Alfa Romeo, Fiat, And Jeep Are All Getting New Crossovers

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But they won't be built in Italy.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles just announced new investments for its Tychy factory in Poland. The investment will go towards the expansion and modernization of the plant, which will produce three new vehicles starting in the second half of 2022. This is huge news, as it impacts three different brands within the FCA portfolio. The company even confirmed that the three new models would wear Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep badges, so we already have some ideas of what they will be.

They will all feature either hybrid or all-electric drivetrains, and one could be the production Alfa Romeo Tonale, which was first shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It's also likely that Tychy will produce an SUV that sits below the Tonale, rumored to use the Brennero name.

2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale Front Angle View CarBuzz
2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale Rear Angle View CarBuzz

According to rumors, the new Alfa Romeo may share underpinnings with French Groupe PSA vehicles. Earlier this year, FCA and PSA merged to form a new group called Stellantis, and this could be the first instance where the two automakers build vehicles together. Alfa Romeo previously claimed that it would not build cars outside of Italy, but this most recent news indicates that the automaker has changed its stance on this matter.

The Tychy plant currently employs around 2,500 people to build the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon. By 2022, the factory will transition to building the aforementioned Alfa Romeo crossover and replacements for the 2021 Fiat 500X and 2021 Jeep Renegade, two vehicles that currently share a platform and that are built in Melfi, Italy.

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The 500X is now the last Fiat model offered in the United States for the 2021 model year, but rumors predict it will soon be replaced by an all-new model that will also succeed the 500L.

The Jeep Renegade is also due for a replacement, and since the current model uses the same underpinnings as the 500X, it would make sense for the all-new model to do the same.

2015-2018 Jeep Renegade Front Angle View Jeep
2015-2018 Jeep Renegade Rear Angle View Jeep
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