Not since 1993 have you been able to walk into an Alfa Romeo showroom in the United States and pick from more than just one model. Soon, however, Alfa Romeo will have three choices on offer: the Giulia compact sedan, the Stelvio compact crossover, and the 4C sports car in coupe and Spider droptop variants.
Back in '93, you had a choice between the only mildly updated since 1966 Spider (OK, so it got fuel injection and an airbag...) or the Saab 9000-derived Alfa Romeo 164 (which was good, but the Saab came out in 1986, so it wasn't exactly a spring chicken either). A year later, Alfa Romeo quietly exited the American market with a handful of special Spider Commemorative Editions, and it essentially stayed away for 20 years except for the 8C Competizione supercar and the fun but hugely compromised 4C.
Now, Alfa's here to stay, or so the brand says. Let's have a look at what the Italians hope will sway you away from the BMW 3-Series and the Audi Q5, among others.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in an Alfa Romeo showroom this year:
- No changes announced yet.
- New rear- and all-wheel drive compact sedan lineup.
- Choice of 280 or 505 horsepower from 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and 2.9-liter V-6 turbo engines.
- Quadrifoglio model boasts V-6, track-tuned chassis.
- Name reprises badge used on popular Alfa Romeo sedan and coupe range introduced in 1960s.
- Arriving in 2017 as a 2018 model.
- All-new compact crossover available initially with 280 or 505 hp (in the Quadrifoglio model) engines shared with Giulia.
- Claimed to be the sportiest offering in its segment, even in base form.
- All-wheel drive and automatic-only.
- Alfa's first SUV, if you don't count the military trucks it built years ago.