In November of last year, Fiat Chrysler announced production of the Alfa Romeo Giulia compact sedan was to be pushed back by about six months. The BMW 3-Series competitor was first set to arrive in late 2015, however the car was rumored to have failed front, side, and rear crash tests, delaying its arrival until mid-2016.
We were a little concerned that with slowing luxury car sales in China and FCA’s new crossover and SUV-heavy product plan the Giulia would be delayed once again, however yesterday FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was the bearer of good news, announcing production of the Giulia will begin on March 14th.
Marchionne made the announcement during a visit to the Stabilimento Fiat di Cassino plant in Turin, Italy, which will be tasked with producing the new compact four-door. He also announced the coming Alfa Romeo crossover will be called Stelvio, a product that will ride on the same platform as the Giulia sedan.
Even though production is set to begin next month, we still have yet to hear any official word on the standard version of the Giulia sedan. Alfa has only shown us the 505 horsepower Quadrifoglio Verde high performance variant, however a purported leak of the engine lineup last year indicated 2.0-liter turbo and 2.2-liter diesel engines would be on offer, along with rear- and all-wheel drive.
More information on the standard Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan may become available at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.