Alfa Romeo is in a sharing mood.The head of Alfa Romeo has confirmed that the automaker is seriously considering sharing its rear-wheel drive architecture with other brands within the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family.Alfa Romeo developed its Giorgio architecture to underpin its Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, but the Italian firm says that it might make sense to share the rear-wheel drive platform with other nameplates.
"Modifying that platform to spawn additional FCA products is a possibility," Reid Bigland, head of the Alfa brand, told Automotive News. "We've got a jewel here. In terms of driving dynamics, it's best in class, so it's going to be difficult to keep that exclusive for Alfa Romeo."
Bigland added that the platform could be used for vehicles position both higher and lower than the Alfa brand. That means that it might end up under future Maserati and Dodge vehicles.
Previous rumors have indicated that the Alfa Romeo platform could underpin several Dodge models, including the Charger sedan, Challenger coupe, Journey crossover and Durango SUV. Those vehicles would ship standard with rear-wheel drive, but could offer all-wheel drive as an option.
Sharing the costs with a high-volume brand like Dodge would make sense. Alfa Romeo spent more than $1 billion to develop the Giorgio architecture, which could prove difficult to recoup for a small niche brand. However, FCA would have to spend at least that much more to adapt the platform for use in other vehicles.
The first Alfa Rome-based Dodge vehicles aren't expected to come to market before 2020.
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