• Apr 21st 2010 at 3:31PM
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According to the comprehensive five-year plan which Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveiled today, the next generation of Alfa Romeos are slated to be based on a Chrysler platform.

Among those models will be the replacement for the current Spider, as well as the new Giulia sedan and wagon. These three models – which will replace the outgoing 159, Brera and Spider – were previously thought to borrow their underpinnings from a modified version of the C-segment platform that underpins the new Giulietta, but have now been revealed to be merged into Chrysler platforms, arriving in 2012 (Giulia) and 2013 (Spider). Although Marchionne didn't specify which Chrysler platform this will be, sources suggest it could be a modified version of the antiquated Mercedes-derived architecture that underpins the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger.

In addition to the Alfa's adoption of Chrysler architecture, Marchionne indicated that Chrysler and Lancia are set to be further integrated, with common products (including a new compact minivan and the replacement for the Ypsilon supermini) sold as Lancias in continental Europe and as Chryslers in North America and the UK. With the exception of the Challenger, Charger and Viper, Dodge and Fiat products will be similarly integrated, while Jeep is slated for an increased overseas market presence.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I won't need much convincing on the Alfa side of things, but I'll need some thorough persuasion on the benefits of keeping/updating the LX platform. Just keep feeding me some information, stat!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Auto writers are such spoiled babies. There is nothing technically old fashioned or "antiquated" about the LX platform. Platforms evolve and impove dramatically year to year these days. The most legitimate concern is the physical dimentions involved ie. track and wheelbase. The latter can easily be shortened but track is a little more complicated to change; but by no means impossible to adjust. I would think European markets would impose limits on both wheelbase and track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not funny, John. Keep the horror stories to yourself, please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's no need to call the LX platform antiquated. It's evolve over the years, just as any car platform has done. Just as the same platform has continued to evolve over at its birthplace at Mercedes Benz.

        You wouldn't call the new generation E-class antiquated, would you? Because it's got the same link to the old platform that the current LXs have.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Rob: like "Chrysler Sebring convertible" didn't pop into your head?

        The old SLK platform is indeed possible, and actually rather likely. It is irritating that there isn't a straight side shot in the entire gallery that would allow one to easily tell what platform sits underneath the skin.

        That said, SLK would be about the right size for a classic reworking of the Alfa Spider.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A RWD Alfa Romeo Spider, the proper way they should be. Man, can't wait for them to hit America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could get interesting!
      • 5 Years Ago
      ""2012 Giulia to be based on RWD Chrysler platform""

      No no no......the giulia will be based on the modified C segment platform, the all new E segment will be based on the RWD Chrysler platform
      • 5 Years Ago
      this sounds like they found the one way they could make it even heavier
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ditch the infotainment screen and bring that shifter up where it's supposed to be please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame. Would have been a nice car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seriously doubt it will be on the LX platform. It's too big both in weight and class for these vehicles.

      Hopefully this means the Dodge Demon/Razor is back on the table :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not more than 20 minutes ago I was at walmart looking at motortrend (I think) that was speculating on upcoming sports cars. They mentioned this car as well as the Demon coming around 2013. Just rumors obviously, but I'm excited about a Dodge roadster under 20k.

        " The Demon's biggest hurdle is the intended price. Chrysler officials say they could undercut the Solstice and Miata's $20,000 or so base price by five grand with a production version, meaning you could have one of these for the price of a stripped Jeep Compass."

        Of course things have changed since they tossed that price out there.

      • 5 Years Ago
      There will be only 3 platforms (A B and C) + 1 (Chrysler's RWD pltform)

      The large platform is the modified C segment where Giulia and next chrysler patriot's successor will be built

      • 5 Years Ago
      I am encouraged that Fiat seems to be very willing to share parts and platforms with Chrysler - after all, that is what a corporation should be doing. But I fear that if this in fact based on the 300-platform, the car is going to be both massive and heavy.

      Not unlike what happened with the Camaro - great looking design that had to be stretched and enlarged to fit on a RWD platform that was originally designed for a large sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. But, rather than the Camaro I believe the more appropiate analogy is the Challenger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Flea: True the Brera, Spider and 159 are hardly lightweights, but about as heavy as other cars in the market of the same size when you compare them with similar size engines and AWD. The Brera V6 AWD weighs less than a BMW 328Xi coupe (europe only), and the 159 3.2 Q4 weighs about as much as a V6 Audi A4 Quattro. They drive well ,but just needed more power, something Alfa has been shy about lately given its competition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ JPA914: True, the Challenger is overweight, but its spiritual
        predecessor was as well. I'm not convinced Dodge really had a
        Mustang rival in mind when they made the Challenger. I think it was
        simply intended to be a coupe version of the Charger with retro
        styling. I realize it receives red marks every time it faces the
        Chevy and Ford in a musclecar comparo, but truly it was never meant
        to dance. It's big, it's heavy, and it's okay in being so.

        In contrast, the Camaro is and has always been a Mustang rival. GM
        missed the mark by making it so heavy, letting the Mustang off easy
        in the power war. If not for the heft, it would handily beat the
        Ford in every comparison, but because the Mustang is nimbler, GM must
        occasionally accept defeat.

        Alfas should have a handling focus, and therefore weight is the
        enemy. RWD is a must, but the 300 platform may not fit the bill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the current brera and spider chassis is already hugely overweight. they used humongous amounts of steel for safety but didn't give it handling components up to the job. any other platform at this point is an improvement.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am hoping Fiat has some sort of way to twist 300 platform into something other then the old heavy (outdated in other words) Merc platform that it is. It really needs to be lighter and stronger for even the next gen 300 to be a success let alone something more upscale in the Alfa to be a success. I do however love that Fiat is willing to bring over Lancia's and badge'm as something else! Hopefully there is still hope to be able to buy the Punto/Panda in Arbath model's !
        • 5 Years Ago
        The LX platform is not based of a Mercedes-Benz platform, it's based on the LH. The suspension is based off the older MB S-class platform. The only thing common between anything MB and the LX is a transmission, some drive line stuff, and ABS/ESP components. Chrysler's already been working on getting away from the MB stuff anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure if they had that kind of engineering skill they wouldn't have bothered to buy Chrysler =(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Panda Abarth?

        You must be kidding.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ehisforadam(is that "eh" is for adam?):

        I thought the suspension bits were taken from the old E-class W210, not the W220.

        Anyway, Alfa Romeo Styling + RWD is *drool*...provided Fiat/Chrysler doesn't ruin it *cross finger*

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