Alfa Romeo's next all-new cars are likely to be dictated by the rapid growth of the highly profitable SUV segment - starting with the Stelvio mid-sized SUV, and potentially growing to include all-new larger and smaller models.
The Stelvio will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November before going on sale in mid-2017.
Alfa Romeo CEO Reid Bigland says it will stand out from rivals such as the BMW X3 through a combination of better driving dynamics, more advanced technology and more emotive styling. "When people drive that car,' they will understand we are being true to the Alfa DNA," said Bigland.
Beyond that, Bigland declined to confirm any new models, but conceded: "The whole world is gravitating to SUVs. A few years ago an Alfa Romeo or Maserati SUV would have been sacrilegious, but now? It makes sense to give customers what they want. We must keep an eye on consumer preferences."