A report from the UK’s Auto Express suggests the new model will be called the Giulia GTA, with enough power to worry BMW M3 owners at the traffic lights.
How much power? Up to 373kW will reportedly be available to the driver’s right foot from a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 engine, compared to 317kW and 550Nm in the M3 (and M4) from a similar albeit in-line engine in the BMW.
In standard trim, the Giulia is modelled as an alternative to the regular BMW 3 Series, so a performance version to rival the M3 is a possibility.
The report also previews the Giulia’s appearance, with front styling and alloy wheels serving as a nod to its predecessor in the Alfa 156.
Like the 156, the rear door handles will be ‘hidden’ to give the Giulia a two-door look. This could mean a coupe version will not form part of the range; which in turn means no GTA-badged rival for the BMW M4.
A report earlier this year suggested the Giulia in both sedan and wagon form will be part of a major push to boost Alfa Romeo sales, with seven new models due to be unveiled before 2018.
The Giulia is expected to offer both petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines in ‘standard’ form, while a version of the 202kW/600Nm 3.0 litre six-cylinder diesel from the Maserati Ghibli may also be available.
Watch for the Alfa Romeo Giulia to debut in either late 2016 or early 2017, with first deliveries in overseas markets likely to occur in 2017.