Alfa Romeo will certainly include a stylish entrant in to the competitive BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Jaguar XE market space this year as quickly as it unleashes its latest saloon – the Giulia.
Having very first revealed the vehicle last summer in range-topping Quadrifoglio trim, Alfa has actually because revealed off much more mainstream versions at the Geneva Motor Show.
According to CarWow, the Giulia is just the firm’s second all-brand-new model in 6 years, because the release of the Giulietta, so its importance to Alfa is huge. It forms a huge cornerstone of the company’s future plans, which consist of ambitions to grow sales from 74,000 in 2013 to much more compared to 400,000 by 2018.
Arguably among the biggest selling points of the Giulia is the design. CarBuyer reckons it is “a pretty rather vehicle that will certainly the majority of most likely turn much more heads compared to a BMW 3 Collection or Audi A4”.
Compared to the clean, angular lines used on Alfa’s 159, the Giulia adopts a newer, much more ambitious look. It’s rounder and muscular, yet retains classic Alfa traits such as the triangular grille and the straight, leading edges on the headlamps and taillights.
The standard vehicle gets flared wheel arches, big front air vents and a black-cladded skid plate at the back, along with two exhaust exits.
However, the design tweaks on the hotter Quadrifoglio version can’t pass free of comment. It gets a large front splitter, vents in the bonnet, a small lip spoiler on the boot, bigger wheels and a rear diffuser housing four exhaust exits. The bonnet and the roof are gained from carbon fibre and a few of the rear panels are aluminium in order to save weight.
Alfa claims every model in the range has actually 50/50 weight distribution, mated to an all-aluminium suspension setup on the range-topper.
Four engine selections will certainly be offered from a choice of 3 various energy units in total. The very first is a 2.2-litre diesel offered in either 148bhp or 178bhp, the latter offered in a special “Eco” configuration which can easily cut emissions right here 100g/Km for road tax exemption. The two diesels come along with the choice of a six-rate manual gearbox or an eight-rate dual-clutch automatic, despite the fact that UK buyers will certainly just be offered the automatic DCT gearbox.
Petrol units begin along with a turbocharged 2.0-litre developing 197bhp and 243lb-ft torque. Topping out the range is the Ferrari-made aluminium 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo along with 503bhp in the Quadrifoglio, powering it from 0-62mph in 3.9secs and on to a top rate of 190mph.
The Giulia is offered in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations – a departure from recent Alfas, says CarBuyer, which have actually been predominantly front-wheel drives. However, the relocate signals the company’s intention to relocate spine in to the sphere of developing “driver’s cars”.
Interior and tech
CarWow says buyers must expect a range which is generously equipped as standard, especially in terms of safety equipment. Each model will certainly get hold of a collision avoidance system too autonomous emergency braking which can easily detect pedestrians. A lane departure warning system, alerting the driver of straying over white lines, is additionally coming, along along with various other goodies such as adaptive cruise manage and blind-spot monitoring.
A 6.5ins centre console display in the cockpit, acting as an infotainment interface, is additionally standard, along along with sat nav on all of yet the entry degree car. A divide screen, either 3.5ins or 7ins, depending on trim level, sits behind the steering wheel and Quadrifoglios will certainly get hold of an 8.8ins display in the centre console.
A half-leather interior comes as standard on cars one trim degree up from entry level, while complete leather, power-heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and gear-shift paddles on automatics are offered as optional extras. The Quadrifoglio gets a mixture of leather and alcantara, along with carbon fibre trim details. Optional fixed-spine carbon fibre bucket seats gained by Sparco are a £3,000 option.
First impressions are good. Auto Express says the Giulia “is a refreshing and stylish brand-new entry in to the highly competitive executive saloon sector”, including that the car’s quality is on par along with its German rivals yet additionally satisfying to drive thanks to its 50/50 weight distribution and rear-wheel drive platform.
Inside, points aren’t “rather up to Audi quality”, yet the interior is stylish and straightforward and the contents have actually an excellent suit and finish. In the back, there is an “impressive quantity of room, along with enough space for six-footers to be comfortable in the bucketed seats”.
The ride itself feels “remarkably good”, The two in terms of comfort yet additionally a “lovely sense of support in corners and through compressions”. As for the engine, AE drove the 2.2-litre diesel and while they believe it sounds a tad rough as quickly as firing up, they say it settles and comes to be smooth and refined The two on the relocate and idle.
Pace is brisk – the 2.2-litre diesel Giulia does 0-62mph in 7.1secs – and it is frugal, too, along with Alfa claiming 67mpg.
Overall, it’s a “pleasant surprise”, satisfying to drive and blessed along with competitive specifications in all of the right areas.
Prices and release
According to Auto Express, exact UK specs for the Giulia have actually yet to be outlined, as have actually the prices. However, the magazine expects the vehicle to begin from £29,000. CarWow reckons it must be a little cheaper, at £27,000. The Quadrifoglio must begin at much more compared to £50,000. Autocar says that very first deliveries are set to take put in September this year.