Following a series of delays, Alfa Romeo's Giulia is reportedly on track for a 2014 launch.
Set to be offered as a sedan and wagon, the model will be critical to Alfa Romeo's revival and U.S. launch. Autocar says the Giulia's design is expected to be finalized this fall and could be previewed by a concept sometime next year.
Little else is known about the vehicle, but it will reportedly ride on an updated version of the platform that underpins the Giulietta and Dodge Dart. It is expected to feature a longer wheelbase, an independent rear suspension and an optional all-wheel drive system.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but petrol choices could include a 1.4-liter MultiAir with 120 hp (89 kW / 122 PS), a MultiAir version of Chrysler's Pentastar V6 and a series of Alfa Romeo-exclusive turbocharged powerplants. We can also expect a variety of Fiat-sourced diesel engines.
U.K. pricing is expected to start at £22,000 and the Giulia could be built in Europe, America and China.
Note: Speculative renderings by Alessandro Masera