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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 29 2013 | 3 Comments

Renderings: Alexander Imnadze.

Rumours of a successor to Alfa Romeo's 166 large sedan have been swirling around the internet for some years, and now it appears that Alfa's upcoming executive saloon could ditch a three-numeral designation and adopt the "6C" moniker instead.

According to Car and Driver, the 6C will spawn not just a four-door sedan, but a shapely two-door coupe (a concept rendering of which is pictured).

It will also be based on the same RWD platform used by the Maserati Ghibli, which will eventually underpin the 6C's American cousin, the Chrysler 300.

Car and Driver reports that the 6C will be a more athletic offering than the Ghibli, with firmer spring and damper rates, a wider track and a twin-clutch automatic transaxle borrowed from Ferrari's parts catalogue.

Power is expected to come from a twin-turbocharged petrol V6 with approximately 306kW, and a turbodiesel V6 with around 220kW.

Although the emphasis will be on rear-wheel drive dynamics (as it will be with the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia mid-sizer and the mid-engined 4C sports car), rumour has it that an all-wheel drive variant could be in the pipeline for the 169/6C.

This drivetrain would supposedly make use of the Ferrari FF's unique twin-transmission AWD system, which is lighter than typical AWD drivetrains.

Alfa Romeo has yet to confirm any solid details of the 6C (if it is indeed going to be called that), but industry pundits say Alfa's big sedan should debut sometime in 2015, with the company expecting to ship an ambitious 40,000 units per year.

Renderings: Alexander Imnadze.

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