The Alfa Romeo 169 is an all new rear wheel drive design study from the Italian automaker and is slated to replace the Alfa Romeo 166 due to the current sedan’s lackluster sales performance. Announced back in 2008 the project has been pushed back multiple times due to the global economic crisis and is now presumed to appear in 2011. Alfa Romeo intends on making the new car the quintessential executive sedan aimed at competing head to head with high end automakers like Mercedes Benz and Porsche priced at around $62,000. After the Chrysler FIAT merger, the Alfa Romeo 169 has most recently been scheduled to be built upon the American automaker’s LX platform and is set to be sold in the U.S. market.
After Alfa Romeo dropped the 166 in 2007, there were rumors suggesting that there would be a successor for the model. And after a few years, those rumors seem to be back again. Apparently the company is preparing a new model, called the 169, which will be built on the the LX platform that currently underpins the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger .
The future 169 will not be a classic sedan as was the 166. Instead, Alfa Romeo will adopt a four-door coupe body. The exterior design will be a mix of the Mito , Giulietta , and the 8C .
The new 169 will make its world debut at a major show in 2011 - most likely Geneva - and sales will begin in early 2012.
Hit the jump to read more about the future Alfa Romeo 166.
According to the English automotive journal Autocar, there will be a few added benefits for the Italian automotive conglomerate FIAT absorbing the American car builder Chrysler. Apparently the next generation Alfa Romeo 169 will be built on the same platform as the Dodge Charger . Starting in 2011, the new model will be built at the Bramalea Production facility in Brampton, Ontario Canada. Will this be the first Italian muscle car in the history of the automobile? Probably not, but the European design team will be damned if they aren’t going to try.
The future 169 will be priced at around $62,000 when it finally hits the dealer’s lots. However, the question is, will FIAT’s CEO Sergio Marchionne be able to marry beautiful Italian inspired design with a rugged American made chassis successfully?
The Italian automaker has also been caught saying that the Fiat 500 city car will soon be produced in a plant located in Toluca, Mexico; and will go on sale in the U.S. as early as 2011. FIAT hopes to sell their fair share of the tiny little 500 here in America, planning on moving 25,000 units by the year 2015. One ting is for sure, if they ever decide to bring the factory tuned Abarth version stateside, they should sell like hot cakes.
The future Alfa Romeo 169 will be built on Jaguar platform and will be revealed in 2010. It will come to compete with Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera.
One of the biggest news will be the use of a 4.3 liter V8 engine with an output of 400 hp at 6300 rpm and 368 lbs-ft. This will be used for the top version. Next to it will also be used: 2.8 liter V6 engine delivering 250 hp, 3.2 liter V6 engine delivering 285 hp. 3.6 liter V6 engine with an output of 320 hp, and a 3.0 V6 diesel engine with an output of 275 hp and 457 lbs-ft. The top speed will start at 155 mph for the 2.8 liter V6 engine and will go up to 175 mph for the 4.3 V8 engine. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6.1 seconds for the 2.8 liter V6 engine and going up to 5.2 seconds for the V8 engine.
There are rumors about an even more powerful version: a GTA 5.0 liter V8 with an output of 530 hp at 7000 rpm and 442 lbs-ft.
The 2010 Alfa Romeo 169 will be priced between $60.000 - $65000.
The Alfa Romeo 169 will to arrive in 2008. It will share the Maserati Quattroporte’s platform. The 169 comes to replace the 166, a car that had never been a strong seller. It will compete with models like Mercedes -Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera. The 169 will be one of the models that will be sold in USA on Alfa Romeo’s return. Prices will start from approx 40,000 euro.
In 2010 Alfa Romeo will celebrate its 100th anniversary. How? With a blitz of new models, a complete rethink of its business and a new rear-wheel-drive flagship saloon car. What will we see from Alfa Romeo you already know: the new Mini -rivalling Junior this year, followed by major reworkings of the 159, Brera and Spider, in 2009 the replacement for the 147, based on a more sophisticated version of the Fiat Bravo chassis. But the most important model will be launched in 2010; it will be a rear-wheel-drive flagship model probably based on a Jaguar chassis.
According to AutoCar the future Alfa Romeo 169 could be designed by the future owner of Jaguar and Land Rover. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat’s dynamic CEO said that the new owner could provide the key ingredient for a “stunning” rear-drive Alfa 169.
Alfa Romeo is well renowned for their Italian spirit sports sedans. Their “Cuore sportivo” (sportive hart) medium sedans have a long and successful tradition. Not as popular are their luxury sedans, where certain quality issues, have always set the Alfas a few steps back of their German competition. It seems that is about to change, as the future 169 Alfa flagship will get cross-blooded with Maserati.
The Alfa Romeo 169 will to arrive in 2009 and will share the Maserati Quattroporte’s platform.Here are some spy shots with a possible concept from Alfa Romeo that may be presented to the public next month at the Geneva Motor Show. These phone-camera images that surfaced on “Alfa Romeo Corse Club” might show us how the new sedan will look.The new Alfa Romeo will compete with models like Mercedes -Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera. The 169 will be one of the models that will (...) More
The Alfa Romeo 169 will to arrive in 2008. It will share the Maserati Quattroporte’s platform. The 169 comes to replace the 166, a car that had never been a strong seller. The new Alfa Romeo will compete with models like Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera. The 169 will be one of the models that will be sold in USA on Alfa Romeo’s return.