Alfa Romeo’s Lineup Of Models Is Growing Fast
A two-door coupe version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia is tipped to appear at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming Marchby Kirby Garlitos, on
Confidence is a very empowering feeling and apparently, the confidence is running high over at Alfa Romeo over the recent success experienced by the automaker’s two new models, the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Now it appears that the company is turning to a new model that it plans to unveil at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show this coming March. According to Motoring Australia, that model is tipped to be a coupe version of the Giulia that will specifically be christened as the Giulia Sprint.
Not much is known about the Giulia Sprint at this point, but the physical makeup of car - the fact that it’s going to be a two-door version of the mid-size Giulia - points to it being developed as Alfa Romeo’s answer to the likes of the BMW 4 Series Coupe, Mercedes C-Class Coupe, and the Audi A5 Coupe. Likewise, the same report indicates that the Giulia Sprint will spawn its own convertible version with the possibility of that model being named the Giulia Spider.
Likewise, no mention was made on what kind of powertrain the Giulia Sprint is going to get, but considering that it’s going to carry the “Giulia” name, the smart money’s on the coupe version getting the same engine lineup as the sedan. That would include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.2-liter diesel engine, and a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s currently powering the range-topping Giulia Quadrifoglio. Should that come to fruition, the Giulia Sprint QV will slot in nicely opposite models like the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe, and the Audi RS5.
The introduction of the Giulia Sprint would mark the next step in Alfa Romeo’s ambitious plan to launch eight models based on its Giorgio platform by 2020. The Giulia Sprint would represent the third of those eight models, which in turn would be followed by a rear-drive replacement for the existing Giulietta hatchback, one of the last vestiges of the old era that the company is motivated to leave behind.
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Full steam ahead for Alfa Romeo
This is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? I’ve long been a fan of Alfa Romeo and to see the company struggle the way it did in the last decade was difficult to comprehend. Things certainly didn’t look any better at the start of this decade to the point that the automaker was legitimately in danger of fading into the sunset. But, give credit where it’s due. The folks behind the company came up with a plan - a pretty ambitious one at that time - to put all of its eggs on a basket known as the Giorgio platform. The objective was to build this one platform and use it on a lot of its models to help minimize the costs.
So far, the plan has worked for Alfa Romeo as the company’s first two offerings using the Giorgio platform - the Giulia and the Stelvio - have received positive reviews from a lot of people in the industry. Now the automaker is planning to build on the momentum started by the two models with a third one that could end up being another home run for Alfa.
The Giulia Sprint, if it does end up being called by that name, fits a need for Alfa Romeo. It already has a sedan and an SUV in the mix so a two-door coupe that shares its DNA with the Giulia is a smart move. That would at least give the Giulia another variant to tout in the face of stiff competition from the three German stalwarts and the upstart premium Asian brands like Lexus.
It would be interesting to see how Alfa Romeo packages the Giulia Sprint now that we know to expect its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. At this point, that’s the mystery that’s going to be talked about for the next month. It’s definitely exciting times for Alfa Romeo these days, something that seemed downright implausible, maybe even impossible, as recently as a few years ago. Here’s to hoping then that the Italian automaker keeps it up because like I’ve always said, the industry is better if a company with a rich and long history like Alfa is there in the thick of things.
Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio here.
Source: Motoring Australia