Fans of Italian styling are anxiously awaiting Fiat and Alfa Romeo's full scale return to the U.S. now that the alliance deal between the Italian auto giant and Chrysler has been well and truly signed off.
One of Alfa Romeo’s upcoming models is particularly important as it will form the basis of a new Chrysler sedan planned for U.S. production. The car is the 2010 Alfa Romeo Giulietta and we now have new spy images revealing its interior for the first time.
The Giulietta will replace the Alfa Romeo 147 hatchback sold overseas and will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and new Ford Focus. Unlike the current 147, however, the Giulietta will only be available as a five-door.
Several engine options will be available overseas, all turbocharged and ranging between 120 and 170 horsepower. A high-performance 230 horsepower version is expected soon after its initial launch. Transmission options include 5- and 6-speed manuals and further down the track will be a new dual-clutch automatic option.
Under the pretty sheet metal sits a MacPherson strut suspension set-up in the front and a new multi-link design at the rear.
A U.S. launch is still uncertain but chances are the Giulietta will arrive locally sometime next year. Production of the stylish hatch is also expected to take place locally as the platform underpinning the car, Fiat's C-Evo architecture, will be used for the aforementioned Chrysler sedan that will be built at a North American plant.
Stay tuned for an update as more information is due closer to the Giulietta's world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March.