The big news from Alfa Romeo for 2011 is of course la nuova Giulia, which replaces the 159. Unlike the current car, which shares the so-called
premium architecture with the Brera twins, the next midliner from Arese adopts a slightly wider and longer variation of the C/D components set.
This new, more space-efficient matrix combines a McPherson front axle with a twin-link rear suspension, and engineers promise great handling benefits will result. While regular models will boast front-wheel drive, the platform is four-wheel drive compatible which should help when you consider the ample power and torque provided by the new Multiair V6 engines.
Will there be Giulia saloons and estates?
You bet. The Giulia, which combines a traditional name with a decidedly modern shape, will like its predecessor be offered as a four-door saloon and five-door Sportwagon.
The global sales target of 100,000 units per year practically matches that of the Mito and the 147-replacing Giulietta.
And what's all this about new GTA and faster Giulias?
While the awesome Mito GTA (Geneva 2009) has been put on hold in favour of the 170bhp Mito QV MultiAir, the sporty Giulia GTA is still a go project which reportedly features a 300bhp 3.0-litre V6, an improved Q4 all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Rumour has it that Alfa is also considering a lightweight Q2 350bhp Autodelta edition, which would be the perfect car to compete in a new race series.
>> CAR drives the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta in April 2010. Come back next month for our web first drive review