Alfa Romeo spent €1 billion ($1.07 billion) developing the Giorgio platform, in the hope that a bespoke chassis would finally allow it to compete on an equal footing with BMW, Mercedes, and Jaguar.
Though it is ostensibly intended for Alfa Romeo’s exclusive use, forming the basis of up to eight new models, brand head Reid Bigland has suggested it could be used by other Fiat Chrysler brands.
Speaking to journalists at last week’s Los Angeles auto show he said: “Modifying that platform to spawn additional FCA products is a possibility. We’ve got a jewel here. In terms of driving dynamics, it’s best in class, so it’s going to be difficult to keep that exclusive for Alfa Romeo.”
Bigland suggested the platform could be adapted for vehicles at both higher and lower price points than Alfa Romeos. Though he gave no examples, he said it would either rear- or four-wheel-drive. In which case, Dodge and Maserati would be the brands most likely to use the Giorgio platform, presumably for new mid-size, performance-oriented models.
The Giulia has received generally high praise from the motoring press, and expectations are similarly high for the Stelvio. In 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) Quadrifoglio form, the Giulia broke the sedan lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and Alfa hopes to break the SUV record with the Stelvio QV, as well.
In the United States, lesser versions of both the Giulia and Stelvio come with a 280 hp (209 kW), 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo motor. Elsewhere in the world, lower-powered gas and diesel engines will be available, too.
Alfa Romeo intends to have all of its Giorgio-based models on sale by 2020. The Giulia QV goes on sale in the U.S. next month, and the Stelvio is expected to follow early next year.
Source: Automotive News