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Alfa Romeo readying Giulia 3 Series rival

Say hello to the Alfa Romeo Giulia, a new saloon that replaces the iconic Alfa 159.

Not to be confused with the smaller Giulietta, the Alfa Romeo Giulia resurrects a nameplate first seen in 1962. It will, according to Auto Express, go head to head with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the premium d segment.

The Giulia bears has an uncluttered, sophisticated design, bearing many similarities with the smaller Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta, but has a few unique touches of its own, particularly those gorgeous LED headlamps.

In its sporty Cloverleaf version, you can expect a sporty-looking bodykit, 19-inch alloy wheels and a distinctive Quadrifoglio Verde badge on the side to show other road users this car is no pushover.

Power will allegedly come from a Chrysler Pentastar 3.3-litre V6 mated to either a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive setup.

Because of access to parent company Fiat’s MultiAir technology and direct fuel injection, CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency should be competitive, even though Alfa Romeo wants at least 300 ponies straining at the bonnet catch.

Other MultiAir engines to be offered should include a 1.4-litre Turbo in either 118bhp or 168 bhp flavours, a 200bhp 1750TBi lump from the Brera as well as a variety of JTDm diesels for the more frugal motorist.

There will also be an Active Roll Control system that automatically hardens suspension when negotiating corners and Active Damping with two settings, one for handling and the other for comfort.

Prices will reportedly start at £22,000

Source and images: Auto Express 

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