Hang on a cotton-picking minute! Marchionne and Car, speak with forked tongue as usual.
MiTo and Giulietta will remain FWD probably for the rest of my lifetime, and certainly for theirs. AWD was a possibility for Giulietta but they seem to have decided not to go there as the extra weight would kill it.
Giulia - in spite of Alfisti's wet dreams, wishful thinking and false rumours, has always been intended to sit on the stretched and widened Evo-C platform, in other words pretty much what the Dodge Dart sits on. The platform WILL take AWD or FWD - but as far as anyone knows, at this moment it can't be RWD only as they don't have a transmission or an inline engine. A slim chance maybe of a Pentastar engined version for the good ole USA might make it in RWD - but it might not be as sporty as we want in Europe and they may decide USA only (Like the 2.4 engined Dart not having a Giulietta equivalent)
SUV - another vehicle to sit on the Evo-C sharing mechanicals with the next Jeep Cherokee.
4c - settled - RWD, mid engine
Spyder - definitely RWD Mazda platform with Alfa exclusive engines (allegedly)
169 - RWD to be based on a platform shared with the next generation Chrysler 300c/Lancia Thema.
I don't believe that a fully RWD Giulia has ever existed other than in the fantasies of the Alfa fans on here. If they do re-engineer it for RWD only to suit the Americans it will be delayed further than it is already. It would have to be stellar to get back any sales from the Germans in Europe, so it may just be USA targetted with Euro sales as a side effect. (Future Edit: Marchionne: "Yes the car is now in full production in our USA factories and we hope RHD cars for Japan and UK may become available within 2 years").
One day Marchionne will have to sign off the production of the Giulia - it seems to me that after the ***k up of the 159 he is scared of the sector. As for competing with BMW/Audi/Mercedes, it may have slipped his mind that Audis are either FWD or AWD, that Mercedes are pushing hard on the A series FWD and developing it further upmarket than the old one, and BMW are planning that the next 1 Series and 2 Series will be on a FWD platform.
The biggest market for Giulia is indisputably the USA - a land these days of Honda/Toyota/Nissan and the Germans. Most of them could care less which end of the car was driven, in fact it has been proven that most of them don't know on their own cars. My worry would be that in pursuing a car that is cheap enough for the Americans and appealing to the "Average Sporting Joe", they will end up with a car that is not to European tastes.
It is going to be interesting to see which way Marchionne rules on this one - but please get on with it, the suspense is getting boring.