Alfa Romeo launching new model every year to 2026 - report

Alfa Romeo will have a range of new vehicles by 2026, and will be electric-only from 2027. The plug-in hybrid Tonale is first on the agenda.

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Alfa Romeo is finally getting some more products.

Reuters reports the brand will launch a new model every year until 2026 per an announcement made by CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato at an Italian dealer’s event.

From 2027, the brand will sell only electric vehicles and is targeting three “basecamps”: Europe, North America and China.

It has, however, committed to right-hand drive production and a continued presence in Australia.

The first cab off the rank will be the delayed Tonale crossover, which is now slated for a March 2022 debut ahead of sales commencing in Italy in June 2022.

Expected to share its platform with the Jeep Compass and Renegade, the Tonale will offer Alfa Romeo’s first plug-in hybrid option.

Next is expected to be a new light SUV in 2023, which could wear the Brennero nameplate after another mountain pass.

It’ll offer a pure-electric option and is expected to use either the CMP platform of the Peugeot 2008 or its STLA Small successor.

It’s set to be built alongside new Fiat and Jeep-branded light SUVs at Stellantis’ Tychy, Poland plant.

Like the 2008, it should offer the option of an all-electric powertrain with 100kW of power, a 45kWh battery, and an electric range of around 321km.

It’s unclear what Alfa Romeo will launch in subsequent years.

The current Giulia and Stelvio entered production in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and are therefore are due to be replaced.

Imparato has also said he’s “very interested” in a revived GTV, which could take the shape of a retro-inspired two-door coupe or a four/five-door fastback.

A report from Autocar earlier this year said an electric GTV could become the brand’s flagship, with a redesigned Giulia and Stelvio, a replacement for the defunct MiTo, and potentially a convertible also in the pipeline.

The MiTo, like the Brennero and next-generation Lancia Ypsilon, could use the STLA Small platform.

The Giulia and Stelvio will reportedly shift from the Giorgio platform to the new STLA Large architecture that’ll also be used by, among other brands, Maserati.

This can support mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains, the latter of which will offer up to 799km of electric range.

By 2025, the Tonale could be the only Alfa Romeo left with a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles-developed platform, and be the only Alfa without an electric option.

Alfa Romeo will reportedly strengthen its ties with Maserati, collaborating more closely in engineering and development activities and more closely aligning its sales and service operations, and will also use platforms shared with other Stellantis brands while maintaining its own Italian flair and dynamics.

The brand’s design team will now be headed by Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the former head of design at Dacia and the man responsible for styling Seat models like the current-generation Leon, Arona, Ateca and Tarraco.

Stellantis’ commitment to expanding the Alfa Romeo range is in contrast to the brand’s later years under FCA.

Its future product plans initially included rivals for the BMW 5 Series and X5, as well as an 8C supercar successor, a plug-in hybrid and an all-wheel drive GTV coupe.

Most of these models disappeared from FCA’s future plans in 2018 and 2019, with replacements for the MiTo and Giulietta also nixed.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares has said each of his company’s 14 brands will be given a chance to flourish.

He said he will “give a chance to each of our brands, under the leadership of a strong CEO, to define their vision, build a roadmap and make sure they use the valuable assets of Stellantis to make their business case fly”.

Each brand has been handed a “time window of 10 years and [given] funding for 10 years to do a core model strategy”.

Alfa Romeo is part of Stellantis’ group of ‘Premium’ brands, sitting alongside DS and Lancia.

Under its 10-year plan, the Lancia brand will expand back into other European countries. It currently sells only one model in only one market.

It’ll launch three new models by 2028, one of which will resurrect the Delta nameplate.

Both DS and Lancia will go electric-only from 2024.

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