Artist's impression, plus full details of Alfa 157 replacement

The Alfa Romeo 159 will be replaced with an all-new model called the Giulia within the next two years.

The Giuila, which can be seen in our conceptual illustration, will be based on a new platform developed by Fiat Auto to maximise the investment in its C-platform which underpins the Bravo.

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Called C-Evoluzione, or C-Evo for short, the platform has a longer wheelbase, shorter overhangs and more sophisticated suspension that enable it to be used in more expensive and upmarket cars than the Bravo.

The C-platform was engineered from the start to be extremely adaptable, so developing multiple new cars with different mechanical configurations is not as difficult as it sounds.

So instead of the Bravo’s torsion beam rear suspension, the Giulia will get a multi-link set-up for improved handling and ride comfort. Entry-level Giulias will be front-wheel drive, with the option of Alfa’s Q4 four-wheel drive system.

Active Roll Control will be an option; expect Alfa’s new DNA system (introduced in the Mito), which offers three different modes that affect throttle response, traction control and steering weight, to be available too.

Although the 159 has won plaudits for its striking looks, it has been criticised for excessive weight. Alfa will be working to ensure the Giulia’s lengthened C-Evo platform is not hampered by the mass that afflicted the 159’s Premium base, once described by an Alfa source as being so over-engineered that it would have “won six EuroNCAP stars if there were such a thing”.

The Milano, which was revealed in spy shots last week, will be officially unveiled at the Geneva motor show next March, with sales starting in the summer.

You can read updated details and see the Milano spy shots by clicking Updated: Alfa Milano details

The Giulia will surface towards the end of 2011, although sales may not start in the UK until 2012.

Dan Stevens

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