Alfa Romeo goes hatchback-free after axing the Giulietta

Alfa Romeo exited the hatchback segment by ending production of the Giulietta, a Volkswagen Golf-sized model introduced in 2010. It’s planning on filling the void in its range with a city-friendly crossover in the coming years.

Honored with a heritage-laced nameplate, the Giulietta made its debut in Milan as Alfa Romeo celebrated its 100th birthday. Executives considered selling it in the United States but decided to keep it on the other side of the pond, though its basic platform underpinned the short-lived Dodge Dart. In its home country, the hatchback was positioned as a premium model that reflected the firm’s upmarket ambitions. It slotted beneath the Giulia.

Stylists made several visual tweaks to the Giulietta during its 10-year life cycle, and they managed to keep it looking relatively fresh. It’s a different story inside, where the 2020 model feels about as old as it is.

Alfa Romeo’s earlier hatchbacks — including the 147 — spawned high-performance variants that still raise eyebrows several decades after their launch, but the Giulietta never received the full go-fast treatment. Over the course of its production run, engine options ranged from a 104-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo four to a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged to 240 horsepower. Front-wheel-drive was the only configuration offered.

Over 400,000 units of the Giulietta were manufactured in Italy between 2010 and 2020. The final example was made shortly before Christmas, according to French website Caradisiac. We don’t know what it looks like or where it’s off to. Alfa could choose to put it in its collection, or it might send it to an unsuspecting dealer.

The news comes a couple of weeks after news that the slow-selling Alfa 4C Spider was among the cars that won’t be coming back in 2021.

What’s next?

Rumors claimed Alfa Romeo would develop a rear-wheel-drive successor to the third-generation Giulietta built on a shortened version of the Giulia’s platform. Had it been launched, this model would have undoubtedly become the enthusiast’s choice in its segment, especially because the BMW 1 Series went front-wheel-drive.

We don’t know if the reports were accurate, but what’s certain is that a new Alfa Romeo hatchback is not around the corner. Instead, the Giulietta’s spot in the range will soon be occupied by the production version of the Tonale concept (pictured above) introduced during the 2019 edition of the Geneva auto show. We expect to learn more details about the crossover — which will likely become Alfa’s best-seller — in the not-too-distant future.

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