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New Details On The Alfa Romeo 169

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On: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

New Details On The Alfa Romeo 169

The Alfa Romeo 169 is one of the next cars in the Italian marquee's pipline, set to replace the 166, which went out of production earlier this decade. Some new details have emerged on the car, giving us an idea of what Alfa's upcoming flagship sedan might look like.

The 169 was originally announced back in 2008, but due to corporate delays and economic concerns it has seen its launch pushed back several times.

On the plus side, those delays mean that Alfa will be able to build its next sedan on top of Chrysler's LX platform, which currently underpins the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger. That will make the 169 a sportier, rear-wheel-drive model, unlike the 166, which was a front-wheel drive.

Building up from there, Alfa will reportedly match the sportier platform with sleeker, sportier four-door coupe styling. In so doing, Alfa will work to incorporate influence from other models in its line including the Mito, Giulietta and, best of all, the 8C Competizione.

The 169 will offer several engine options, but specifics remain up in there air. However, rumors indicate that the top-end option may be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V8 worth that puts out over 400 horses.

The 169 will be one of the models that will help Alfa Romeo transition back into the U.S. market. It's expected to compete with such models as the Cadillac CTS-V and the BMW 5-Series and will start around $40K. No word yet on when Alfa will launch the new sedan, but it likely remains a couple years off.

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