Whether leaked intentionally or not, this chart detailing Alfa's next few years of product planning tells an interesting story. Much to my relief, the current (mediocre) MiTo will not be the car that Alfa returns to the US with, nor will the (decent) Giulietta be the launch vehicle. Instead the first car to come here will be a production version of the mid-engined 4C show car. Now I particularly detested the design of that show car but I think it will do a good job of creating the proper sporting halo for the brand as it is re-launched stateside. Since most Americans old enough to remember Alfa associate the marque with the Spider, I think it's important for a small, fun sports car to be the emotional center of the lineup. It seems that Alfa is planning a full line of vehicles, including a hatchback (facelifted MiTo) as well as a sedan and wagon (replacing the drop-dead-gorgeous 159), plus a small SUV. Later the Giulietta will be updated and launched here. I strongly disagree with the SUV component of this mix, but it seems like an inevitablility at this point that every brand in the US market needs to have one.
One more thought: It seems apparent that the Alfa folks intend to use the Giulia and Giulietta names here for the planned sedan, wagon, and hatchback, but although those names have huge resonance for me as an Alfista, it seems they haven't realized that Americans have no idea how to pronounce those names (Julia and Julietta, not Geela and Geeletta, dammit!). I think Alfa should stick to a 159-style numbering system for the sedans, and 4C, 8C style system for the sporting models.
Via the Alfa BB