Alfa Romeo to rival BMW 3-Series in 2014 image

The Italian based automaker Alfa Romeo is planning to develop a direct rival for the BMW 3-Series and the model should hit the market in 2014 in a production form.

Alfa Romeo isn’t saying anything official about a direct competitor for the popular BMW 3-Series but according to the guys at the model will be the new Giulia, which is months away from being ready. According to our source, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which is the internal name for the model, will arrive as a sedan at first and then as a Sportwagon, and its prices are expected to be set at around 22,000 GBP.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will get an entry-level 1.4 liter MultiAir engine, which will produce a total output of 120 BHP, but the rest of the lineup will include new turbocharged petrol engines exclusive to the Alfa Romeo brand, including the 1750 YBi used in the 159 and in the Brera, along with Fiat’s diesel units. The Alfa Romeo Giulia will also use a MultiAir version of the Pentastar V6 “borrowed” from Chrysler, but this engine might not make its way into Europe. Besides the BMW 3-Series, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia will also compete with the Audi A4 or with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Europe’s compact executive segment.