The Alfa Romeo Giulia range may be in line for a more powerful engine, to bridge the gap between the regular models and the tyre-frying Quadrifoglio.
A more powerful engine was spotted by Bozi Tatarevic, a freelance automotive journalist, on Mopar Tech Authority, a global service and parts website run by Fiat Chrysler.
In a screencap posted on his Twitter feed (above), there are four engine options listed for the 2018 Giulia: a 209kW (280hp) 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, a new 260kW (350hp) 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, and the Quadrifoglio's 377kW (505hp) 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6.
If this leak is on the money, the new high-output 260kW 2.0-litre petrol engine could be used in an updated Veloce model, and reduce the still-substantial gap up to the BMW M3-chasing Quadrifoglio.
Given the need to spread the development costs of this new motor between as many models as possible, it will also likely end up powering the Stelvio crossover.