Alfa Romeo’s plan to build seven new models before 2018 appears to be in full swing, with the Italian carmaker believed to have already commenced work on three of those models.
According to industry paper Automotive News Europe, the first three offerings from the ‘reborn’ Alfa Romeo - now expanded to eight new models - will be the long-awaited BMW 3 Series fighter, a midsized SUV and a new flagship sedan.
We say 3 Series fighter, but if reports are to be believed, the first new model may have grown into a 5 Series fighter as development progresses.
Further evidence of a rethink comes from the new model’s name, with the Giulia name associated with the model until now reportedly replaced with ‘Project 952’ by Alfa insiders.
Whatever the name, the new midsized sedan is reportedly on-track for its scheduled 2016 debut in Europe, with sales in the US to begin late in the same year.
Power will come from single or twin-turbocharged petrol engines, including a 2.2 litre four-cylinder unit making between 134-246kW and a 3.3 litre V6 good for between 298 and “more than” 373kW
The powered-up V6 could be destined for a rumoured GTA version of the new model, with the ‘more than’ 373kW output above the BMW M3 but less than the M5.
Two diesel engines are also planned for the new model, in the form of 90-157kW four-cylinder and 187-246kW V6 units.
The midsized SUV is also expected to be ready for a 2016 debut, sharing many of its mechanicals with the new midsized sedan just detailed.
Alfa has confirmed that no V8 will be offered in the large sedan, which will instead be driven by more powerful versions of existing petrol and diesel engines (such as the two V6 units destined for the midsized sedan).
The other models in Alfa Romeo’s massive expansion plan from parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles include a larger SUV, 4C Spider, a midsized roadster and coupe along with a compact hatch / sedan / coupe model.
Stay tuned to TMR for more on those.
Note: Rendering via Thorsten Krisch