Later this year, Alfa Romeo's Giulia is expected to arrive. The new model, which will replace the aging 159 range, appears to be a larger version of the Giulietta. This new car will use a modified form of Fiat's C-Evo platform that's used in the smaller Giulietta (and other upcoming midsize Chrysler models). The platform, which will be longer and wider, is set to make the Giulia a true D-segment sedan.
The car will use the same suspension arrangement, with MacPherson struts in front, two-link setup in back, as the Giulia. For now, the C-Evo is a front-wheel-drive architecture, but the platform was designed to accommodate all-wheel-drive setups.
This configuration is seen to be useful for a few high-performance variants under consideration. A Giulia GTA, which has reportedly been approved for production, combines all-wheel-drive with a 300hp, 3.0-liter V-6, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
There is also a 350hp, two-wheel-drive model under development. This could serve as a homologation special for a new race series. Like the 159, the Giulia will be offered as both a sedan and a wagon, and Alfa Romeo expects to produce about 100,000 units annually.
This is a considerable number, especially when you take note that the brand sold only 103,000 cars last year. It's possible though that there could be some extra volume in play; there is mention of a 159 successor as a main offering if Alfa returns to the North American market.