Alfa Romeo\'s MiTo Might Come To The US Yet
|   Monday, April 29, 2013
A long time ago, over 10 years ago, the folks at Alfa Romeo taunted the US market with its arrival. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and the company still hasn't kept its word. Well, you could say the 8C Competizione was an exception but many, including us, don't consider it that way because of it very limited production run. However, there is still hope for Alfa Romeo to come to the Eastern Shore of the Atlantic. Fiat Group boss Sergio Marchionne says he wants the next MiTo to go to the US following the 4C and 6C lineup.


The down side, if this announcement comes to pass, is that we will have to wait until the 2016 version is out. If so, the MiTo will most likely appear in one of two forms.

The first idea would be to continue in the footsteps of the current generation. The current 3 door hatch principle would receive an overhaul and keep the line going for another 7 years. Of course, global marketing of this option would almost certainly be out of the question; there are some arguments in favor of that happening, but the odds are very slim.

The next choice is much more interesting. Instead of continuing the current MiTo recipe, the new model could be something like a compact crossover similar to a BMW X4, just much smaller. One benefit of this option would be the increased chances of it going on sale at a global level. But even so there are some obstacles, mainly of financial orders: it is not clear if Fiat can undertake the effort of massively expanding its lineup of small models.

Well, that is how speculation goes anyway. The only thing that is certain in this whole deal is that the new mode will be underpinned by Fiat's new architecture that currently serves as the foundation for the 500L. As many have pointed out, this might mean that both the compact crossover and the MiTo could be attempted.

As far as powerplants go, the European version might very well get the traditional diesel motorization, but other types of fuels are also considered due to the ever increasing regulations. The rumormongers say that that the MiTo range will have the next-gen 2-cylinder TwinAir turbo from Fiat, which will offer 100 horsepower and also be capable of running on biofuel and natural gas. A turbocharged 4-cylinder MultiAir that produces 200 horsepower will be the top engine. And if the guys from Car And Driver are right, a plug-in hybrid option is in the works too.

And now it is time for the thing that might crush all our hopes. Marchionne remains cautious concerning the viability of investing in shipping and homologation of Alfas for limited sales. Considering the price tag would be close to that of a Mini, he might be right. In the end, this isn't about love of cars, but business and making money.
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