Jean-Philippe Imparato, boss of Alfa Romeo, wants the return of a traditional compact in the range of his brand. She could be called Alfetta.
Since the stop of the Giulietta, there is no longer a classic compact at Alfa Romeo. For this size of car, the brand preferred to bet on the SUV, a much more fashionable silhouette these days. The manufacturer thus finally launched the Tonale in 2022, a model which became its first rechargeable hybrid.
However, an “old-fashioned” compact could well make a comeback in the range. It is the boss of Alfa, Jean-Philippe Imparato, who made this wish with the magazine Quattroruote. He even evoked the revival of a former glory of Biscione: “What I want to do is an Alfetta”.
The Alfetta was offered between 1972 and 1984, with two silhouettes, a sedan then a coupe, the latter having marked the spirits with its look. A look that could well inspire the next model, Jean-Philippe Imparato promising a “very cool” design.
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However, you should not be in a hurry to see this still uncertain return of the Alfetta. The brand is in full transformation to become a firm that only sells electric cars from 2027. The product plan validated by Stellantis provides for one big launch per year until 2027.
But this program does not yet include compacts. First there will be a small urban SUV, then the renewal of the Giulia and Stelvio. The classic compact would therefore be for after, not before 2028. That year, Lancia must launch a brand new Delta, electric. The new Alfetta will surely be its technical cousin, Stellantis counting on multiplying “sister” car projects, ie cars that are distinguished only by visible design elements.
The next electric Alfetta would thus have the same base, probably the STLA Medium.