Italian auto manufacturer Alfa Romeo unveiled their compact executive saloon car, the Giulia in June, 2015 with sales beginning in February, 2016. The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the successor to the Alfa Romeo 159 and it is the Italian manufacturers first saloon car since production of the Alfa Romeo 159 ended all the way back in 2011. The Alfa Romeo Giulia also happens to be the first mass-market Alfa Romeo in twenty-three years to use a longitudinal rear-wheel drive platform, which was last used on the Alfa Romeo 75 which was discontinued all the way back in 1992.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia also features an exquisite, yet modern design, which screams sportiness, passion and pure driving pleasure, and even in entry level guise, there is no such thing as a bland Alfa Romeo Giulia. As expected, Alfa Romeo have placed the gorgeous Giulia into direct competition with the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, just to name a few and to me the compact Giulia is definitely the better looking vehicle out of the four.
However, if you want something a little bit bigger than the Alfa Romeo Giulia, unfortunately you will have to give the German manufacturers your hard earned money, as Alfa Romeo don’t offer a mid-size executive saloon as yet. Although, we at Enzarihave been hearing quite a few rumours lately which suggest that Alfa Romeo may be working on a bigger brother for the Giulia which will no doubt rival the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class and quite honestly we can’t wait for official information to be announced.
While we wait for official word from Alfa Romeo, the rumours which have surfaced seem to suggest that Alfa Romeo could bring back the ‘Alfetta’ name for it’s mid-size executive saloon. For those of you that have never heard of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta, here is some information for you. The Alfa Romeo Alfetta was originally manufactured from 1972 – 1987 and it was a front-engined executive vehicle which could be had in either sedan, fastback or coupe form. Alfa Romeo managed to produce over 400,000 Alfetta’s in the models fifteen year production run, as a result the original Alfetta was quite a successful model for Alfa Romeo, so it comes as no surprise to us that Alfa Romeo want to revive the ‘Alfetta’ name.
So then, wouldn’t it be fantastic if the ‘Alfetta’ name made a come back? We at Enzari seem to think so, and just to wet your appetite we also have a few renderings of what the modern day Alfa Romeo Alfetta could look like. The renderings or ‘sketches’ featured in this article are the work of designer Marco Renna of Renna Design and don’t they just look absolutely fantastic? Designer Marco Renna is a 23 year old Aerospace Engineering Student and he has been involved in Formula SAE activities and a series of personal projects too, which consist of designing road cars, race cars and even a hypercar that still has to be patented. Impressive right?
I know what you are thinking, Renna Design may not be as well known as some of the bigger design studios out there, but their work is nothing less than impressive. As you can no doubt see from the sketches featured in this article, the modern day iteration of the Alfetta looks very similar to the Giulia, and it seems to share quite a few design elements with the Giulia too, which is not at all a bad thing. The sketches also show what the Alfetta could look like in Veloce and Quadrifoglio Verde guise and we love what we see. As mentioned earlier in this article, the new Alfetta will be bigger than the Giulia, but if it looks as good as these sketches who really cares about that?
As for these Alfa Romeo Alfetta sketches, this is what Marco Renna has to say about them ‘The Alfetta was created to envision a proper Alfa-branded full size sedan, thus mixing sportiness and elegance in a well proportioned vehicle that also bears some family feeling from its smaller sibling, the Giulia. The hypothetically bigger dimensions allowed a roomy yet sporty design, with new front and rear fascia that include some distinctive elements. The Alfetta is part of a series of proposals for Alfa Romeo, including a Coupe and a DTM version of the Giulia and with the new Giulietta, GTV and 8C yet to be completed.’
We at Enzari really hope that Alfa Romeo take Renna Design’s proposal seriously as we would love to see these sketches come to life, sooner than later please. Of course, nothing is official yet and Alfa Romeo could decide not to go ahead with the project, which would be a massive shame. Unfortunately, we will just have to wait and see what Alfa Romeo has in store for us at the end of the day, however we are certain that whatever Alfa Romeo end’s up putting into production, it will be better than it’s German rivals. After all, it will be an Alfa Romeo.
Stephen Parry is a keen car enthusiast and also writes his own blog at http://stevespeedza.blogspot.com