Alfa Romeo is set to take on BMW and Jaguar with the new Giulia

New Alfa Romeo Guilia

Alfa Romeo Guilia

Italian automaker Alfa Romeo is set to take on the likes of BMW and Jaguar in 2015 after announcing that the Giulia compact saloon will arrive during the summer. The model will see the firm’s line-up grow to incorporate a new segment, broadening Alfa Romeo’s appeal to more motorists.

A new segment entrant

BMW has been firmly established in the compact saloon class for years now with the 3 Series, and Jaguar’s move to introduce the XE ‘Baby Jag’ was seen as a bold move. Alfa Romeo is doing the same with its Giulia, but offers something a bit different to the German and British rivals. The manufacturer is known for its distinctive styling, and can be expected to deliver an eye-catching example with typical sports appeal.

Supercar underpinnings

Few details are known at this stage, but what has been confirmed is the car’s underpinnings. The saloon will share a new rear-wheel drive architecture with the Maserati Ghibli, which the two firms have worked in partnership to develop under their Meridien Group parent company. Stability at higher speeds and responsive handling will be the likely outcome, while the Alfa Romeo D.N.A driving mode selector could also make an appearance. The technology features in the current-generation Giulietta, with a choice of three set-ups designed for economical output, enhanced performance or optimum grip in wet conditions.

The affordable option

Pricing is one detail the carmaker is yet to reveal, although reports in the motoring press suggest around £22,000 for the entry-level example – £2,000 cheaper than the lowest 3 Series and more than £9,000 less than the XE.

This amount would reportedly get buyers the 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol variant, which is also an option offered with the Giulietta. In the hatchback the unit is tuned to produce 168bhp and 250Nm of torque, with a choice of six-speed semi-automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The same arrangement may find its way into the upcoming saloon, alongside a higher-powered alternative to give the Giulia plenty of muscle.

Full specification information on the Giulia will be revealed closer to the launch date, and you can read it all first with Wessex Alfa Romeo. Return to our site soon for details, or call a member of the team to register your interest.

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