Alfa Romeo is finally coming to North America. The 4C will come in 2012 with the Giulia and an unnamed crossover following in 2013.
Alfa Romeo's excellent array of automobiles are arriving to North America, just not as fast as one would like. Originally scheduled (and confirmed) by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne that the official launch would be ready to go in 2012, it turns out the date will actually be closer to mid-2013. The Italian Automaker will release the 4C sports car for the U.S. in 2012, while the rest of the lineup gradually makes its way across the pond.
The Giulia sedan and a new compact crossover will follow the 4C in 2013. The delay was due to, according to Marchionne via Autonews, proposed styling for the sedan being rejected three times in the past 18 months. The 4C coupe sports a turbocharged 1.8-liter motor that can churn out 265hp. Alfa Romeo pulled out of the U.S. in 1995 due to a bad rep for poor quality. For 10 years Alfa Romeo's return to the U.S. has been delayed, but now the wait should finally be over. Last seen in the U.S. with the over-$100,000 8C, the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car should price around $50,000 and be available in 2012.