The full range of Alfa Romeo Giulia has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today. The lesser siblings of the fire-breathing Giulia Quadrifoglio are made up of two trim levels – Giulia and Super. A range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will join the Quadrifoglio’s 2.9-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder powerplant.
Competing in the compact executive segment which includes the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class and Audi A4, the Alfa Romeo Giulia brings with it perfect front to rear weight distribution and the longest wheelbase in its class. With a dry weight of 1,374kg for the lightest variant, the Giulia also boasts one of the best power-to-weight ratio in its category thanks to extensive of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft and aluminium for engine and suspension components.
The new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is made entirely of aluminium and produces 149kW at 5000rpm and 330Nm of torque from just 1750rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Also made entirely out of aluminium, the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine produces 112kW at 4000rpm and 380Nm at 1500rpm. A more powerful version develops 134kW at 3750rpm and 450Nm at 1750rpm. Both engines drive the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual gearbox is also available.
Capable of lapping the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 39 seconds, the top of the range Giulia Quadrifoglio is the Italian marque’s long overdue rival to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C 63. Power comes from an all-aluminium six-cylinder 2.9-litre turbo petrol engine serving up 380kW and 600Nm to the rear wheels.
Tuned with input from Ferrari engineers, the sports sedan storms from rest to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Bringing the car to a halt from the same speed will take only 32 metres.
Equipment on the new entry-level “Giulia” is rather generous including, as standard, new and efficient active safety systems such as the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian detection, IBS (Integrated Brake System), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and cruise control with speed limiter. The entry-level version also includes aesthetic and functional features such as, for example, 16” alloy wheels, bi-zone climate control, Alfa DNA system and Connect 6.5” infotainment system.
In addition to the same equipment as the Giulia, the Super version also includes exclusive internal and external features: leather and fabric upholstery in various colours, special interior trim and 17” alloy wheels.
The top of the range Quadrifoglio also includes as standard sports seats in leather and Alcantara, sports steering wheel with red power button, interior carbon fibre inserts and exterior aerodynamics. Comfort and safety features include BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) technology and rear camera together with Xenon headlights. Also standard is the Active Aero Splitter system which actively manages downforce for higher performance and better grip at high speed. There are also DNA Pro selector with Race mode which communicates with the CDC (Chassis Domain Control) system and Torque Vectoring.
The comprehensive standard equipment can also be enhanced, on request, with the Luxury Pack and the Sport Pack. The Luxury Pack enhances the interior with full-grain leather upholstery for the seats to which is added power adjustment and heating functions, real wood interior finish, chrome trim on the side windows and Xenon 35W headlights with AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System).
The Super version Sports Pack includes sports steering wheel with added grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, centre console and door panels, and Xenon headlights.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to launch in Australia late this year.