2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spy Shots, Release Date and Price

Alfa Romeo promises to have eight new lineup by the end of 2018, the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia sporty sedan is one of them. Expected to unveil next year, the Giulia sedan should have been released years ago as replacement of the Alfa Romeo 159, but changes had to be made to adapt to new rear-wheel-drive platform. Coming up with new engine range, the Giulia is set to rival
Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan.

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We now have our first spy shots of the Giulia, though this is a very early test mule which uses a makeshift Maserati Ghibli body to hide its internals. We can clearly see that the Giulia will be shorter and narrower than the midsize Ghibli, which makes sense because the car is being designed as a rival for small sport sedans like the BMW 3-Series and upcoming Jaguar XE.

The platform underpinning the car is thought to be a lower-cost version of the rear-wheel-drive platform found in Maserati’s Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. Code-named Giorgio, the new platform will offer the option of all-wheel drive and will eventually be used for a handful of Alfa products as well as the next-generation Dodge Challenger and next-generation versions of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. The new Giulia, which carries the internal code Tipo 952, will be the first recipient of the platform.

Exterior

While the upcoming Giulia is still a mystery styling-wise, German designer Thorsten Krisch has released — via Diseno Art — a convincing rendering of what this sedan might look like. The four-door is penned in the classic Alfa Romeo fashion, blending a sleek and low-slung, coupe-like body with the company’s trademark design cues. The familiar nose and front bumper are joined by a pair of skinny and stylish headlamps, while the rear fascia echoes a heavily revised Alfa Romeo 159 . The long hood highlights the sporty character of the car, as do the large, multi-spoke alloy wheels.

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Interior

The interior of this test mule is far from complete—the steering wheel is lifted out of a Jeep—but the general layout of the air vents and controls should be the same as the production version of the Giulia. Other clues we can lift from the test mule include the 17-inch wheels and dual-pipe exhaust design.

Powertrain

In the powertrain department, expect volume Giulia models to come with four-cylinder engines, including diesel units for overseas markets. It’s not clear what transmission will be offered but a dual-clutch unit like in the 4C sports car is possible.

The good news is that a high-performance model wearing a GTA badge or possibly Alfa’s Quadrifoglio clover leaf will be launched. Power in this model is said to come from the Ferrari-built 3.0-liter V-6 currently found in the Ghibli, but with output upped to somewhere between 480 and 520 horsepower. Combined with a dual-clutch transmission, limited-slip differential and some weight-saving mods, the engine should propel the M3 rival from 0-60 mph in under 4.0 seconds.

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Release Date and Price

Sources reported that the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia is going to hit market sometime in 2015 as 2016 model year. Meanwhile, pricing remains unknown as the company haven’t announced the official pricing yet. However, TopSpeed estimates that the price will start from $35,000. That’s all what we got for now, keep checking back for more updates.

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