Finally, it finally looks like Alfa Romeo is getting the attention it deserves. CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has a busy schedule for the struggling Italian brand, with plans for a new model launch every year until 2026. The revelation was made in an interview with Automotive news Europe then later confirmed by a spokesperson for parent company Stellantis, so this juicy news is as official as it gets.
The Tonale, a compact crossover initially previewed by a concept in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, will lead the way. It was due to go into production by the end of this year, but had to be postponed for a few months as Imparato was not satisfied with the performance delivered by the plug-in hybrid system. The big boss of Alfa Romeo wants the electrified Tonale to be sportier than the Peugeot 3008 PHEV, so the engineers are working hard to make the boss happy.
Senior Alfa officials have said that a world premiere of the Tonale is now due in March 2022 and sales will begin in Italy the following June. The identity of the remaining four new models has not been disclosed, but one of them is said to be an interim subcompact crossover called the Brennero, paired with the replacements for the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade.
We hope Alfa has something else in mind than SUVs, and ideally one of the canceled GTV or 8C models is back on the drawing board. A more affordable coupe to fill the void left after the disappearance of the 4C would also be appreciated by enthusiasts. Personally, I would love to see a new wagon, but that’s just wishful thinking at this point.
Imparato went on to mention that every new model the company launches from 2027 will be an EV. Lancia has a similar plan when it comes to electrification, with plans to make only zero-emission models from 2026. Earlier this week, the Delta’s rebirth was confirmed for the impending electric age.