The Italian carmaker is officially done with hatchbacks.
The car world mourns the loss of yet another hatchback as the Alfa Romeo Giulietta will stop being produced after 2020. The Giulietta was never offered here in the United States, even though Alfa Romeo trademarked the name back in 2017. Still, word of its fun-to-drive nature and Volkswagen Golf-rivaling driving pleasure made its way across the pond, and we are sad to see it discontinued.
After discontinuing the MiTo back in 2018, Alfa Romeo no longer has any hatchback models in its lineup. This makes sense, as the Italian brand has recently transitioned to be a stylish luxury alternative to BMW and Mercedes with new products like the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.
No direct replacement for the Giulietta is planned. Instead, the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tonale crossover will take the Giulietta's place as the affordable entry point into the lineup. Alfa Romeo is also planning to build a smaller hybrid/electric crossover that could also fill the space that used to be occupied by the Giuletta and MiTo.
The Giulietta was introduced back in 2010 during Alfa's 100th anniversary to replace the 147, so we'd say it had a successful decade-long run. During those 10 years, Alfa Romeo updated the car to keep it relevant, selling more than 400,000 units in the process.
There were a ton of different engines available, ranging from frugal diesels up to a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 240 horsepower. At one point, it even used the same 1.75-liter engine found in the 4C sports car.
The final Giulietta was reportedly built before Christmas, meaning that production has officially ended and will not carry over into 2021. Alfa Romeo didn't share any details about the final car, meaning there's a chance it could be on its way to a dealership, ready for an unsuspecting buyer.