At a special event held at the Centro Sperimentale di Balocco (Balocco Proving Ground) in northern Italy, the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia range was launched, embodying all of the things that we know and love about the Alfa Romeo brand: distinctive Italian design; innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio.
The all-new rear-wheel drive Giulia features short overhangs, a long bonnet, muscular haunches and the longest wheelbase in its segment, and also features perfect 50/50 weight distribution across its axles, a sophisticated four-arm Alfa™ Link rear suspension (with an Alfa Romeo-patented solution for toe adjustment), new double-wishbone front set up and, for the very first time on the Giulia, a new semi-virtual steering axis which "optimises the filtering effect and guarantees rapid, accurate steering by keeping a constant caster trail in corners."
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is also lighter than ever before, the dry weight of the 180hp 2.2-litre turbo diesel version coming in at just 1,374kg, thanks to use of an array of high-strength and ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft, aluminium composite and plastic for the rear crossmember and aluminium for the doors, wings, engines (petrol and diesel), brakes and suspensions - including the front suspension domes and front and rear subframes.
A full range of all-new, advanced all-aluminium engines power the Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon, all manufactured in Italy, and all top of their segment for performance and efficiency.
The 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel Engine is the first all-aluminium diesel unit in Alfa Romeo’s history, using the latest-generation MultiJet II injection system with Injection Rate Shaping (IRS). Two versions will be available of this not-so-little gem, one producing 150hp at 4,000rpm and 380Nm at 1,500rpm, the other 180hp at 3,750rpm and 450Nm at 1,750rpm, with both making good use of Alfa Romeo’s advanced eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The 510hp 2.9-litre BiTurbo Petrol Engine is exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version. It is constructed entirely of low-weight aluminium and is inspired by Ferrari engines. The V6 BiTurbo petrol engine delivers 510hp and 600Nm of torque, a top speed of 190mph and a 0-62mph time of only 3.9 seconds. Thanks in part to its electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system, it achieves best-in-class in terms of emission levels, and will be available in the UK with an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, with paddle shifters and performance calibration as standard.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia features a whole new range of technological advances to make sure that the driving experience is an Alfa Romeo driving experience.
As you would imagine, the interior of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is every bit as designed and full of quality as everything else involved in the new car and, crucially, it is centred around the driver. The main controls are all grouped together on the small steering wheel for easy access, and the human-machine interface (HMI) consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector and the infotainment system.
All around the cabin, Alfa Romeo have used high-quality materials, including carbon fibre and real wood, to make it look beautiful and pleasing to both the eye and touch, and depending on the level of trim chosen,
Depending on trim level, all the essential information about the car is shown on either a a 3.5" or 7" colour instrument organised in four screenshots.
There is a new 8.8" Connect Nav 3D system as standard on the Alfa Romeo Giulia, controlled via the rotary pad, and equipped with advanced voice recognition for complete connectivity with all mobile devices (Apple iOS and Android). It also features Bluetooth, music streaming, DAB digital radio and Hi-Fi digital audio.
Sound within the car is exquisite thanks to the debut in the Alfa Romeo Giulia of a sophisticated 900W Sound Theatre by Harman Kardon system with 12-channel Class D amplifier, Logic 7® technology, and 5.1 surround sound via 14 high-quality speakers.
Again; no surprises here with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia featuring some of the finest driving assistance aids on the market. These include:
The standard equipment on the entry-level Giulia trim level includes:
Moving on up to the Giulia Super trim level we find the addition to standard of:
Engines available in the Giulia and Giulia Super include the 150hp 2.2-litre turbo diesel and 180hp 2.2-litre turbo diesel.
The top-of-the-range Giulia Quadrifoglio features the Ferrari-inspired 510hp 2.9-litre BiTurbo petrol engine and aerodynamic enhancements, along with:
The comprehensive standard equipment on the Giulia can also be enhanced, on request, with the Luxury Pack and the Sport Pack.
The Luxury Pack features full-grain leather upholstery for the seats, power adjustable front seats with heaters, real wood interior detailing, chrome-effect exterior window trim and Xenon 35W headlights with AFS.
The Sports Pack, available on the Giulia Super model, includes a sports steering wheel, aluminium interior trim and Xenon headlights.
Available from September in the UK, full UK specifications will be announced soon for the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, so register your interest now with one of our Customer Service Representatives.