Alfa Romeo has handed down the first teaser image for its coming new sedan, ahead of an unveiling set for June 24.
The new model’s name is yet to be revealed, but it has long been expected that the 159 replacement will give the revered Giulia badge another run.
That’s a name that hasn’t been seen on an Alfa since the late 70s, but with the related Giulietta badge already revived in 2009, there’s clearly precedent.
Today’s teaser reveals little, although those prepared to risk permanent esotropia might be able to extract a few key details from the heavily blurred image.
It is clear, though, that we can expect to see Alfa’s familiar shield grille, flanked by slender headlights and small outboard intakes flanked by a grey frame.
And, as the first new Alfa since the Giulietta’s launch in 2010, this new sedan will signal the company’s push to become a true premium brand.
That will mean top-shelf cabin materials, advanced driving and comfort technologies, and a range of engines focused on power and efficiency.
In April, Alfa confirmed it will produce two new powerful engine ranges in Italy, including a “high output” 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit offering outputs between 135 and 250kW.
A larger six-cylinder engine is also on the cards, believed to be a version of the 3.0 litre engine that Ferrari builds for the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans.
Watch for the Giulia to debut this week.
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