The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is dead, or at least that’s what the latest Autocar report says. According to the British publication, the Italian sedan was withdrawn from sale after having existed for 11 years.
This news was hardly a surprise, however. Alfa Romeo, through its product marketing director Fabio Migliavacca, announced the fate of the Giulietta last year, which will pave the way for the arrival of the Tonale crossover. The schedule was delayed, presumably because of the pandemic, the Coach report said.
Speaking of the Tonale, Alfa Romeo’s new CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato wants better performance from the model’s PHEV system, according to a report last month. This delays the launch of the Tonale, which was due to take place this year, but with recent development, it looks like the Italian brand has other plans.
It’s worth noting that the Tonale will be placed under the larger Giulia and Stelvio models, which are said to be the automaker’s savior in the avid SUV market. With that responsibility at hand, a lackluster performance shouldn’t be an option.
The good news is that recent reports indicate the Tonale is coming to the United States, although an even smaller crossover might not make it to the United States. Whether it’s selling or not, only time can tell.
That said, the departure of the Giulietta means that the Alfa Romeo lineup will remain for several months with only two models on sale – at least until the arrival of the Tonale. Some reports say the little crossover could arrive in the summer of 2022, but frankly your guess is just as good as ours right now.
What is certain, however, is that the new CEO is working to keep the Alfa Romeo brand alive. The new Stellantis merger will make this possible, with “greater opportunities” in store for the automaker in the years to come.