2012 Dodge compact to be based on Alfa Romeo Giulietta | HULIQ

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2012 Dodge compact to be based on Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Since Italian automaker Fiat purchased a 20% stake in the Chrysler Group, there have been rumors that the company would be bringing other brands of theirs, such as Alfa Romeo, to the United States to join Fiat and Ferrari. According to multiple sources, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta could be available as soon as 2012 but it will likely be wearing Dodge badges when it hits US streets.

Company CEO Sergio Marchionne has been quoted several times, referencing the use of the sporty 2010 Giulietta in the US market as the newest sport compact from Dodge, likely replacing the Dodge Caliber. We know that the Caliber has been given its walking papers effective at the end of the 2011 model year but there has been no discussion (or even spyshots) of any new compact car from Dodge. Even the luxury oriented Chrysler brand offers no legitimate small car, so the introduction of a sporty compact combining Italian design with Dodge styling cues would fit nicely into the lineup.

The 2012 Dodge Giulietta could be just as sweet with a different name

Dodge has not had a real contender in the compact market since they foolishly killed off the Neon and although the 5-door hatchback Caliber has been available, it has never seen the success felt by the Dodge Neon. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers a far more sleek and sporty shape, so those who are turned off by the mini-me station wagon design of the Caliber could be lured to Dodge dealerships by a smaller, more fuel efficient hatchback using a heavy dose of Fiat’s European designs.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

However, the next question centers around the drivetrain of this 2012 Dodge compact based on the 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Fiat plans to acquire a 15% higher stake in the Chrysler Group but one of the stipulations is that Chrysler has to offer at least one vehicle that offers 40mpg or better.

Dodge and Chrysler have nothing to fulfill that requirement right now but the Alfa Romeo Giulietta in the European market has five engines that offer 40mpg or better and two of those offer better than 50mpg. The bad news is that three of those five engines (and the two 50+mpg engines) are diesels and the US market isn’t as diesel-friendly as consumers in Europe, so we are less likely to see an oil-burning 2012 Dodge compact.

The good news is that the other two engines are both 1.4L MultiAir 4-cylinders and when the 2011 Fiat 500 reaches dealerships later this year it will be powered by a 1.4L MultiAir engine that is built in Dundee, Michigan. The 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta powered by the 1.4L MultiAir I4 offers 168 horsepower and 180lb-ft of torque while yielding 40mpg with a manual transmission and 45mpg with the twin clutch (automatic) transmission.

A source who asked to remain unnamed with Chrysler told me that over the past few months, the engine and transmission testing people at Chrysler’s test facilities have been logging major hours, testing a variety of these new Fiat engines. The engines being developed and tested could very likely be the engines that will help the 2012 Dodge compact based on the 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta reach the 40mpg rating needed for Fiat to invest more money in the Chrysler Group.

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