It sounds like they went from a "Giulietta-Plus" based car (FWD) to something RWD since the Chrysler merger happened and the delay in getting Alfa to market in the US and such a shift would require some rework to get the correct proportions into any existing design.
I'd guess Alfa has half a dozen design proposals for the FWD and probably a few for the RWD already, since that's a normal part of refining the final design. Where it becomes "tricky" is trying to tweak the details around the "hard" points of the car.. and incorporating any neat features from one design, into another otherwise more preferred design.
I'm guessing (if AO goes to form) that whatever
they do, just 30% of people will like like it.
Of the rest..
10% will think it looks too conservative
10% will say it looks too radical
10% think it should have looked more like <something
> (usually vague and ill defined)
10% think it looks like a Toyota Camry/Renault Laguna mated with the next generation VW Passat/Ford Scorpio but designed in Korea
10% grumble that it's been "styled for the Yanks" regardless what it looks like...
10% don't like the offset number plate
10% complain it's "not a real Alfa"
None of these people are in the market for a new saloon anyway... though they "might have bought a second-hand one when their value has dropped to £300 but they won't now... "
I'm easy what it looks like, as long as they keep the design clean, classy and beautiful... with a hint of sporty/aggressive bad attitude..
Not really fussed with too much trendy or quirky "features" (gimmicks) ... (will accept an off-set number plate)