The super sedan is getting pushed back.
When we first heard about Alfa Romeo’s Giulia that would be powered by a Ferrari-derived V6, we were ecstatic. With a pair of turbos, the Giulia QV’s engine makes 503 hp and beat the BMW M4 around the Nurburgring. The Giulia was expected to go on sale in Europe in early 2016, with a US debut shortly after. According to Automotive News, Alfa Romeo will delay the Giulia’s launch by six months. That means the Giluia won’t make an appearance in the US until the end of 2016 at the earliest.
The news that Alfa Romeo is delaying the launch of the Giulia is upsetting, but something we should’ve seen. Aside from the Alfa Romeo 4C, the automaker hasn't had a strong presence in North America for a long time. In addition to the new Giulia, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne also had plans to put a Giulia-derived SUV into production by mid-2016. But we hear that the SUV won’t go on sale until early 2017, which is nine months behind schedule. Unnamed sources told Automotive News that the Giulia is being delayed because of safety and ride characteristics. Hopefully Alfa Romeo isn’t screwing up the super sedan.