The rebirth of the storied Italian premium marquee appears to still be moving, with a new report coming to shed some light on the upcoming rival for the German executive sedan triumvirate.
Up next is Alfa Romeo’s first ever sport utility vehicle scheduled for release sometimes next year but the product blitz of the Italian company also includes a BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class and Audi A6 contender. FCA’s technology officer Harald Wester says “a constant stream of new, fresh global products that can be sold,” are on the roster and the company will come up with a “relatively fast sequence of relevant and saleable products like saloons and SUVs.” The larger sedan will make use of the same architecture that underpins the Giulia and should reach dealerships sometimes late 2018 – with a scheduled unveil for 2017. The models will also make use of the same engine roster, with 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter petrol engines as the bulk of sales.
Wester says the petrol version has tuning potential so it could be upped to more than 250 horsepower (184 kilowatts). Of course the Giulia QV’s 2.9-liter biturbo engine will also serve as the flagship option for the sedan – and the company will deliver another brand first. It’s the addition of a first-ever V6 diesel engine – most likely a reworked version of the Maserati powertrain. And, according to European boss Fabrizio Curci, “the platform is built to support whatever kind of electrification we do. It can support everything from plug-in hybrid to full electric.” There’s also room for all-wheel drive and semi-autonomous driving technologies.