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Alfa Romeo RWD ‘Giorgio’ platform on the way

January 29, 2014

You might remember late last year news that Alfa Romeo is planning to introduce a number of new models and platforms as part of a five-year plan. There’s now word suggesting the first of such platforms has already received a name, the ‘Giorgio’.

Alfa Romeo 159 badge

It’s understood the rear-wheel drive platform will be a modular unit capable of forming the foundations for a number of new vehicles, and not just from Alfa Romeo. Since Fiat now owns Jeep and Chrysler, the platform is expected to spawn new models in their showrooms.

The beauty of Fiat’s ownership of Chrysler Group is the fact that platforms can be made more viable. Instead of developing an all-new layout specifically for one model only, the company will be able to spread its costs and turn Giorgio into a vaster investment.

As for the Alfa Romeo in question, it’s set to be like a successor to the old 159 sedan. It will compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and may be available in both rear- and all-wheel drive layouts.

According to an Automotive News report, the platform is being created by Maserati engineers in Modena, Italy.

More details on Fiat’s plans will be revealed in May when the company releases its first-quarter results.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.