Alfa Romeo working on a successor for the 166 that will arrive in 2015

Article by Christian A., on April 2, 2013

Alfa Romeo is reported to be developing the successor for the Alfa Romeo 166 that’s set to arrive in 2015. It’s believed that this Italian E-segment model will be built on Maserati underpinnings and will be competing with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Last year, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the automaker is focused on developing replacements for the Mito, Giulietta and 159 but it appears that it also now has a project to create a new premium sedan.

This will be Alfa's version of the Maserati Ghibli that’s set to arrive this April. It will probably be powered by the V6 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine (with an output of around 385 hp or 287 kW) and the V8 3.8-liter twin-turbo (which can generate about 480 hp or 358 kW). It’s believed that the two cars will be available with a diesel engine – likely to be a V6 3.0-liter used on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300. The Alfa Romeo model is set to get an all-wheel drive variant just like what the Ghibli had.

Renewed style, new engines and more technological content continue playing its starring role. The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta MY 2014 will contribute to consolidating the outstanding sales performance the model has obtained so far: from mid-2010 to date, more than 212,000 units have been ordered worldwide.

New 150 HP 2.0 JTDM 2 engine

The new 150 HP 2.0 JTDM engine is making its first appearance with the 2014 range. It is equipped with the second-generation MultiJet injection system that optimises engine combustion in all operating conditions and ensures reduction in fuel consumption and noise at the same time.

Using a small-sized turbocharger means delivering the highest torque in the segment at low rpm (380 Nm at 1750 rpm) and maximum running flexibility.

The heart of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta MY 2014 2.0 JTDM 2 engine is without a doubt the third generation Common Rail injection system that uses innovative injectors able to control the amount of diesel injected into the combustion chamber with utmost precision. It does so with a particularly quick and flexible injection sequence thanks to the balanced hydraulic servo valve.

More in detail, up to eight injections per stroke are possible together with strategies that optimise the increasingly advanced combustion, such as the Injection Rate Shaping (IRS) system which involves two consecutive injections so close together in time as to generate a continuous and modulated fuel supply into the cylinders.

This way, the combustion process is improved, all to the benefit of quieter operation and particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Furthermore, the new injection system is even simpler and more reliable because the injectors have a simpler structure with 40% fewer components.

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