The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is finally in production.

The first examples rolled off the line yesterday at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] plant in Piedimonte San Germano, Italy.

The first car off the line was a dark gray example of the base Giulia. Production of Giulia sedans for the United States will commence late in the second quarter.

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Examples headed here will initially be high-performance Giulia Quadrifoglios, which Alfa Romeo has previously said will be priced around $70k. Recall, this is the 505-horsepower rival to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63.

Base Giulia coming with 276 horsepower

More affordable Giulia and Giulia Ti (Turismo Internazionale) models will eventually be offered. These will deliver 276 hp.

The start of production of the Giulia is a major milestone for FCA. The car is the first model to ride on a modular rear-wheel-drive platform that will eventually underpin all next-generation Alfa Romeos. It’s thought the platform will also be used for next-generation models from Dodge and possibly Chrysler.

The next model to ride on the platform will be the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The SUV has already been spied in prototype form and is on track to enter production late this year.


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