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First published: 2nd March 2016

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Alfa Romeo reveals full details of Giulia range

The Italian company’s rival for the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 goes on sale in September, with a choice of four engines and three trim levels

First published: 2nd March 2016
  • Giulia range will include two petrol and two diesel engines, all new
  • Rear-wheel drive platform is said to have perfect weight distribution
  • Car goes on sale in September, with prices confirmed nearer the time
Alfa Romeo has revealed full details of its forthcoming Giulia range of compact executive saloons at the Geneva Show. A rival for the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, the new car will go on sale in September.

We’ve already seen the range-topping Quadrifoglio version – complete with Ferrari-inspired 503bhp twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine – but this was the first time we have seen the full range. This includes one further petrol engine (a 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo) and two 2.2-litre diesels, with 148- or 178bhp. These are all brand new designs, but the company is yet to announce details of their economy and emissions.

Like its 3 Series and C-Class rivals, the Giulia is rear-wheel drive – which has allowed the car’s stylists to create a car with a long bonnet and short overhangs – and Alfa claims that the car has perfect 50/50 weight distribution; and this, combined with lightweight components and an innovative suspension, is said to give a drive that is both comfortable and enjoyable.
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Inside, Alfa says that the car will feature high-quality materials, including carbon fibre and wood, while the controls are centred around the driver. The features available will include a sat-nav system – which is based around an 8.8-inch screen and operated by a rotary controller or voice control, as well as providing Bluetooth, DAB and full smartphone integration – and a Harman Kardon stereo.

Alfa is yet to confirm precise details of trim levels, but the company has said that every Giulia will come with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and cruise control. Beyond that, Super models will have larger alloys, as well as leather/fabric seats and upgraded interior trim, while optional Luxury and Sport packs will also be available. At the top of the range, the high-performance Quadrifoglio version will have its own unique package of equipment.

Among the safety features available will be Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Blind-Spot Monitoring.

The car will go on sale in September, and Alfa will confirm full details of the Giulia’s prices nearer the time. However, given the car’s competition, we expect the new range will start at around £25,000.

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