Just to clear any confusion, the Alfa Romeo Giulia may be the company’s premiere new luxury sports sedan, but it is designed and built to compete in the compact segment, which includes standard-setters like the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
But we know FCA plans to make Alfa Romeo a direct competitor to the established mass-market luxury automakers from Germany, England, Japan, and even America. So this means matching those automakers move-for-move to keep up with the competition. That said, there are plans for the company’s first-ever crossover SUV, and even a BMW 5-Series rival. The latest report includes the latter, which is one of the next models to be launched by Alfa in the near future.
Alfa has big plans for their BMW 5-Series rival, including hybridization and semi-autonomous driving tech, according to AutoExpress, who spoke with FCA’s chief technology officer, Harald Wester.
Word is the new model will use the same platform as the Giulia sedan, but with larger proportions, with a range of turbocharged diesel and gas four-bangers up for choosing. The Giulia’s top-spec twin-turbo 2.9L V6 will also be optional in the new sedan, while a completely-new V6 diesel will also be offered.
The more pertinent news however is the inclusion of some hybrid powertrains for the new Alfa BMW 5-Series competitor, complete with plug-in capabilities and even a full-electric version as well. Bet on seeing semi-autonomous technology in the new Alfa midsize sedan, along with potential for all-wheel drive.
– By: Chris Chin