Alfa Romeo abandons sports cars in favor of SUVsNovember 11, 2019
The Italian manufacturer abandoned its planned projects for 8C supercars and GTV sports cars, focusing instead on a pair of new SUVs.
Alfa Romeo canceled the 8C supercar and GTV sports cars, the intention to build which it announced earlier. Instead, the Italian firm will focus on the fresh B-segment SUV and the recently introduced Tonale C-segment SUV. After the 4C sports car has already “slipped out” of the assortment, the Italian brand will also soon refuse to sell the Giulietta hatchback, having reduced its lineup planned for 2022 from seven models to four.
The Giulietta may be canceled as early as next year, and Giulia and Stelvio will move on by 2020 with no change, with a mid-cycle update for both models planned for 2021. The new Alfa Romeo Tonale will hit the market in 2021, followed by the new smaller B-segment SUV in 2022.
According to a third-quarter Alfa Romeo review, 8C and GTV projects were aimed at cutting costs and bringing the brand in line with current market trends. The firm also announced that it plans to use a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for the new Tonale, and that its new B-segment SUV will be offered with an all-electric powerplant – both of which are being used for the first time on Alfa Romeo.
A pair of new Alfa Romeo SUVs will enter the entire global market, where Tonale has already shown better sales than the BMW X1, Volkswagen T-Roc, Audi Q3 and Nissan Qashqai. The B-segment SUV planned by the company will also face stiff competition in the face of the Skoda Kamiq, Citroen C3 Aircross, Renault Captur and the all-new Nissan Juke.
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