The much-delayed Alfa Romeo Giulia (and the brand’s return to the American market) may finally be on track. As the Italian automaker is getting ready to set the new sedan’s design in stone, information about what powertrains the Giulia will use slipped out.
According to the latest report from Autocar, the Giulia will use a range of engines featuring Fiat’s MulitAir technology. MultiAir gives the engine computer full control of the variable valve timing on intake valves. A 1.4-liter MultiAir I-4 – found in other Fiat applications – will allegedly be offered in 120-hp form and the new Alfa will also use a range of Fiat diesel engines. When it comes to six-cylinder power, as the Giulia will receive a MultiAir version of Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is presently employed in vehicles sold by the Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, and Jeep brands.
Expect the Giulia to offer all-wheel drive as an option to appeal to American consumers in the snow belt. The sedan will be front-wheel drive normally, as it will ride on the same C US Wide platform that underpins the 2013 Dodge Dart (pictured below), albeit stretched to compete with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. Autocar says that along with the longer wheelbase and overall length, the Giulia may also receive independent rear suspension. Unlike the Dart, the Giulia sedan will also spawn a true wagon variant, although the jury is still out on whether or not that would make it to U.S. shores.
Most interestingly, there is a good chance that the Giulia would be built at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois facility alongside the Dart. That would help Fiat hedge against rising production costs and fluctuating currency rates, especially given the U.S. is expected to be one of the car’s largest markets.
What has yet to be decided, however, is the design of the Giulia. The car was delayed to 2014 because CEO Sergio Marchionne sent the designers back to the drawing board, and Autocar reports that Fiat Group bosses have “agonized” over the final look of the car.
Expect to see the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulia finally make its debut late next year, with U.S. sales following a year later.