Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was on a quest to turn Alfa Romeo into a true competitor to the German brands. One big piece of this effort was the creation of the Giorgio rear-wheel drive architecture. While Giorgio isn’t going away entirely, new parent company Stellantis is scrapping it from Alfa’s plans.
Alfa’s mission to take on the Germans remains, but Automotive News reports the roadmap there has changed. Stellantis is shifting Alfa’s future products from Giorgio to its own platforms. Specifically, the automaker wants all future Alfa vehicles to be underpinned by its STLA Large architecture.
This move for Alfa is part of a broader consolidation within Stellantis. The new automaker aims to develop most of its future products on just four architectures. Joining the large one is the STLA Small, STLA Medium and STLA Body. The body architecture being a body-on-frame design for pickups and SUVs. All four architectures will offer driving ranges from 310-497 miles, the STLA Large offering the longest range.
While Alfa is pivoting its strategy away from Giorgio, it isn’t dying. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on Giorgio. The upcoming Maserati Grecale SUV is also based on the architecture. It’s also possible other Stellantis models could leverage a modified Giorgio.
This latest strategy shift underscores the level change afoot at Alfa Romeo under the leadership of its new CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato. Recently, it was revealed that Imparato has already delayed the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV. The new CEO was not happy with the vehicle’s plug-in hybrid performance and delayed it three months for improvements.
The Tonale is now slated to start production in March 2022.