Alfa Romeo is set to launch its new Giulia saloon in 2014. This model, which will be going up against the new BMW 3-series, proves how determined Fiat Group chief Sergio Marchionne is about rescuing the brand. The Giulia would be the first all-new mainstream model to be launched under the revival plan of Alfa. The saloon, as well as the mid-engined 4C sports car (which will start selling in early 2014) and the reborn Spider (due in 2015), is meant to return Alfa Romeo to its position as a viable worldwide premium brand.
The front-drive Giulia (which is the internal name but is still tentative) will be presented first as a saloon. A Sportswagon will follow next. It’s likely to have a starting price of about £22,000 for the entry-level 120bhp 1.4-litre MultiAir version, says Autocar.
Aside from this familiar unit, the Giulia will be offered with an array of new turbocharged petrol engines that are exclusive to the Alfa brand. These include an upgraded variant of the impressive 1750 TBi unit found in the discontinued 159 and Brera, as well as the diesel powertrains of Fiat. In a recent interview, Marchionne said that in the future, Alfa will get a lineup of engines that Fiat-branded cars don’t use.
Any dispute in the future is deemed unlikely with Fiat seemingly being cut down to a core lineup of Panda and 500-series vehicles. Furthermore, the Giulia will be using a new MultiAir variant of Chrysler’s latest Pentastar petrol V6. However, it’s possible that this engine won’t make it to the European market. The Giulia will have a four-wheel drive option. This is so that Alfa could be successfully relaunched in North America.
Over the years, BMW’s 3-Series Sedan has come to symbolize the brand’s aesthetic appeal, sporting ability, and dynamics. This sixth model generation of this best-selling premium compact sports sedan highlights the BMW mid-size model’s sporting character with its elegant and dynamic lines. And while the new 3-Series has grown and increased in dimensions compared to the earlier versions, it has still retained that perfect balance of elegance and sportiness. And just as in earlier generations, the dynamic proportions of the new 3-Series sedan are shaped by its sweeping bonnet, its long wheelbase, its short front overhang, and its typically BMW set-back greenhouse.
The new BMW 3-Series' wedge-shaped silhouette and its wider tracks emphasize its sporting appearance. More specifically, the tracks are wider by 37 mm at the front and 47 mm at the rear. By accentuating the car’s width, its expressive front end’s multi-faceted surfaces give it a sportier face. The car’s wide and squat interpretation of its upright and slightly forward-slanting kidney grille emphasizes its stance. Moreover, LED accent lights that look like eyebrows on striking twin headlights give the sedan’s classic BMW focused appearance an added intensity.
The headlights extend up to the kidney grille’s frame, the two merging together into one stylistic unit and further emphasizing the car's broad-set stance. Additionally, the new 3-Series replaces its predecessor’s central air intake with two larger intakes. These new intakes are positioned under the headlights toward the outer front end edges and give extra depth to the sporty styling of the car.