With the long-delayed Tonale set to debut next year, a new rumour from France has alleged that Alfa Romeo could possibly be reviving the model it indirectly replaced, the MiTo, within the next 24 months or so.
Discontinued three years ago after then Alfa Romeo Brand Head for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Roberta Zerbi, told Britain’s Autocar that the three-door bodystyle had become less attractive to buyers, L’Automobile reports that the MiTo could potentially return in 2023 with sales commencing the following year.
Likely to be based on same EMP1 platform as the Opel Corsa and Peugeot 208 instead of Stellantis’ incoming new STLA Small architecture, the publication further claims that the MiTo will initially be powered by a range of mild-hybrid powertrains before the electric switchover in preparation for Alfa Romeo becoming an electric only brand in 2027.
It also stated that it remains unknown as to whether the MiTo would indeed be called MiTo or sport a different moniker when it eventually does become a reality. If given the green light though, it will be positioned not only below the Tonale, but also the unseen Brennero small SUV that is slated to arrive that same year.
At the same time, Fiat is also expected to reveal the long awaited new Punto, which incidentally provided the base for not only the MiTo, but also two generations of Corsa between 2004 and 2019 on the Small Common Components and Systems platform; a joint architecture between Fiat and Opel’s former parent company, General Motors.
The revival of the MiTo comes just over five months after Alfa Romeo boss, Jean-Philippe Imparato, said it is once again looking into the possibility of reintroducing the GTV and Spider that got cancelled two years ago as a result of the PSA’s merger with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create Stellantis.
“I am very interested. There is no statement or announcement at this stage, but I’m just giving you a personal feeling,” the former Peugeot CEO told Australia’s now-defunct motoring.com.au at the time.
While no further details were revealed, rumour has it that both the aforementioned models could potentially also bow in 2023 or even towards the end of next year, however, nothing has yet been set in stone.