Alfa Romeo will develop a larger model of the current Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover in the United States that will be launched in 2027, according to CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato.
Learned made the comments during a media call last week in which he also stated that developing the vehicle in the United States does not necessarily mean production in the United States or other NAFTA countries, Reuters reported.
Alfa Romeo currently builds its vehicles exclusively in Italy.
Learned said a vehicle type decision was not made, with an SUV, crossover and sedan all on the table, though he also said a large traditional SUV like the BMW X5 probably won’t be the case. according to Reuters.
A decision is expected by the end of the year.
Learned’s comments come a few months after claiming that Alfa Romeo designs a vehicle the size of the BMW X5 to be launched in 2027 as the automaker’s flagship. He said the vehicle will be electric, which is in line with a previously announced plan that will see Alfa Romeo only offer electric vehicles from 2027.
Alfa Romeo, as a member of Stellantis fold, has access to four modular EV platforms: STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large and STLA Frame. The US-developed Alfa Romeo will likely drive on the STLA Large platform which will offer up to 500 miles of range and is designed for premium midsize and large cars.
With Alfa Romeo going all-electric in just a few years, it is rumored that the automaker will do away with the internal combustion engine with a bang. Rumors indicate that Alfa Romeo is relaunching its plans for a mid-engined supercar, announced in 2018 but canceled the following year.