Alfa Romeo Giulia design inspired by 156, not 3 Series


If you happen to be among the few who saw the Alfa Romeo Giulia and figured it looked all too similar to a certain performance-oriented sedan from Munich, Alfa’s design chief, Alessandro Maccolini, has this to say to you. “We did not copy a BMW. We took inspiration from our past, specifically from the 156.”

According to Automotive News Europe, Maccolini issued said comment during a speech he made to the car design community in Mantova, Italy. Such was the extent of the visual similarities that were being drawn between both cars that its chief designer had to go on record to state that inspiration for the Giulia was very much drawn from in-house sources.

To recap, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, revealed so far only in range-topping Quadrifoglio trim, is aimed at the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. The BMW M3-rivalling sedan is powered by a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine pumping out 510 hp, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Zero to 100 km/h is achieved in 3.9 seconds while top speed is said to be over 300 km/h.


With that said, there is one major hiccup in the picture. Earlier on, it was reported that sales of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will commence in June 2016 – a full six months later than what was initially planned. In addition to that, the brand’s oft-reported SUV will surface only after early 2017 – a nine month-long delay. Sources quote additional work on Alfa’s end in “safety and ride characteristics” as the reason.

Whatever the reason(s) may be, let’s just keep our fingers crossed for the revival of Alfa Romeo – after all, no point defending your car’s design origins when it can’t even hit the market to compete in the first place, right?

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in Frankfurt

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • Ho hum. Till we see it in the metal, there’s nothing to be excited about anymore.

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  • alfa owner on Nov 09, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Did people said it looks like the m3? i for one didnt even thought of the M3 when i looked at it. The m3 is a bit ‘stout’ while this giulia is more of a traditional alfa 156 with its very loooong wheelbase. If you were to put it side by side with a 156 then you can really see the resemblance.

    anyway…off topic but we will never see this car in malaysia. not to mention the alfa dealer here is already kaput and sime darby is not really interested in promoting the brand.

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  • anyone who said it looks like a 3 series must go to opticians and have their eye’s tested.

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  • Benci on Nov 09, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Perasan le tu.

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  • DonkeyKong on Nov 09, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Resemblance in the sense that it has windows and 4 wheels? I don’t see any similarity with the 3-Series at all..

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  • Annoynimouse on Nov 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

    If anything, the rear looks like a Maserati.
    Anyways, this car looks sexier than the Bimmer…

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