Before the excellent 4C sportscar arrived on US shores, unbeknownst to most Americans, the 2013 and later Dodge Dart was about as close as they could get to (legally) owning a contemporary Alfa Romeo there. It was built on a variation of the same Fiat Compact Platform underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Of course, the 4C has since launched in the US, but the recent introduction of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has us wondering: should Chrysler or Dodge build something off of that platform, as well?
On the one hand, while much of the Italian marque’s portfolio is still absent from the United States, we can all rest assured that the Alfa Romeo Giulia will indeed be making its way across the ocean around mid-2016. This may make the introduction of a Dodge or Chrysler product built on the same platform somewhat redundant, especially because Chrysler already has a midsize sedan – the 200.
On the other hand, Dodge is now lacking a midsize, four-door offering, ever since the Avenger sedan was discontinued after the 2014 model year. The Alfa Romeo Giulia’s platform might make a prime candidate to underpin that car’s replacement – although Dodge isn’t likely to follow the Avenger up with a RWD/AWD-only offering. Much more compelling is the prospect of a new Charger and Challenger both built on that platform, ditching their current heavy, Mercedes-Benz-derived underpinnings in favor of something smaller and lighter.
But a smaller, more lithe Dodge Charger/Challenger duo doesn’t seem very likely, does it?
At any rate, we want to hear what you think. Should Dodge and/or Chrysler use the new platform of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia? And if so, for what?