Alfa Romeo’s much anticipated launch of a new larger sedan has been put off by at least three more years as reported by Automotive News. What was supposed to arrive in 2018 was moved further down the road to avoid clashing with both the Giuilia sedan and the Stevio Crossover’s recent updates. Said to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6, the Volvo S90 and the BMW 5 Series, Alfa’s upcoming flagship four door (or the “Alfetta”) will possibly share some similarities with the smaller Giulia--- which might also include the Quadrifoglio model’s 503hp 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 engine. Although there are some speculations that an all-new hybrid powertrain is on the cards as well.
It is known that the company currently puts its confidence on the Giulia in giving its overall sales figures some kind of a boost. Unfortunately, Alfa so far has just sold a total of 5,494 Giulias since the start of the year and about 916 for the last month. On the contrary, BMW has sold as many as 37,170 units of the 3 Series since 2017 with as many as 5,379 in just the previous month. That being said, it is quite understandable since no one is truly anticipating Alfa to be dominating the market at this early stage. While more consumers have been choosing SUVs and crossovers over a sedan, Alfa can at least continue to take advantage of this trend after the Stelvio went on sale last July.
In related news, the refreshed Alfa Romeo Giulia is offered with new wheel options and more choices for the infotainment system. The sedan can now be had with the optionally available 18-inch dual 5-spoke alloy wheels with diamond cut design which you can avail whether for the Veloce, Speciale Tecnica or the Super versions. Exclusively, the Veloce is offered with an optionally available 19-inch dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloys. The Super petrol variant on the other hand can now feature the new sporty dual exhaust. Starting this October, Giulia owners can already have the option for an Android Auto and Apple Car Play to be integrated into their infotainment system.
As for the newly updated Stelvio, the midsize SUV gets a 280hp turbocharged four cylinder engine and sells for a base price of $42,990 while the Stelvio Ti is priced at $44,990. In addition, Alfa Romeo is offering these with other options such as Performance upgrades and a Sport Package that costs an additional $2,500 for the Stelvio Ti and $1,800 for the regular Stelvio. At any rate, the entire Stelvio range gets an all-wheel drive as a standard layout.