For Alfa Romeo's 160 U.S dealers, the question has never been about the brand's impressive 0-to-60 launch times. Rather, it is about how fast Fiat Chrysler can get newly designed Alfa Romeos into dealerships and in front of actual paying customers.
As of the middle of last week most if not all of the brand's U.S. dealers were still waiting to receive their first Giulia sedans, according to Alfa's U.S. website. And this for a vehicle whose design was revealed in mid-2015.
The well-reviewed Giulia will indeed show up in U.S. dealerships during the first part of 2017, followed by an all-wheel-drive crossover based on the Giulia, the Stelvio. The technical delays that plagued the Giulia's launch in 2016 should be largely worked out, allowing the Stelvio to show up in dealerships in the second half of 2017.
In March, Alfa will unveil a Giulia sports wagon to compete with the BMW 3-series Touring.
The addition of the sports wagon by the end of 2017 would give the brand about half the lineup FCA said in 2014 it would have by 2018. Back then FCA said there would be at least eight Alfas in the U.S. by 2018.