Alfa Romeo Tipo 952 Sedan and Crossover SUV to Go on Sale in the US in 2017, Reid Bigland Says

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I know the 159 is one of the prettiest sedans Alfa Romeo has ever made, but it’s been out of production for a few years now. To boot, a change has to come in order to bring Alfa to its former glory. This is where the Tipo 952 and a crossover come on the scene.
Speaking to AutomotiveNews, Alfa Romeo of North America brand head Reid Bigland gave the publication an interesting bit of intel: "I'm confident that it's going to blow your Italian socks off when you look at the specifications associated with this vehicle,” Reid declared on the upcoming Alfa Romeo Tipo 952 sedan.

Tipo 952 is the internal designation of this car. We prefer using it over the Giulia nameplate because that moniker hasn’t been confirmed. Bigland confirmed as well that the Giulia name is “still being hashed out.” Slated to arrive in the US in 2017, the D-Segment sedan has been spied testing in recent months, albeit wearing a Maserati Ghibli body shell and a shorter wheelbase compared to the performance-oriented Ghibli.

A high-performance version of the Alfa Romeo Tipo 952 is on the cards too. “I think with the D-sedan, you can expect performance at or above the Porsche, BMW and Mercedes for like-to-like classes,” Bigland added. According to an earlier report from AutomotiveNews, Alfa Romeo works on next-gen engines, including a 2-liter turbo-4 with outputs ranging from 180 to 330 ponies.

A 2.9-liter twin-turbo engine is also rumored to be in the making, as is a derivative of the Ghibli-sourced 3-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol and diesel. A launch date, you’re asking? June 24, confirmed by Alfa Romeo.

In addition to the Tipo 952, Bigland further said that a D-segment SUV will arrive late next year or in early 2017. Our two cents go on a jacked-up variant of the Tipo 952 sedan, a crossover SUV that will go against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan.

Both models are expected to be underpinned by a newly developed RWD/AWD architecture nicknamed Giorgio. Don’t know about you, but if Alfa does deliver, the German brands will be in trouble.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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