The platform of the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be used to underpin models from other brands within the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) empire, the company’s boss, Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed.
The outspoken Canadian-Italian boss told Automotive News that the rear- and all-wheel drive Giorgio platform, used by the both Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, will be used on large Jeeps, Dodge’s next-generation of rear-wheel drive cars, and “the whole Maserati development beyond 2018″.
Given his latest comments, it’s safe to assume that the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will use a version of the Giorgio platform, as will the next-generation Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli, the GranTurismo replacement and long-planned Alfieri coupe.
A report in November 2016 indicated that the platform would also be used for the next-generation Dodge Charger sedan, Challenger coupe, and Barracuda convertible, although there would be no successor for the Chrysler 300 sedan. It’s believed that these models won’t begin hitting the streets until 2020.
This statement by the FCA boss confirms earlier reports that the Italian-American car maker would defray the cost of developing the new luxury car platform by using it across its range of brands.
Marchionne told analysts that relaunching Alfa Romeo as a competitor to BMW and Mercedes-Benz would cost the corporation over 2.5 billion euros ($3.6 billion). As such, Alfa Romeo lost money in 2016 and will also lose money this year.
The Giulia and Stelvio were initially intended as the first salvos in an eight vehicle assault on the luxury segment, all due on the market by 2018.
Last year, FCA stretched the target dates out to 2020, and has given no indication of when the next models in the plan will be released.