Yesterday’s marathon Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) presentation was so massive and sweeping in all that it encompassed that City analysts are still picking through the details.

There were plenty of surprises – not least FCA’s amazing sales ambition for the Jeep brand – but the most eagerly awaited was the industrial plan for Alfa Romeo.

In Alfa’s case, it’s a massive £4 billion investment in eight new models, which will arrive between now and 2018.

The only surprise in the product plan is that Alfa has decided to stay in the compact premium segment. With one of ‘New Alfa’s’ objectives being to produce ‘best-in-class’ rear and all-wheel drive architecture, it seems that there’s more than a good chance of a compact, rear-drive Alfa Romeo arriving in showrooms, in two body styles, between 2016 and 2018.

The first new Alfa road car – the rear-drive rival for the BMW 3-series – will arrive in late 2015, with a flagship sporting Cloverleaf version appearing from the outset. That saloon will be followed by an estate. There’ll also be two ‘UVs’ – Alfa has adopted the ‘Utility Vehicle’ tag – presumably both based on Alfa’s new homegrown platform.