Next month in Milan, Italy, Alfa Romeo will be taking the wrapping off of its new Giulia Sedan. This is very exciting news, as Alfas haven’t been sold regularly in the US since the mid ’90s. It doesn’t really matter which car company enthusiasts follow, everyone loves Alfas. They break your heart and your wallet over and over again, yet we’d all still buy one in a heartbeat because they’re just that desirable.
This new Giulia sedan should be as exciting as we’re hoping it to be. Built on FCA’s (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) E-Segment platform, which underpins the Maserati Ghibli, the Giulia will thankfully be rear-wheel drive. It could also be powered by the Ghibli’s 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, making anywhere from 330 to 400 horsepower. That engine works very well in the Ghibli, providing ample power and a great sound.
I’m assuming no manual option will be available, as most FCA products don’t offer one and Alfa’s only US car at the moment, the 4C doesn’t have one. The most likely gearbox will be the eight-speed ZF automatic used in Maseratis or the nine-speed ZF automatic used in some Jeeps and Chryslers. While Alfas should always have a manual option, these autos should work just fine. Much like the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, the new Giulia should be rear-wheel drive as standard, but have all-wheel drive as an option.
The styling, no one is sure about. There have been some sketches and renderings, but nothing has actually been teased by Alfa, so we really don’t know what it might look like. A recent sketch by Malandrinos Konstantinos has it looking a bit like the Chrysler 200, which might make sense given the familial company connection. I, personally, don’t see that as a problem. The current 200 doesn’t look bad at all and, after being given some Alfa treatment, might look quite good.
We’ll find out for sure next month in Milan, but for now we can just anticipate the return of an Alfa Romeo sedan. Alfas and BMWs have always been similar cars, in that they are emotional cars. So BMW fans should be very excited about the upcoming Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romeo just might be the only company that would make me think twice about buying a new BMW. So hopefully this new Giulia is good, because being spoiled for choice is never a bad thing.