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Base model Alfa Romeo Giulia prototype spotted (video)

While we’ve seen and heard plenty about the hot new Alfa Romeo Giulia QV performance sedan, details regarding the entry-level models are still under wraps.

Alfa Romeo Giulia entry model

A prototype example of what looks to be a base model variant of the Giulia has been spotted test driving on the streets in Modena, Italy, featuring small alloy wheels. It also does without the aggressive aero highlights seen on the QV version.

The new Giulia is set to be a very competitive model when it’s launched. It’s expected to be offered with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder, as well as a 2.0- or 2.2-litre turbo-diesel for the more frugal buyers. A 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 may also join the range as a top-rung diesel, potentially borrowing the specs from the 176kW/550Nm unit seen in some Chrysler and Jeep vehicles.

With a wide variety of powertrain options it will be able to tackle the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class with the most potential. It will also go up against the Lexus IS and the new Jaguar XE mid-sizer, offering buyers a similarly well-sorted rear-wheel drive profile.

With the Giulia in the showroom, Alfa Romeo sales are set to take a giant leap. The brand has been doing a lot better since partnering up with Chrysler and Jeep, under parent company Fiat. This has resonated in Australia too, with annual sales jumping from 906 units in 2012, to 2373 in 2013, to 2498 during 2014.

The complete lineup including details of all engines will probably be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, if not earlier via an online reveal. Market entry is set to take place next year as well, with prices expected to kick off at around the AU$50,000 mark.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • jaffa99

    I love Alfas but I don’t expect this to be a true competitor to the Germans, Alfa say this every time they launch a new car into this segment. They said it with the 156 and then again with the 159, both great looking cars and a nice alternative to a 3 series but a bit flimsy and unreliable, I know I owned them and had basic reliability issues with both.

    The comparison with the 3-series and C-class just raises the prospect of another overpriced Alfa which will lead to horrific depreciation and rule it out as a brand-new purchase for anyone with any sense. I guess I’ll be waiting for the nearly-new bargains to hit the used car showrooms.

    • TORVPN

      You can always buy a dieselgate audi/vw product…