa Romeo will soon wave goodbye to diesel engines, as their strategy includes electrification. As a result, expect to see hybrid and plug-in hybrid Alfas on the streets in the near future, with the latter promising a zero-emission range of more than 50km (31mi).
“Every Alfa Romeo will be all-new or redesigned”, and “will offer electrification”
The Giulietta will remain in the compact segment, challenging the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1-Series. However, the premium hatchback will be seriously updated with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, as revealed by the road map, in addition to self-driving tech and connected features.
The Giulia and Stelvio will welcome mid-cycle updates, too, including PHEV powertrains and autonomous driving technology.