Alfa Romeo's switch to rear-wheel drive could pay huge dividends to Chrysler and Dodge.

According to Automotive News' sources, engineers are working on a joint rear-wheel drive architecture that would underpin models from all three brands. The platform is slated to be used on the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfetta flagship as well as next-generation Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

Initial reports indicated everything was a done deal and Maserati would help develop the platform but sources have stepped forward to say that Alfa's rear-wheel drive plans are currently just a feasibility study. Regardless, a decision is expected by the end of the year so we should learn more in the coming months.

Alfa Romeo rear-wheel drive platform to be shared with Chrysler & Dodge - report