The first and most intriguing addition to the Alfa Romeo line will be a range-topping 2.9 liter V6 that is is an improvisation of the 3.0 liter V6 that has become a mainstay of the Maserati line. Alfa Romeo will get a re-engineered version of this Ferrari sourced V6 that will be slightly downsized to 2.9 liters and will boast twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. All told, Alfa Romeo’s new V6 will produce a maximum output of 480 horsepower. Imagine one of those crammed into a 4C!
The new mainstay of the Alfa Romeo line will come in the form of a 2.0 liter in-line four cylinder. Employing turbocharging and direct fuel injection, the new 2.0 will produce outputs between 180 and 330 horsepower. The engine will be coupled to both automatic and manual transmissions, as well as all and rear wheel drive configurations.
Alfa Romeo also isn’t letting its diesel offerings fall by the wayside either. Two new diesel power-plants will be available. Alfa-Romeo’s 159 replacing mid-size sedan will be available with a 2.2 liter turbo-diesel, with an output ranging from 135 to 210 horsepower. Also in development, is an improved version of the current 3.0 liter diesel V6 that is offered in several Jeep and Maserati models. This engine will see its output increased from 275 to 340 horsepower and will find its way into a new Alfa Romeo large sedan or SUV. For those of you who are wondering, no, it won’t be fitted into the 159 replacement.
The new power offerings are part of an extensive restructuring plan being undertaken by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to bolster sales and strengthen its brand portfolio. The seven billion dollar investment package being poured into Alfa Romeo comes with the goal of increasing global brand sales to 400,000 units by 2018, after only selling 74,000 last year. A new mid-size sedan, replacing the 159, and a new compact SUV are being developed by Alfa Romeo, for release in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The mid-size sedan has been confirmed for sale in the US market.