We’ve only seen Alfa Romeo’s shapely Giulietta in the flesh, but the automaker is expected to launch a bigger sibling -- the Giulia -- later this year.
According to Car, the new model, which will replace the aging 159 range, will utilize a modified form of Fiat’s C-Evo platform. Used in the smaller Giulietta (and a number of forthcoming midsize Chrysler models), the platform will grow in length and width to make the Giulia a true D-segment sedan. Expect the car to utilize the same suspension arrangement (i.e. MacPherson struts in front, two-link setup in back) as the Giulia. Presently, C-Evo is a front-wheel-drive architecture, but the platform was designed to accommodate all-wheel-drive setups. Such a configuration may come in handy for a few high-performance variants said to be under consideration. A Giulia GTA, which has reportedly been approved for production, mixes all-wheel-drive with a 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Not exciting enough? A 350-horsepower, two-wheel-drive model is also reportedly under development, and could serve as a homologation special for a new race series. Like the 159, the Giulia will be offered as both a sedan and a wagon, and Alfa Romeo expects to move roughly 100,000 units annually. That’s a substantial figure, considering the brand sold only 103,000 cars last year, but there could be some extra volume in play -- a 159 successor was always mentioned as a main offering should Alfa actually return to the North American market. Source: Car Magazine