It works for Volkswagen Group – think Touareg and Bentley Bentayga – so it’s fair enough for Fiat Chrysler (FCA) chief Sergio Marchionne to confirm his intercontinental brands will expand their platform sharing which started with the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade.
Now Marchionne has told North American media that the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia’s rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive platforms will be shared not only with fellow Italian brand Maserati but will cross the Atlantic for use by Jeep, Dodge and maybe Chrysler.
FCA is in the midst of re-launching the iconic Alfa Romeo brand – the ground-breaking Stelvio SUV’s northern hemisphere launch is imminent – and platform sharing is one way of amortizing the costs involved.
Marchionne confirmed an investment in Alfa Romeo so far of US$2.7 billion (A$3.5 billion) with a total of €5.0 billion (A$7.05 billion) booked-up until 2020 to underwrite up to eight all-new models.
The plans are aimed at lifting Alfa Romeo’s global sales to beyond 400,000 vehicles from 2018.
So the Giorgio platform from the Giulia will be part of all Maserati models from 2018 – including the rumoured all-new mid-size SUV - as well as the larger Jeep models (Cherokee and Grand Cherokee), the next-generation of rear wheel drive vehicles for Dodge (Charger, Challenger, Journey and Durango, plus an all-new new Giulia-based mid-sizer) and possibly the all-new Chrysler 300.
“The investment in Alfa Romeo and certainly the technical investment in the architecture was something that was designed to benefit more than Alfa,” Marchionne revealed. “I’m happy that we have finally found clarity of thought in the extension of these architectures well beyond Alfa.”
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