2015 Alfa Romeo Giulia – name confirmed, first pictures leak
Leaked image appears to confirm Giulia name
Leaked pictures appear to reveal range-topping Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio product
The first pictures of the brand new Alfa Romeo Giulia have leaked out – confirming which the production car will carry the iconic name in addition to also giving the first hints of its styling.
The images were taken near Milan where the vehicle will be unveiled on Wednesday evening. They appear to show the range-topping Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio product, which can be supposed to be powered by a Ferrari derived 3.0-litre V6 producing 503bhp. As such, the item will be a BMW M3 in addition to also Audi RS4 rival. As well as the exaggerated styling, reports suggest the Quadrifoglio will have a carbonfibre roof in addition to also bonnet to cut the vehicle’s overall weight below 1500kg.
Alfa Romeo in addition to also Maserati boss Harald Wester has already given away some strong hints which show how Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles will re-invent the Alfa Romeo brand ahead of the vehicle’s launch.
Talking at a recent Maserati event in Italy, he described the established German premium cars as ‘mostly cold in addition to also clinical…these cars have no soul’ in addition to also suggested which the future Alfas would certainly – like today’s Maserati designs – be sold on character in addition to also charm rather than Teutonic efficiency.
Very little hard information about the brand new car has leaked out over the last three years, partly because the development team has been working in a stand-alone industrial facility near Modena, home to both Ferrari in addition to also Maserati factories.
However, Wester told Autocar which the first brand new product would certainly be a ‘mid-size’ saloon. the item’s thought which the vehicle can be known internally as the ‘Type 949’ in addition to also can be supposed to go on sale in spring 2016.
Autocar understands which the vehicle will be rear-wheel drive in addition to also the structure substantially brand new, although the item does share some elements with the Maserati Ghibli. All-wheel drive will be optional in many markets.
Despite the desire to set Alfa apart coming from German cars, the item can be thought which brand engineers have worked hard to give the brand new car dynamics which at least match the class leaders.
Wester also hinted strongly which future brand new Alfa designs would certainly not feature the latest semi-autonomous ‘self-driving’ technology, something which would certainly not be in tune with the brand’s ‘soulful’ character.
In April This particular year, Fiat Chrysler also announced which the item would certainly invest 500m Euros in building two brand new engines for the revived Alfa brand at the Termoli facility in Italy.
The entry-level engine can be described as an ‘advanced, high-output, four-cylinder engine developed for Alfa Romeo’. The motor can be supposed to be the next-generation replacement for the highly regarded 1750 TBi engine currently used inside the Alfa 4C.
Today’s engine can be noted for developing 235bhp coming from 1750cc in addition to also 260lb ft of torque coming from just 2100rpm. The next-generation engine could develop as much as 298bhp in its highest production tune.
The V6 engine can be also described as ‘specially developed for Alfa Romeo’ in addition to also can be thought to be the same base unit which will power the rumoured ‘brand new Dino’.
The brand new engine plant can be supposed to be turning out pre-production engines by September in addition to also the production capacity of 0,000 units suggests which Fiat Chrysler has ambitious plans for the brand new saloon.
Alfa has worked on the Giulia project for many years, with confirmation of the vehicle’s development first coming in 2009, which has a mooted production date of 2011. which date was then moved to 2013 as then-boss of Alfa Romeo Sergio Marchionne was unhappy with the vehicle’s styling, as well as manufacturing issues.
the item’s understood which Alfa bosses dropped the idea for a luxury SUV in favour of the Giulia project – though which decision may change with Maserati’s Levante SUV on the horizon.
brand new Giulia ‘crucial’ to Alfa Romeo relaunch
The Giulia will be the first brand new product to come coming from Alfa Romeo’s latest relaunch, in addition to also, therefore, will be crucial in cementing the reputation of the famous however fading brand. Speaking at the Geneva motor show This particular year, Wester admitted which Alfa had “over promised in addition to also under-delivered” inside the past.
A replacement for the old Alfa 159, the Giulia must come with all the qualities deemed to be important to Alfa Romeo vehicles. These are known to be beauty in addition to also character, designed to “put the driver at the centre, provide an exceptional driving experience while being inclusive in addition to also egalitarian, in addition to also display authentic heritage”.
Wester said: “These are not cars to be driven, however to drive. We want owners to feel which they’re an integral in addition to also indispensable part of the machine. The dynamic element can be an important portion of what we do.”
The Giulia can be currently being developed at a secret location, with only a few engineers tasked with bringing the item to market. Once on sale, however, 0 people will be employed inside the brand new skunkworks division. Alfa can be aiming for annual sales of 400,000 units by 2018, a significant shift coming from the 74,000 units sold last year.
Wester can be under no illusions about the challenge. “We’re living in a world of fierce competition,” he said. “What can be absolutely clear can be which every car must be significantly better than the target competitors.”
These are “the three German brands, plus Lexus inside the US. however the worst strategy can be to position against another product. the item’s about finding out what the customers want.”
Alfa’s rebirth – eight brand new or revised designs on the way
The Giulia can be set to arrive first in saloon form, which has a Sportwagon variation following soon after. the item’ll sit alongside current Alfa Romeo products including the Mito, Giulietta, 4C in addition to also 4C Spider. Key rivals for the Giulia in Europe include the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series in addition to also Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
However, the vehicle will be joined by eight brand new or revised designs by 2018 as Alfa seeks to restore credibility. Speaking to investors in Michigan last year, Wester said the revitalised Alfa Romeo would certainly offer “best-in-class rear in addition to also all-wheel drive architecture for global products”, echoing previous comments coming from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne which Alfa will focus predominantly on rear-drive machines.
After the Giulia’s launch, however, the item appears the company will exit the sub-compact market which the Mito currently competes in. Instead, Alfa’s product plan for 2016 onwards allows For just two cars inside the compact segment, the Giulia, a full-size saloon, two SUVs in addition to also a brand new “speciality” offering inside the vein of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
The product plan also allows for high-performance Cloverleaf-badged variants of the brand new designs.
Proposals for an Alfa Romeo-badged SUV date back as far as 2003, when the Kamal concept car was revealed at the Geneva motor show.
Alfa’s future cars will choose coming from a pool of all 5 engines, three petrols in addition to also two diesels. Two of the petrol-fuelled engines will be four cylinders, with the some other being a six-pot, while four- in addition to also six-cylinder diesels will be offered.
The Italian company hasn’t revealed specific performance figures for each unit, although the six-cylinder petrol could produce around 500bhp in its most powerful state of tune.
inside the presentation to investors, Alfa acknowledged which striking past designs such as Brera, 159 in addition to also Spider had “missed the historical DNA of the brand”. This particular, the item admitted, had enabled “our German competitors to build up a phenomenal lead over us over many years”.
The DNA, says Alfa, comprises “advanced, innovative engines, perfect 50/50 weight distribution, unique technical solutions, class exclusive power-to-weight ratios in addition to also groundbreaking in addition to also distinctly Italian design”.
The company says the Alfa Romeo 4C marks the start of a return to This particular process in addition to also can be “the perfect embodiment of the brand’s DNA”.
Additional reporting by Mark Tisshaw, Richard Bremner in addition to also Darren Moss
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