Alfa Romeo has ambitious plans for its next-generation mid-size sedan. The new car, which will replace the aging 159 sedan, will not only kick off the brand’s full scale return to the U.S. market, but according to a new report it will expand to include three different bodystyles.

Alfa Romeo has reportedly enlisted the talents of the three major Turin design houses, Stile Bertone, Pininfarina and Italdesign Giugiaro, each of which has been assigned the task of developing one of the new 159 replacement bodystyles.

Stile Bertone is to work on a hot new coupe model, Pininfarina on a convertible and Italdesign Giugiaro on the volume four-door sedan.

The move is part of Alfa Romeo’s centenary celebration, which will be taking place this year.

Not much else is known about the 159 replacement but most reports suggest it will be called the Giulia when it goes on sale in Europe late in the year. Expect the U.S. launch to kick off sometime in 2011.


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