The merger of Alfa Romeo’s parent company Fiat Chrysler and France’s Groupe PSA next year is causing pundits to connect the dots. Which models or entire car lines will not make the cut under the new aegis Stellantis? While 2021 looks rather bleak for Alfa Romeo it will debut one new model will debut.
Beyond that, there are only minor changes for the two Alfas left in the lineup. With the Stelvio receiving upgrades and improvements for 2020, there is almost nothing new to report for 2021. A new trim level called Veloce will be added. It takes on some of the Quadrifoglio features but is powered by the 2.0-liter turbo-four. The base trim is now called Sprint and the high-end Lusso trim has been canned.
The Giulia GTA arrives with the Quadrifoglio 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6
For the troubled Guilia sedan, the GTA arrives with the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Quadrifoglio. That adds up to 540 hp while the weight has been reduced by 220 lbs. The GTAm variant is called “a street-legal race car” by Alfa. It features racing front seats, no rear seats, and six-point safety belts.
Alfa will make only 500 GTA and GTAm models worldwide. As with the Veloce, the base trim is called Sprint and the Lusso trim has been deleted. Now let’s get into what’s really new, shall we?
The Tonale subcompact crossover should debut shortly. It shares components with the Jeep Compass but should exhibit improved performance and handling over the Jeep. Power will come from Jeep’s plug-in hybrid system. A fully electric Alfa crossover is in the works and if it survives the merger it will ride on a PSA platform. If it makes the cut it will be slightly smaller than the Tonale.
Alfa’s GTV four-passenger sports coupe will also debut in 2021
Alfa’s GTV four-passenger sports coupe will also debut some time in 2021. It will be based on the Giulia platform but with a difference. Power will come from the twin-turbo V6 but with an added electric motor combining to make over 600 hp and all-wheel-drive.
Looking at what will be the entire lineup of the combined PSA and Fiat Chrysler brands there are some obvious fence-sitters. Alfa Romeo would surely be one of them. But as storied as is its history, it would be a shame to drop the brand.
The Alfa 4C coupe and convertible won’t be back in the US. Fiat has also scaled back its offerings in the US. This is all a result of poor sales. The Alfa brand has its fans here but it is not resonating overall. It may only be a matter of time before we see either an all-hands-on-deck push or complete elimination of the Italian brands.