The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have revealed two top performers with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio equalling the highest scores recorded to date in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.
The Giulia mid-sized sedan recorded a score of 98 per cent, closely followed by the brand’s medium SUV offering, the Stelvio, scoring 97 per cent.1
Both Alfa Romeo models achieved a 5 star ANCAP safety rating with good performance across all four key areas of assessment. This rating applies to all 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel Giulia and Stelvio variants.
“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low speed autonomous
emergency braking also forms part of this, with both Alfa Romeo models performing well.”
The Citroen C3, which was subject to the same broad range of tests, fell just shy of today’s safety expectation due to its inability to actively detect and prevent pedestrian contact combined with head injury risk.
“Unfortunately the C3 falls down in the Pedestrian Protection aspects of our assessment,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We may not all be drivers, but we are all pedestrians so it is important the design and specification of a vehicle considers the safety of those inside as well as outside the vehicle.”
The Citroen C3 scored 59 per cent for Pedestrian Protection, limiting its overall ANCAP safety rating to 4 stars.
1 These scores equal those achieved by the Volvo XC60 (98%) and Volvo XC90 (97%).
Alfa Romeo’s eagerly awaited Giulia sports sedan range has gone on sale in Australia priced from a highly competitive $59,895.
Based on Alfa Romeo’s flexible all-new Giorgio rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Giulia is more than just an all-new premium sports sedan: it’s the vanguard of the Alfa Romeo renaissance, and the start of an exciting new era for the 106-year old Italian brand.
Designed, engineered and produced in Italy, the Giulia sports sedan introduces a new level of standard equipment and driving enjoyment to the mid-sized luxury class.
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Australian line-up consists of five models across four equipment grades – Giulia, Super, Veloce and range-topping Quadrifoglio.
All Giulia models benefit from highly competitive levels of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlamps, keyless go, stop/start technology, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
With pricing starting from $59,895, the Alfa Romeo Giulia mounts a strong argument as one of the best value premium sports sedans on the Australian market.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is offered with the choice of four all-aluminium, all-turbo engines, all of which meet the latest Euro 6 emission standards. Each is mated to a smooth and seemingly prescient ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which sends drive to the rear wheels via a carbon fibre driveshaft.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia stands out for its distinctive Italian design, expressed through an impeccable sense of proportion and the sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces that craft its unique design. Only Italy could have designed the gorgeous Giulia.
The new Giulia’s curvaceous exterior is unashamedly extroverted and modern yet remains faithful to Alfa Romeo’s rich 106-year heritage. Inside, the crisp and classy interior is designed to envelop the driver and cater to their every need.
All Alfa Romeo Giulia models benefit from a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, excellent power-to-weight ratios, and innovative engine and driver technologies designed to maximise driver enjoyment and minimise environmental impact.
This new Alfa Romeo combines stellar engine performance and clever use of ultralight materials, such as carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to reduce weight in the quest for class-leading handling, refinement, performance and driving excitement.
All Giulia models have an advanced, lightweight carbon fibre drive shaft to enhance engine responsiveness.
Standard safety specification on all Giulia models includes new efficient active safety systems like Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, Integrated Brake System (IBS), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
“We are thrilled to welcome the Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan to Australia,” said Steve Zanlunghi, president and CEO of Alfa Romeo Australia.
“The Giulia’s combination of quality, performance, value and Italian spirit across all models gives Australians something truly unique and exhilarating in the premium sports sedan market.”
Alfa Romeo Giulia pricing (Feb 2017)
- Giulia $59,895
- Super $64,195 (2.0)
- Super $65,895 (2.2d)
- Veloce $71,895
- Quadrifoglio $143,900
Alfa Romeo Australia is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated Giulia QV sports sedan will be priced at $143,900 MSRP when it goes on sale in Australia from 16 February.
This sharp price means that the 100-plus Australians who have already placed an order for the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV have not only secured a relative performance bargain, they will be driving the car that resets performance benchmarks in its class.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV's potent Ferrari-inspired twin-turbo V6 engine gives this stylish and spirited Italian thoroughbred the best power-to-weight ratio. Combined with Alfa Romeo's ongoing commitment to weight optimisation – carbonfibre is used extensively through the car – and cutting-edge aerodynamics, the Giulia QV has the performance credentials to crush its rivals.
The Alfa Romero Giulia QV is the current production sedan king of the fearsome Nurburgring. In September, the Giulia QV set a scorching laptime of 7min 32sec, making it the fastest four door production vehicle ever – faster than rivals costing many tens of thousands more.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV can accelerate from rest to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 305km/h.
The Giulia’s potent engine is the most prodigious in its class for specific power, its 375kW coming from just 2.9 litres capacity. It is teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission that has the smarts to preload downshifts if the driver flicks the paddle before revs have dropped sufficiently for a lower gear.
The engine also features cylinder deactivation to save fuel, making it the most fuel efficient car in its class, with a European combined economy figure of just 8.2L/100km.
The Giulia QV also features active aerodynamics, another first for its class. The front splitter lowers at speed to create best-in-class downforce in all conditions.
The Giulia QV arrives standard with a torque vectoring system - integrated into the technologically advanced chassis domain control - heralding an ability to improve agility of the vehicle, safety, traction, improved steering response, and vehicle handling attitude.
The Giulia QV’s next generation DNA Pro dynamic drive system tailors the Giulia QV’s suspension, steering, drivetrain, and exhaust note to deliver the best of both worlds: Scintillating performance when you need it and refined comfort when you don’t.
This all-new Alfa Romeo will come handsomely equipped with 19-inch forged alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) and automatic high beam, Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Brake and pedestrian awareness, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and active cruise control.
Like the exterior, the Giulia QV’s interior evokes the twin themes of passion and premium performance typically the preserve of thoroughbred Italian supercars. The leather-wrapped surfaces throughout feature contrast stitching, along with aluminium and carbonfibre highlights.
The leather and Alcantara front sports seats are eight-way, electrically adjustable, and generously bolstered to help occupants withstand the Giulia QV’s prodigious cornering prowess.
Premium appointments include a Harmon Kardon 14-speaker sound system, and a bespoke 8.8-inch multimedia screen housing the entertainment system, satellite navigation and climate air-conditioning controls – easily accessed via a centrally mounted rotary dial with integrated handwriting recognition pad.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia QV will make its Australian debut at the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo on January 14, 2017.
Alfa Romeo Giulia QV
Body: Four-door sports sedan
Engine: 2.9-litre 90deg V6, twin-turbocharged
Power: 375kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 600Nm @ 2500-5000rpm
Kerb weight: 1585kg
0-100km/h: 3.9 sec
Top speed: 305km/h
Fuel economy: 8.2L/100km*
Nurburgring lap record: 7min 32sec
* European combined cycle
Alfa Romeo Australia has confirmed a four-model line-up for the highly anticipated Giulia premium sedan range when it launches in Australia in February 2017. Based on an all new rear-wheel drive architecture, all Giulia models benefit from perfect 50/50 weight distribution, best in class power-to-weight ratios, and innovative engine and driver technologies.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia stands out for its distinctive Italian design, which is expressed through an impeccable sense of proportions drawn from the flexible technical architecture, as well as the sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces used both inside and out.
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia’s Australian line-up will comprise of five models across four equipment grades – Giulia, Super, Veloce and range-topping Quadrifoglio. There are three petrol and one diesel engine variant, all with an eight-speed automatic transmission standard.
The entry level Giulia is powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 147kW and 330Nm, the latter on tap from 1750-4000rpm. This endows the Giulia with both performance and efficiency: 0-100km/h in just 6.6 seconds, and a combined cycle fuel economy of 6.0L/100km.
Standard safety specification includes new efficient active safety systems, including Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, Integrated Brake System (IBS), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – all of which contributed to the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia being awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating, with 98 per cent protection result for adult occupants, the highest score ever achieved by a car, despite the more severe EuroNCAP evaluation system introduced in 2015.
The entry-level Giulia comes generously equipped with leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlamps, keyless go, stop/start technology, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a reverse parking camera.
As with all Alfa Romeos, the Giulia’s interior focus is on the driver with the Alfa DNA rotary driving mode selector, a 3.5-inch TFT colour cluster instrument panel, UConnect 6.5-inch display infotainment system with DAB and Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8-speaker audio system.
Next in the range is the Giulia Super, available with a choice of 147kW/330Nm petrol engine or a new-generation 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel which produces 132kW and 450Nm (from 1750-3750rpm). This engine is a veritable fuel miser, rated at just 4.2L/100km on the urban/country combined cycle, yet still capable of 0-100km/h in 7.1 seconds.
In addition to the base Giulia’s already generous specification, the Giulia Super sports an even higher grade of leather which also adorns the dash and doors, an eight-way power driver’s seat, active cruise control and heated steering wheel. Safety also steps up with the inclusion of blind spot monitoring.
Australians looking for even more sporting prowess in their distinctly Italian sports sedan will be drawn to the Giulia Veloce, powered by a higher-performance version of the turbo 2.0-litre petrol engine, tuned for 206kW and 400Nm. The Giulia Veloce accelerates to 100km/h in 5.8 seconds, yet sips just 6.1L/100km on the combined cycle.
The Giulia Veloce also gains a number of specification advantages over the Giulia Super, including Alfa SDC adjustable suspension, limited-slip rear differential, 19-inch Veloce alloys and an uprated braking package, with calipers distinctively finished in red.
Inside, the Veloce’s cabin steps up the visual performance with aluminium dash inserts and pedals, a sports leather seats and steering wheel, and a premium sound system.
Those who want the best in life will have eyes only for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the pinnacle of the Giulia range and the Nurburgring lap record holder. The Quadrifoglio packs peerless performance and a class-leading power to weight ratio thanks to Alfa Romeo’s lightweight technology and its Ferrari-inspired 375kW twin-turbo V6 engine.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio accelerates to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed beyond 300km/h. Thanks to clever cylinder deactivation technology, the Quadrifoglio’s fuel economy rating is just 8.2L/100km.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio sets new benchmarks in sophisticated performance with its sports bodykit-enhanced silhouette, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, and bi-Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) and automatic high beam.
Like the exterior, the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s interior evokes the twin themes of passion and premium performance typically the preserve of thoroughbred Italian supercars. The leather-wrapped surfaces throughout feature contrast stitching, along with aluminium and carbonfibre highlights.
The leather and Alcantara front sports seats are eight-way, electrically adjustable, and generously bolstered to help occupants withstand the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s prodigious cornering forces. Premium appointments include a Harmon Kardon 14-speaker sound system, and a bespoke 8.8-inch multimedia screen housing the entertainment system, satellite navigation and climate air-conditioning controls – easily accessed via a centrally mounted rotary dial.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was named Top Gear UK’s 2016 Car of the Year.
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia range will go on sale in Australia in February 2017. Full specification details and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.
The latest Alfa Romeo creation has been revealed, making its world premiere debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio premium mid-size SUV is the first crossover in the iconic Italian carmaker’s 105-year history. More than just a new SUV; the Stelvio will set new benchmarks in styling and performance when it arrives in Australia in 2018.
Designed and developed by Alfa Romeo in Italy, the Stelvio not only embodies the passion and spirit of Alfa Romeo’s proud history, it propels the Italian brand boldly into an exciting era of passion and performance. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps. This 20km pass boasts more than 75 bends and breathtaking views as it climbs to a dizzying 2758m, making it the highest mountain pass in Italy (second highest in Europe).
The 2018 Stelvio is the second of a new generation of Alfa Romeo vehicles built using a world-class architecture that epitomises the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, ensuring race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, cutting-edge technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience.
These characteristics alone guarantee that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be a standout in the premium mid-size SUV segment, delivering an exhilarating driving experience to thrill even the most accomplished drivers. The Stelvio crossover will be manufactured in the Cassino plant on a production line dedicated exclusively to the latest Alfa Romeo models – including the stunning Giulia, which launched the brand into a new era in 2015, with its revolutionary styling, sports handling and technology.
Stunning Alfa Romeo styling and clean contours
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a perfect blend of heritage, speed and beauty; and its magical alchemy forms an integral part of the brand's history, dating back more than a century. Achieving this mix, now as in the past, takes a talent for combining the three special ingredients of Italian design: proportion, simplicity and top-quality surfacing.
These same ingredients spawned the Giulia – the new Alfa Romeo benchmark and precursor of the brand's future – and have been comprehensively reworked to adapt them to the altogether different volume of a Sports Utility Vehicle. The Stelvio's proportions express strength, dynamism and compactness. It is just 4680mm long, 1650mm tall and 2160mm wide (including mirrors).
The side view confirms this impression, with an outline that suggests a compact car, starting at the front and developing towards the rear, and a cabin that ends on a steeply raked rear hatch, topped with an elegant spoiler for maximum aerodynamic performance – a crucial consideration on a car that packs this much punch.
The distinctly Alfa Romeo styling also finds expression in the high-quality surfacing, which involves creating rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes. The end-result is a sculptural shape, which on the flanks of the Stelvio, for example, gives rise to stark contrasts between the surfaces that catch the light and those that remain in shadow. Basically, the “musculature” of the car's sides accentuates its front and rear wings.
The Quadrifoglio version, unveiled in LA, features a body-coloured side-skirt with a carbon insert that accentuates the car's sporting character. These features, combined with the front and rear bumpers and powerfully styled wheel-arches all in the same colour, make the Stelvio Quadrifoglio more like a sports saloon than a traditional crossover in this segment.
The third aspect of Alfa Romeo style is the "simplicity" that masks one of the most complex creative processes in the industry: designing a car. Because styling has the job of concealing the long, complex task of creating simple, natural lines to highlight the shapely elegance and tasteful sophistication of Italian-made products. And this same approach pervades the entire history of Alfa Romeo design, which has always expressed itself through clean, taut lines.
That's why the Stelvio has such a strong identity, built around a few select features, like the cloverleaf front end, which is one of the most famous and recognisable hallmarks in automotive styling. The front end of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio also embodies a strong hint of power and aggression, thanks chiefly to the specific air vents for the intercoolers and the classic apertures around the shield-shaped grille, combined with ”sinewy” surfacing.
The back end of the Stelvio is instantly eye-catching too, because of the sporting appearance it gets from its lower portion, characterised by the four exhaust tips, and from the “Kamm tail” styling that gives the car a unique, unmistakeable character, while also paying tribute to Alfa Romeo's history – because this distinctive design also featured on some of its most prestigious performance-oriented models and competition cars.
The same sporting inspiration makes another appearance in the Stelvio crossover's clean, uncluttered, interior, which is totally driver-centric, as you can see from the grouping of all the controls on the small, direct steering wheel, designed to suit all driving styles.
The driver's position has been forged around the driver, with a diagonal tunnel and slightly undulating dashboard; and has been tailored with craftsmanship and premium materials: the carbon fibre, wood and fabrics have all been chosen for their visual and tactile appeal and assembled to give a palpable sense of human artistry.
Exhilarating performance from the 375kW 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo Petrol Engine
State-of-the-art, innovative engines are another hallmark of a genuine Alfa Romeo. That's why the Stelvio Quadrifoglio mounts a unique power plant in terms of both technology and performance: a 375kW 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol with 8-speed automatic transmission.
Drawing inspiration from Ferrari technologies and know-how, the six-cylinder BiTurbo petrol engine is made entirely of aluminium to reduce vehicle weight, especially over the front axle.
What's more, despite its phenomenal torque and horsepower, the BiTurbo Petrol is also incredibly efficient in terms of fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system. And like all Alfa Romeo's next-generation engines, the Stelvio QV’s BiTurbo petrol unit will, of course, deliver that distinctive Alfa Romeo engine note to complement the performance.
Lastly, the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is specifically calibrated to make gear changes in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. The transmission also features a lock-up clutch to give the driver a powerful feeling of in-gear acceleration once the gear is engaged.
Depending on the mode you set with the AlfaTM DNA Pro selector, the auto box optimises fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments, including around town, and further improves fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Steering-column-mounted, aluminium paddle shifters also feature as standard.
As well as this 375kW unit that's exclusive to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo has confirmed that the other engines in the Stelvio range will include the 206kW 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol with 8-speed automatic transmission. This is an all-aluminium four-cylinder unit that puts out 206kW at 5250rpm and maximum torque of 400Nm at 2250rpm. In addition to the MultiAir electrohydraulic valve actuation system, the distinctive features of this engine includee the "2-in-1" turbo system and the 200-bar high-pressure direct injection system, which deliver a particularly quick response to accelerator inputs across the rev range, plus first-class fuel-efficiency.
Innovative, exclusive technical solutions
In keeping with Alfa Romeo's technical traditions, electronic assistance must never be intrusive; it should facilitate the driving experience, which is exhilarating in itself thanks to the passionately and painstakingly designed chassis and suspension system.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio unveiled in Los Angeles confirms this philosophy, because it is structurally unique and engaging, but still offers numerous sophisticated systems to make the driving experience - which is already assured by the car's underlying technical excellence - even more exciting.
Alfa™ DNA Pro
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also equipped with the new Alfa DNA Pro selector, which modifies the car's dynamic response according to which mode the driver selects: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy-saving mode) and Race (ideal for maximum performance).
All-wheel drive with Q4 technology
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio mounts an innovative all-wheel drive system with Q4 technology, designed to manage drive distribution in real time, so as to deliver top-notch performance, efficiency and safety. To put it in a nutshell, the Q4 system on Alfa Romeo's new crossover provides all the advantages of all-wheel drive, plus good fuel economy, responsive performance and all the driving pleasure of a rear-wheel drive car.
The Q4 system's architecture includes an active transfer case and front differential designed to meet the specific technical requirements of Alfa Romeo, entailing the rapid-response management of high torque levels, with a compact, lightweight set-up. The transfer case makes use of advanced active clutch technology to deliver an outstandingly dynamic ride combined with good fuel economy. The next-gen integrated actuator delivers high response speed and precise torque distribution, in line with the selected Alfa DNA Pro drive mode setting.
The Q4 system continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution between the two axles according to what the car is doing and how much grip there is beneath the wheels. This technology can predict imminent loss of grip by processing the data it receives from the lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering-wheel angle and yaw sensors.
In normal conditions, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with Q4 system acts like a rear-drive vehicle, with 100 per cent of the torque sent to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transfers up to 60 per cent of the torque to the front axle via a dedicated transfer case.
To modulate torque distribution with the utmost speed, the system uses a high degree of mechanical over-slip (up to 2.5 per cent) between the two axles, which translates into class-leading control in terms of traction and directional stability when cornering.
Alfa™ Torque Vectoring
Combined with Q4 all-wheel drive for the first time, Alfa Romeo's Torque Vectoring technology optimises the Stelvio Quadrifoglio's drive distribution and accentuates its sporting character. The two clutches in the rear differential make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This means power is transferred to the ground more effectively, even when you drive the car to its dynamic limits. This makes the Stelvio safe and fun to drive at all times, without recourse to intrusive inputs from the stability control system.
Suspension system with exclusive AlfaLink™ technology
Up front, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a double wishbone system with semi-virtual steering axis, to optimise bump filtration and ensure quick, precise responses to steering inputs. By keeping the contact patch of the tyre constant when cornering, this exclusive Alfa Romeo set-up affords outstanding levels of lateral grip. Regardless of speed and conditions, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio always delivers a natural, instinctive drive.
The rear suspension uses a four-and-a-half link system – patented by Alfa Romeo – to deliver a winning combination of performance, driving pleasure and comfort. An electronically controlled damping system, furthermore, adapts to driving conditions instant by instant, enabling you to opt for more performance-biased or comfort-oriented handling.
Integrated Brake System (IBS) and carbon-ceramic discs
Having made its debut on the Giulia, Alfa Romeo's unique Integrated Brake System (IBS) is now in use on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. This innovative electromechanical system combines stability control with a traditional servo brake to deliver instantaneous brake response and hence record-breaking stopping distances, while also making a significant contribution to weight optimisation. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio's braking system comprises aluminium components and carbon-ceramic discs.
Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control
The AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system acts as the "brain" of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and coordinates all the car's electronic systems. It manages the operation of the various tech systems – such as the new Alfa™ DNA Pro selector, the Q4 all-wheel drive, the AlfaTM Torque Vectoring system, the active suspension and the ESC – and optimises performance and driving pleasure.
The CDC adapts the chassis geometry in real time, dynamically adjusting the mapping of the AlfaTM DNA Pro modes on the basis the acceleration and rotation data detected by the sensors. Critical situations are prevented and managed by informing the specific control units involved in the electronic system of the car in advance: chassis, powertrain, suspension system, braking system, steering, power steering and differential on curves.
Content developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli
As other models on the Alfa Romeo line-up, the Stelvio crossover fits a host of features developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli – from lighting devices to powertrain, suspensions and exhaust systems and the new Connect 3D Nav 8.8" Infotainment unit – as further confirmation of the consolidated and mutually profitable collaboration between Alfa Romeo and the well-known international leader in the design and manufacturing of high-tech automotive systems and components.
Perfect weight distribution and the ideal power-to-weight ratio
One of the primary objectives of the design of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was to achieve maximum driving pleasure. The key contributors to this are the perfect weight distribution between the two axles and an optimum power-to-weight ratio. The first of these required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the layout of Alfa Romeo's new crossover and locating all the heaviest components as centrally as possible.
The ideal power-to-weight ratio was achieved by using ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft and aluminium for the engine, suspensions, brakes, doors, wheel-arches and bonnet.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta will arrive in Australia in October, featuring a revised front-end styling that includes a striking new honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts (with red highlights on sporty models) and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The new look emphasises the Giulietta's close genetic links with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and is complemented by new badge designs (both the "Alfa Romeo" and "Giulietta" logos), new alloy wheel designs, revised tail pipes and new names across the range that return to the Giulietta's Italian roots.
Inside the new Giulietta there are revised seat upholsteries, dashboard and door panel finishes and, of course, the new Alfa Romeo logo on the steering wheel boss and upholstery (depending on version).
New names, same Italian style
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range now commences with the $29,900 (MSRP) Giulietta Super, powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine that generates 110kW and 250Nm, paired with a six-speed manual. The Super will hit 100km/h in 8.2secs, and has a top speed of 210km/h - all while using a combined 5.5L/100km.
Standard features include:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Dual-zone climate control
- Alfa DNA selector
- Rear parking sensors
- Halogen headlights
- Leather wrapped steering wheel and silver ball shift knob
- LED DRLs
- Honeycomb front grille with black front bumper insert
- Chrome fog light surrounds, chrome side window surround and front door handles
- Darkened headlamp cluster
- Body coloured mirrors
- Uconnect 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
The range continues to the $34,900 MSRP Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super TCT, powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine that generates 125kW and 250Nm, paired with a six-speed TCT automatic. The Super TCT will hit 100km/h in 7.7secs, and has a top speed of 218km/h. Fuel use is just 4.9L per 100kms combined.
Standard features include:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Front and rear parking sensors
- 6.5-inch UConnect touchscreen
- Halogen headlamps
- Leather-wrapped shift knob
- Alfa DNA selector
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- LED DRLs
- Honeycomb front grille with black front bumper insert
- Chrome fog light surrounds, chrome side window surround and front door handles
- Darkened headlamp cluster
- Body coloured mirrors
The new range now concludes with the $41,900 MSRP Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, powered by a 1.75-litre turbo engine that generates 177kW and 340Nm paired with a six-speed TCT transmission. The Veloce will hit 100km/h just 6.0secs and has a top speed of 244km/h. Fuel use is just 6.8L per 100km combined.
Standard features include:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Leather-and-Alcantara seats with integrated headrests
- Launch control
- Red Brembo front brake calipers
- Sports suspension
- 6.5-inch Connect touchscreen
- Alfa DNA selector
- Bi-Xenon headlamps
- Twin exhaust pipes
- Rear diffuser
- Flat-bottomed steering wheel
- LED DRLs
- Carbon-look headlight cluster
- Front and rear bumpers with Alfa Red pinstripe detail
- Dark gloss mirrors, door handles and fog light surrounds
- Sports pedals
The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta range will be available in Alfa Romeo dealerships across the country from October 1.
The complete range of the new Giulia, Alfa Romeo's most eagerly awaited model, has been presented to the international press at the Centro Sperimentale di Balocco (Vercelli). This event completes the car's début, following its starring role at the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese with the launch of the Quadrifoglio version – the supreme expression of the "La meccanica delle emozioni" concept – and the subsequent launch of the entire range at the Geneva International Motor Show 2016.
The new Giulia can already be ordered from showrooms across Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. For specific details and prices, please visit the local press sites. The range includes three trim levels (Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio) and several new engine versions, including: 2.2-litre Diesel with 150 HP and 180 HP combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic transmission; all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-litre, direct-injection turbo engine with eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo petrol engine combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Giulia features rear-wheel drive: this is a design choice that guarantees superior performance levels, loads of fun and a thrilling drive, and it is also a tribute to the most authentic traditions of the legendary Alfa Romeo.
Further particularities of the new Giulia include the outstanding weight distribution across the two axles, the suspension system featuring exclusive AlfaLink technology and the most direct steering in its segment. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (less than 3 in the Quadrifoglio version).
In keeping with Alfa Romeo traditions, the new Giulia offers unique technical solutions. The more sophisticated features include the Integrated Brake System (IBS) for considerably reducing braking distance - from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 m for the Giulia and in 32 m for the Quadrifoglio - and active suspension for exceptional comfort. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, the Torque Vectoring technology affords outstanding torque distribution between the two wheels on the rear axle, and the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter actively manages downforce at high speed.
In terms of style, the new Giulia stands out for it distinctive Italian design, which is expressed through an impeccable sense of proportions, based on the technical architecture, sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces, both inside and out. On the exterior, the new Giulia is statuesque and recalls a big cat just about to pounce, and the clean and essential interior is designed to envelop the driver, focusing on the latter entirely.
State-of-the-art, innovative engines
Design, technique and technology are distinguishing features of the new Giulia. What makes it a true Alfa Romeo however, according to tradition, are the hearts that beat beneath the bonnet. The 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo engine makes the Quadrifoglio version the most powerful Alfa Romeo for road use ever to have been built. What's more, all the engines in the range are part of an unprecedented generation of all-aluminium four-cylinder drive trains that embody the very best in the Group's motoring technology. They are made in Italy in the plants situated in Termoli (petrol) and Pratola Serra (diesel), in areas dedicated to Alfa Romeo engines, using state-of-the-art processes and methods which rank them at the top of their classes for performance and efficiency levels.
2.0-litre Petrol Engine
The new petrol engine fitted on the new Giulia has four cylinders in line and is made entirely of aluminium. This engine, which is equipped with MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, “Twin Scroll” turbocharger and direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system, boasts a particularly quick response to the accelerator commands throughout operation and considerably efficient consumption levels. Horsepower reaches 200 HP at 5,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1,750 rpm, paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.
2.2-litre Diesel Engine
The 2.2-litre diesel engine on the new Giulia is the first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo history to have been built entirely in aluminium. With four cylinders in line, this engine stands out for its latest-generation injection system with MultiJet II technology and Injection Rate Shaping (IRS), along with operating pressures of 2,000 bar. The electrically-operated variable geometry turbocharger offers state-of-the-art mechanics and minimises response times and at the same time guarantees benefits in terms of efficiency. The most sophisticated driving satisfaction and comfort levels are also guaranteed by the use of a balancing countershaft.
The new 2.2-litre Diesel engine is available in two versions, with a 180 HP power at 3,750 rpm (maximum torque of up to 450 Nm at 1,750 rpm) and 150 HP at 4,000 rpm (maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1,500 rpm). Both configurations can be combined with a manual six-speed gearbox or alternatively with the new eight-speed automatic transmission.
510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo Petrol Engine
Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, this is a unique engine in terms of technology and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand. Inspired by Ferrari technology and technical skills, the V6 BiTurbo petrol engine is entirely made of aluminium – to minimise the car's absolute weight, especially on the front axle – and it delivers 510 HP and a torque in excess of 600 Nm, for exhilarating performance: top speed of 307 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.
Among other things, although the horsepower and torque values are exceptional, the 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine is also best in class in terms of emission levels (198 g/km of CO2 with 6-speed manual gearbox) and it is surprisingly efficient in its consumption levels, thanks to the electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system.
Unique and exclusive technical solutions
In keeping with Alfa Romeo's technical traditions, the electronics should never be invasive, but merely assist the driving experience which is exhilarating in itself thanks to perfectly designed chassis and suspension system. The new Giulia is no different: it is structurally unique and exciting, but it does not forego the numerous and sophisticated safety systems, offered as standard or upon request depending on the trim level.
Alfa™ Torque Vectoring (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)
The Torque Vectoring technology, with a double clutch integrated in the rear differential, makes it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. In this way, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. So, the driving is safe and fun without ever running up against an invasive stability control system.
Integrated Brake System (IBS)
The new Giulia introduces in a worldwide preview the innovative IBS electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake. By successfully integrating electronics with mechanics, in addition to a significant optimisation of weight distribution, excellent feeling and total absence of pedal vibrations, the system guarantees instantaneous braking response for a record-breaking stopping distance: from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 metres for the Giulia and in 32 metres for the Quadrifoglio version.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) with pedestrian recognition
The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system is fitted as standard on all versions and, using a radar sensor and a camera built into the front windscreen, it detects the presence of any obstacles or vehicles on the car's trajectory, warning the driver of the risk of imminent collision. Should the driver fail to intervene, the Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) system automatically brakes to avoid impact or mitigate its consequences. What's more, thanks to the pedestrian recognition function, by interpreting the information sent by the radar and camera, the AEB is capable of stopping the car autonomously up to 65 km/h.
Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)
In addition to an excellent Cx (0.32), a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the Quadrifoglio version has the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter, a front carbon flap which actively manages downforce for superior aerodynamic load, for higher performance and better grip at high speed.
Alfa™ DNA and Alfa™ DNA Pro (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)
The new Giulia also fits the brand new Alfa™ DNA, which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an Alfa Romeo) and Race (only on the Quadrifoglio version).
Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (only on the Giulia Quadrifoglio)
Developed jointly with Magneti Marelli, the Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (CDC) technology acts like the car's "brains" and coordinates all the onboard electronics. The system manages the action of the various features – such as the renewed Alfa™ DNA Pro selector, the Alfa™ Torque Vectoring, the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter, the active suspension system and ESC – and assigns specific tasks of optimising performance and driving pleasure to each one.
More in detail, the CDC adapts the ride in real time making the Alfa™ DNA Pro mode mappings dynamic according to acceleration and rotation data detected by the sensors. Critical situations are prevented and managed by informing the specific control units involved in the electronic system of the car in advance: chassis, powertrain, suspension system, braking system, steering, power steering and differential on curves.
Suspension system with exclusive Alfa™Link technology
On the front, a new double track control arm suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the tyre footprint constant on corners and can tackle high lateral accelerations. In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia with the most direct steering ratio in its segment (11.8) is natural and instinctive. A four and a half track solution – patented by Alfa Romeo – ensuring top performance, driving satisfaction and comfort has been chosen for the rear axle.
8.8" Connect 3D Nav
The next-generation 8.8" Connect 3D Nav system on the new Giulia – developed jointly with Magneti Marelli – offers a sophisticated series of features and functions, including a next-generation HMI human-machine interface. The system is controlled by means of the Rotary Pad and by using the high resolution 8.8” display integrated in the dashboard. In addition, thanks to “optical bonding” technology, the user benefits from an excellent level of visualisation and readability on the display.
8.8" Connect 3D Nav is equipped with an advanced voice recognition system for complete connectivity with all mobile devices (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets with Apple iOS and Android operating systems). The next-generation infotainment system on the new Giulia not only allows you to manage the DAB digital radio and the digital Hi-FI audio system, but also allows you to use Bluetooth technology to make phone calls “hands free” and reproduce audio contents from a USB device or smartphone. Finally, the system implements navigation functions with high-resolution 3D maps.
The system is quick to calculate routes and can be used even if the GPS signal is missing by exploiting Dead Reckoning technology. It also displays driving system information regarding driving style as well as the type of ride relating to the Alfa™ DNA/ Alfa™ DNA Pro selector.
The passenger compartment of the new car offers the best in terms of quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style element: focus on the driver. Not by chance, all the main controls, including the start button, are incorporated in the steering wheel, while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa™ DNA selector and the infotainment system.
Instrument panel cluster
Depending on the trim levels, the 3.5” or 7” colour instrument panel cluster offers the driver all the essential information about the car. Organised over four screens, displayed information depends on the DNA mode selected by the driver and includes real-time driving readings, lateral acceleration, fuel consumption and gear shift suggestions.
Front and rear light clusters: a compendium of style excellence and technology
Made by Magneti Marelli in partnership with Alfa Romeo, the front and rear light clusters on the new Giulia are genuine design elements, accentuating the elegance, silhouette and personality of the car, identifying it at first glance. The LED rear light clusters enhance the rear end in a uniquely distinctive manner, while providing significant benefits in terms of safety thanks to quicker activation in the event of braking.
Design and ergonomics characterise the headlights, which are available in three different versions: halogen lamps or implementing next-generation Xenon technology with 25W and 35W module. The latter, fitted with high light tone lamp (equal to 4500°K), are capable of increasing the light flux and light diffusion with energy saving and night visibility which, in the case of the 35W module, increases by 200 per cent with respect to normal halogen headlights. Furthermore, the front light clusters guarantee greater safety: indeed, an obstacle can be seen at least one second earlier, which is equal to an advantage of 28 metres of braking distance when travelling at 50 km/h.
The 35W Xenon headlights implement AFS (Adaptive Frontlights System) technology which directs the beam of light towards the inside of corners for greater visibility. Lastly, the daylight running lights (DRL), cornering light, side lights and direction indicators use LED technology for better fuel efficiency and maximum performance.
Driving assist systems
The design concept behind the new Giulia envisages the driver at the very heart of the driving experience. The car assists the driver in this task in every way, offering the very best available technology to this end, for maximum peace of mind and driving safety. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system uses a radar sensor and a camera built into the front windscreen to warm the driver of any imminent impact with another vehicle or with an obstacle on the same trajectory as the car, warning or assisting the driver in avoiding collisions or attenuating the consequences. Should the driver fail to intervene, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system with pedestrian recognition automatically brakes to avoid the collision or reduce the consequences of the impact.
Lastly, the package of driving assist systems wouldn't be complete without the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) that detects unintentional lane changes and the Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) device (optional) that monitors the area around the car using sensors and assists the driver during lane changes and when overtaking.
Perfect weight distribution and the best weight-to-power ratio
One of the primary objectives at the heart of the design of the new Giulia was to achieve ultimate driving satisfaction. The key factors towards achieving this goal include the perfect weight distribution between the two axles and excellent weight-to-power ratio. The excellent weight distribution between the two axles required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible.
The ideal weight-to-power ratio was achieved by using ultralight materials. Carbon fibre was chosen for the propeller shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension system, brakes, doors, wheel arches and bonnet. The extensive use of ultralight materials led to an unladen weight of 1,374 kg for the 180 HP 2.2-litre diesel version. The reduced weight does not affect the excellent torsional rigidity that guarantees quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress.
The Quadrifoglio version with 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine has an unladen weight of 1,524 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of 2.99 kg/HP. These extraordinary results were achieved by extending the use of carbon fibre also to the roof, bonnet, front splitter and rear Nolder, and to the side inserts of the skirts, too.
The weight of the Quadrifoglio version can be further reduced using two components which are available upon request: carbon ceramic brake discs and Sparco seats with a carbon fibre rear structural frame.
Distinctive Italian design
The new Giulia, like every Alfa Romeo, springs from the perfect balance of heritage, speed and beauty making it the highest expression of Italian style in the automotive world. It incorporates all the distinguishing features of pure Italian style: an impeccable sense of proportions, simplicity and the superior surface quality finish, for an innovative design that is faithful to a universally approved tradition.
The proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car and are a direct consequence of the latter, while the stylistic details are sculpted from the car's mechanics. The new Giulia stands out for its very short overhangs, a long bonnet and long front wings, a retracted passenger compartment settled on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road. This silhouette is the result of the implementation of rear-wheel drive and of the engine and mechanical components, which are arranged between the two axles to better balance the masses.
All this translates into a very generous wheelbase – the longest in its category – contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. In addition, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a "drop-shaped" profile which is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
A second aspect of the Italian style is "simplicity" which is capable of enshrouding what is in fact one of the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. Indeed, it is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line which enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste. Alfa Romeo design has always been expressed by means of clean, streaming streaks. For this reason, the new Giulia boasts a strong identity drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, the most famous, recognisable style element in automotive history.
Another characteristic trait is quality, which satisfies both sight and touch, and creates rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes of the car. On the exterior, the shape of the new Giulia is statuesque, recalling a big cat just about to pounce. New liveries also emphasise the silhouette: three pastel colours, White, Black and Alfa Red, and eight metallic colours: Vulcano Black, Silverstone Grey, Lipari Grey, Stromboli Grey, Vesuvio Grey, Imola Titanium, Montecarlo Blue and Monza Red. Moreover, there are two exclusive three-coat colours which are available for the Quadrifoglio version: Trofeo White and Competizione Red.
An essential component in the design of the new Giulia, which inspired its design, is the driver. The interior of the car focuses on driving satisfaction in a clean and essential way: the presence of non-invasive technology can be perceived among the instruments which pivot around the driver. The tunnel is diagonal, the dashboard slightly undulated and the steering wheel, which groups together all the main controls, is small and straightforward, suitable for any driving style. The whole package is framed by the fines materials, picked for their tactile and visual impact and assembled with hand-crafted care.
In most regions, the range of the new Giulia includes three trim levels (Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio) and five new engine versions: 2.2-litre Diesel with 150 HP and 180 HP combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic transmission, and the 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Below is a description of the new Giulia range based on EMEA specification.
The entry trim level of the new Giulia includes a rather comprehensive standard equipment supply. The most salient standard equipment includes new efficient active safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, the Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and cruise control with speed limiter. Rounding out the trim level are the styling and functional features, such as 16'' alloy wheel rims, dual-zone climate control, Alfa™ DNA and Infotainment System with Connect 6.5" display.
The full package of standard equipment on the Giulia trim level is supplemented on the Super version with exclusive interior and exterior features: fabric and leather upholstery in three colours, specific interior finishes and 17” alloy wheel rims. The top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio trim level adds functional and styling contents to the standard equipment, enhancing its sophistication and sporty feel: these include leather and Alcantara upholstered sports seats, sports steering wheel with red ignition button, carbon fibre inserts for the interior and aerodynamic exterior spoilers, comfort and safety features that also include BSM (Blind Spot Monitoring) technology and rear camera as well as 35W Xenon headlights with AFS technology.
In addition, it features technical gear designed specifically to maximise dynamic performance: the Alfa™ Active Aero Splitter system, the dedicated braking system, the Alfa™ DNA Pro selector with Race mode that communicates with the Alfa™ Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system, and Alfa™ Torque Vectoring.
To allow for additional enhancement, features available on demand include the Sport Pack, the Driver Assistance Pack and the Business Pack. The Sport Pack completes the Super version by adding sports steering wheel with added grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, and Bi-Xenon headlights. The Driver Assistance Pack, which is available on the Giulia and Super versions, supplements the standard driver assistance pack with rear camera featuring dynamic parking lines and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). The Business Pack completes the standard equipment supplied on the Giulia and Super versions with the 6.5" Connect Nav system.
Mopar for the new Giulia
Mopar, the reference brand for accessories, services, Customer Care and original spare parts for the FCA brands, offers about 80 accessories that will satisfy the aesthetic, functional and safety needs of Alfa Romeo's customers, who have always been looking for a product that maximises the concepts of sportiness and elegance at the same time.
Some of the distinguishing elements are made of carbon fibre, such as the front V-shaped radiator grille, the mirror covers, the gear lever knob and the illuminated kick plates that, in addition to adding character and lightness, well-emphasise the "racing" spirit of the new Giulia. Another of the elements designed to add even more personality to the already sporty lines of the car is the aerodynamic kit, consisting of front aerodynamic profile, side skirts and rear aerodynamic extractor. Embellishing the car even further are the customised puddle lights with LED projector, the key covers available in the three-layer car colours (white or red), the valve caps with Alfa Romeo logo, the aluminium oil and fuel caps, the alloy rims specially developed and available in the three sizes of 17 ", 18" and 19".
Practicality enhanced by other accessories goes hand-in-hand with the "racing" spirit: the handy folding container for the luggage compartment, the protective semi-rigid tub for the loading compartment and the passenger compartment mats made of elegant plastic to better protect the car and keep it clean. Then of course there are the towing hook and roof bars so that different transport solutions can be used, such as the roof box, ski carrier, windsurf board carrier, kayak carrier and bike carrier.
Completing the collection is a number of active and passive safety devices such as the alarm, parking sensors, anti-theft wheel bolts, battery tender and the tested and approved child's seats to ensure safety and comfort at the highest levels.
The new Giulia is no exception. In particular, the proportions are based on the technical architecture of the entire car: for Alfa Romeo the key elements were the weight balance and rear wheel drive. In order to balance the weight perfectly, the engine and the mechanical parts are arranged between the two axles. This is why the Giulia has very short overhangs, a long bonnet and front wings, a retracted passenger compartment “settled” on the drive wheels and muscular rear wings which visually mark the point where power is unleashed onto the road.
All this translates into a very generous wheelbase – the longest in its category – contained in one of the most compact bodies. These proportions draw the dynamic shape of an ellipsis in plan view. In addition, the rounded angles and the enveloping pillars convey momentum to the car creating a “drop-shaped” profile which is reminiscent of the Giulietta Sprint, one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
A second aspect of the Italian style is “simplicity” which enshrouds what is in fact one of the most complex creative processes in industry: designing a car. Indeed, it is up to style to conceal the long, complex work behind a simple, natural line which enhances elegant shapes and sophisticated Italian taste.
Alfa Romeo design has always been expressed by means of clean, streaming streaks. For this reason, the new Giulia boasts a strong identity drawn in few simple strokes: a line gouged along the sides which marks the doors and envelops the handles and, naturally, the legendary trefoil nose, possibly the most famous, recognisable style element in automotive history. Finally, Italian style is characterised by a high quality surface finish which means creating rich, harmonious reflections across the volumes. The end result is the new Giulia, a statuesque shape reminiscent of a big cat just about to spring. The same inspiration is found inside the car. Everything is clean, essential and pivots around the driver, like the controls grouped on the small, direct steering wheel designed to adapt to all driving styles.
The driver's position was “cut” like a fabric with a diagonal tunnel, a slightly undulated dashboard and cleverly oriented instruments which convey the impression of a tailor-made suit with hand-crafted care and premium materials chosen for their visual and tactile pleasantness and assembled to make the human touch visible.
A defining characteristic of the new Giulia is the astute management of weights and materials to obtain a perfect distribution across the two axles. This is fundamental to ensure the typical Alfa Romeo driving satisfaction which was reached by tweaking the layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible. The suspensions are as essential for ride optimisation as weight distribution. In particular, the layout implemented for the Giulia envisages an exclusive double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis at the front and a 4.5-link suspension with a solution for toe adjustment (Alfa Romeo patent) for the rear axle.
To obtain an excellent weight-to-power ratio, the new Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance and ample use of ultralight materials such as carbon fibre – for the driveshaft – or aluminium – for the engine and suspensions (including front domes and front and rear frames). Furthermore, the rear crossmember is made of aluminium composite and plastic.
The end result is a dry weight of 1,374 kg for the 180 HP 2.2-litre diesel version. In addition, despite all this weight optimisation, the car boasts an excellent torsional rigidity to guarantee quality over time, acoustic comfort and handling even in conditions of extreme stress. In the Quadrifoglio version, the use of ultralight materials has been extended to other components of the bodywork too: carbon fibre for the bonnet, roof, front splitter, rear Nolder and body inserts; aluminium for doors and wheel arches. Furthermore, the braking system was tweaked using aluminium elements and carbon ceramic discs (optional) and the seats have a carbon fibre structural frame (optional). A dry weight of 1,524 kg was therefore achieved, with an ensuing weight-to-power ratio of less than 3.
State-of-the-art engines are another characterising element of a genuine Alfa Romeo. For this reason, the new Giulia range comprises — in addition to the 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo available in the Quadrifoglio version — an unprecedented generation of petrol engines, and a 4-cylinder diesel engine, that represent the state-of-the-art technology and ranks them at the top of their category for performance and efficiency. All engines in the range are manufactured in Italy at the plants in Termoli (petrol engines) and Pratola Serra (diesel engines) in areas dedicated to Alfa Romeo engines, with cutting-edge processes..
2.0-litre Petrol Engine
The new petrol engine fitted on the Giulia has four in line cylinders and is made entirely of aluminium. The particular features of this engine, in addition to the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve actuator system, include the “2-in-1” turbocharger and the direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system, which translate to a particularly quick response to the accelerator commands throughout operation and efficient consumption levels. The configuration envisages 200 HP at 5,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1,750 rpm, and it is paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.
2.2-litre Diesel Engine
The first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo’s history made entirely of aluminium was devised for the diesel versions of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. With four cylinders in line, this engine stands out for its latest-generation MultiJet II injection system with Injection Rate Shaping (IRS) and operating pressures of 2,000 bar. The state-of-the-art variable geometry turbocharger with electric actuator minimises response times and at the same time guarantees benefits in terms of efficiency. The balancing countershaft offers the most comfortable driving experience.
Two versions are available, with 180 HP at 3,750 rpm (maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1,750 rpm) and 150 HP at 4,000 rpm (380 Nm at 1,500 rpm) respectively. For both configurations – teamed with rear-wheel drive – the new 8-speed automatic transmission is available or, alternatively, the six-speed manual gearbox.
510 HP 2.9-litre BiTurbo Petrol Engine
Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, this is a unique engine in terms of technology and performance, destined to become the new benchmark of the brand. Inspired by Ferrari technology and technical skills, the six-cylinder BiTurbo petrol engine is entirely made of aluminium – to minimise the car's absolute weight, especially on the front axle – and it delivers 510 HP and a torque in excess of 600 Nm, for exhilarating performance: top speed of 307 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.
Among other things, although the horsepower and torque values are exceptional, the 510 HP 2.9-litre BiTurbo petrol engine is also best in class in terms of emission levels (198 g/km of CO2 with 6-speed manual gearbox) and it is surprisingly efficient to run, thanks to the electronically-controlled cylinder disabling system.
As a further expression of the Alfa Romeo engineering culture, the design, the build and the choice of materials of the chassis and the suspensions are always perfect. As a consequence, it was decided that electronics should only be used to make the driving experience guaranteed by excellent basic mechanics even more exhilarating. This is demonstrated by the multiple sophisticated systems which, depending on the trim levels of the new Giulia, are offered as standard or on request.
Thanks to its double clutch, the Torque Vectoring technology allows the rear differential to control torque delivery separately to each wheel. In this manner, power transmission to the road is improved also in low grip conditions. Therefore, the driving is safe and fun without ever having running up against an invasive stability control system.
The new Alfa Romeo car introduces in a worldwide preview the innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake. This way, in addition to providing the all-important weight optimisation and reduced pedal vibrations, an instantaneous brake response is guaranteed, and consequent record-breaking stopping distances: from 100 km/h to 0 in 38.5 metres for the Giulia and 32 metres for the Quadrifoglio version.
This system, standard across all versions, automatically slows or brakes the car to avoid an imminent crash. Specifically, the device uses a radar sensor and a camera integrated in the rear windscreen to detect the presence of any obstacles or vehicles, warning the driver of the risk of imminent collision. If the driver does not take action, the system automatically activates the brakes to avoid impact or reduce the consequences. In addition, the Autonomous Emergency Brake System on the Giulia interprets information from the radar and camera together, in order to activate the brake system also when pedestrians cross in front of the vehicle.
Together with an excellent Cx (0.32), a perfect balance of forces on corners and downforce behaviour, the Quadrifoglio version has Active Aero Splitter, a front system which actively manages downforce for higher performance and better grip at high speed.
The new Giulia also fits a new Alfa DNA selector, which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy efficiency mode implemented for the first time on an Alfa Romeo) and Race (only on Giulia Quadrifoglio).
Developed jointly with Magneti Marelli, the Chassis Domain Control (CDC) technology is the car's “brains” and coordinates all the onboard electronics. The system manages the action of the various features – such as the renewed DNA Pro selector, the Torque Vectoring, the Active Aero Splitter, the active suspensions and the ESC – and assigns specific tasks of optimising performance and driving pleasure to each one. In detail, the CDC adapts the ride in real time making each DNA Pro mapping dynamic according to acceleration and rotation data detected by the sensors. Critical solutions are prevented and managed by informing the specific control units involved in the electronic system of the car in advance: chassis, powertrain, suspensions, braking system, steering, power steering and differential on curves.
On the front, a new double wishbone suspension with semi-virtual steering axis was developed to optimise the filtering effect and guarantee rapid, accurate steering. This Alfa Romeo exclusive keeps the constant caster trail on corners and can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always-perfect footprint. In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia with the most direct steering ratio on the market segment (11.8) is natural and instinctive. The four suspension arm solution on the rear axle – patented by Alfa Romeo – ensures top performance, driving pleasure and comfort.
The 8.8” Connect Nav 3D system on the Alfa Romeo Giulia – developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli – offers a sophisticated series of features and functions, including a next-generation HMI human-machine interface. The system is controlled by means of the Rotary Pad and by using the 8.8” high-resolution display integrated in the dashboard. In addition, thanks to “optical bonding” technology, the user benefits from an excellent level of visualisation and readability on the display.
Connect 3D Nav is equipped with an advanced voice recognition system for complete connectivity with all mobile devices (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets with Apple iOS and Android operating systems). In addition to allowing phone calls using the Bluetooth connection in hands-free mode, the infotainment system plays audio contents from USB device and smartphone by means of Bluetooth technology, in addition to managing the DAB digital radio and the Hi-Fi digital audio. Finally, the system implements navigation functions with high-resolution 3D maps. The system is quick to calculate routes and can be used even if the GPS signal is missing by exploiting Dead Reckoning technology. It also allows updating of the TomTom maps via USB and view driving system information regarding driving style and the display of the type of ride linked to the Alfa DNA/Alfa DNA Pro selector.
The passenger compartment of the new car offers the best in terms of quality, safety, equipment and comfort with a specific, profoundly Alfa Romeo style element: the centrality of the driver. Not by chance, all the main controls, including the start button, are incorporated in the steering wheel while the human-machine interface consists of two simple, user-friendly knobs for adjusting the Alfa DNA selector and the 8.8” Connect 3D Nav infotainment system.
Depending on the trim levels with 3.5'' or 7'' colour display, the device fitted behind the driving wheel offers the driver all the essential information about the car. Organised in four screenshots, the visible contents depend on the DNA mode selected by the driver and offer lateral acceleration and fuel consumption readings as well as suggested gear changes.
The sophisticated Sound Theatre system by Harman Kardon, which satisfies the desire for superior, detail-rich audio output, is débuting on Alfa Romeo Giulia. The heart of the system is a 900 W 12-channel class D amplifier which secures high performance but is compact at the same time. The amplifier distributes clear sound through a system of 14 speakers inside the car for superior listening quality. Logic 7® technology is used to obtain a surround effect from 5.1 different high-resolution sources and harmoniously uniform stereo playback. With this sound system, occupants can experience the premium quality for which Harman Kardon is famed.
Made by Magneti Marelli in partnership with Alfa Romeo, the front and rear light clusters on the new Giulia reinforce the stylish design and ergonomic silhouette of the car, identifying it at first glance. Specifically, the LED rear light clusters enhance the rear end in a uniquely distinctive manner, in addition to providing significant benefits in terms of safety thanks to quicker activation in the event of braking compared to a traditional light bulb.
Similarly, design and ergonomics characterise the headlights, which are available in three different versions: halogen lamps or implementing latest-generation Xenon technology with 25W and 35W module, fitted with high light tone lamp (equal to 4500°K), capable of increasing the light flux and light diffusion with energy saving and night visibility which, in the case of the 35W module, increases by 200 per cent with respect to normal halogen headlights. Furthermore, they guarantee greater safety because an obstacle can be seen at least one second earlier, which is equal to an advantage of 28 metres of braking distance when travelling at 50 km/h.
The 35W Xenon headlights use AFS technology (Adaptive Front-lighting System) to redirect the light beam while cornering and improve visibility. Lastly, the daylight running lights (DRL), cornering light, side lights and direction indicators use LED technology for better fuel efficiency and maximum performance.
The new Giulia features the very best in terms of driving assistance currently on the market. Just consider the multiple sensors fitted throughout the car to guarantee more peace of mind and a safer drive. This is demonstrated by the Forward Collision Warning that detects whether the Giulia is approaching another vehicle or an obstacle on the same trajectory too quickly and it warns or assists the driver to avoid impact or attenuate the consequences. What's more, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system, complete with pedestrian detection, monitors the area at the front of the car to avoid collisions with pedestrians on the vehicle's path.
In addition, the new Giulia features Adaptive Cruise Control (optional, available in the second half of the year) which reduces the speed set when the vehicle approaches another vehicle in the same lane or when another vehicle joins the lane it is travelling on. The system goes back to the speed set when the vehicle in front accelerates or moves to another lane. Lastly, the package of driving assist systems wouldn't be complete without the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) that detects unintentional lane changes and the Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM) device (optional) that assists the driver during lane changes and when overtaking or being overtaken by vehicles hidden from view.
At the Geneva International Motor Show the new Giulia range, comprising the Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio, will be unveiled.
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 all the functional and aesthetic features which enhance an elegant, sporty appearance: amongst which are highlighted the 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 with AFS technology. In addition, specific technical features included are designed to maximise dynamic performance: the Active Aero Splitter system, dedicated brake system, 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.
More than 60 years after the launch of the original Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint - a car famed for both its stunning looks and accessibility – the iconic nameplate is back for 2015. FCA Australia has announced the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint will join the local line-up, offering Alfa Romeo buyers a modern take on an Italian classic, and a vehicle with the style, street presence and performance expected of this legendary name plate. Like the original Giulietta Sprint, the new version is also powered by an engine of less than 1,400cc in capacity, but for 2015 it is equipped with MultiAir valve management and an intercooled turbocharger to boost its power output to more than twice that of the original Sprint's 1.3-litre twin-cam engine.
The new 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engine produces 110kW and 250Nm of torque, and can propel the new Giulietta Sprint from 0-100km/h in just 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h, while its combined-cycle fuel efficiency figure is just 5.7L/100km, and its CO2 emissions are just 131g/km.
Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression, the new Sprint also comes equipped with a number of other unique features, including new 17-inch, five-hole design alloy wheels; special badging on the front fender; carbon-effect door panels and dashboard surround; a sports, leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and new seats with cloth and Alcantara-upholstery, red stitching and "Sprint" logo embroidered into the headrests. Sprint enhancements also include sports rear bumper side skirts and dark-tinted windows. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint in available in limited numbers now, and is priced at just $31,000 (MSRP).
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Standard Equipment:
- New 17-inch, five-hole alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres
- Cloth & Alcantara seats with "Sprint" logo, height adjustable on driver's side
- Alfa D.N.A. (Vehicle's dynamic control switch)
- Uconnect five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, voice commands, SMS reader, USB port, music streaming and six speakers
- Black window surrounds and dark-tinted windows
- Darkened headlight surrounds and front fog lamps with dark anthracite bezels
- Dark Anthracite exterior finishing on the grille, mirrors and door handles
- LED Daytime Running Lights and LED rear light clusters
- Electric windows front and rear plus electrically heated and adjustable body-coloured mirrors
- Rear spoiler and Sports rear diffuser with oversized exhaust trim
- Body-coloured bumpers and side skirts
- Sports instruments with white illumination, multifunctional display and trip computer
- Carbon effect dashboard and door panels plus darkened interior headlining
- Sports leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and remote controls
- Floor mats with red stitching
- ABS, ASR, EBD, EBA + Hill Holder, Tyre pressure monitoring system and Electronic Q2 differential
- 6 Airbags - driver, passenger, front side & window with front passenger deactivation
- Remote central locking with deadlocks, immobiliser and alarm
- Sprint badge
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 1.4 MultiAir 110kW
Layout, cylinders, capacity
In-line transverse 4-cyl 1,368cc
Bore × stroke
110kW @ 5,500 rpm
250Nm at 2,500 rpm
Timing system (control)
Toothed belt, hydraulic tappets, MultiAir intake system
MPFI turbo-charging, MultiAir direct valve control system, intercooler
Front, Manual six-speed
Max. towable braked/unbraked
500 / 1,300 kg
Urban cycle MPG
131 g/km (Euro 6)
The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta has arrived in Australia. The styling revisions for the new Giulietta have been carefully considered, and include all-new interiors, revised exteriors and award-winning powertrains. The Giulietta’s stylish interior has received major technology enhancements, with the new 5.0- or 6.5-inch (with Navigation) touchscreen taking pride of place in the redesigned, high-quality dashboard, with the associated USB/Aux ports now relocated to a more convenient position in the centre console. The all-new Uconnect system, fitted as standard across the entire Alfa Romeo Giulietta range, is operated via a 5.0-inch touchscreen or using voice commands and includes Bluetooth connectivity, wireless music streaming and hands-free SMS reading. Giulietta models fitted with satellite navigation benefit from a larger 6.5-inch screen, intelligent route guidance and a one-step destination entry function with voice command. Both systems have been developed in collaboration with first-class partners: Harman and Here Auto for Uconnect 6.5" and Continental for Uconnect 5".
New door trim panels and a sporty new steering wheel design that incorporates the Alfa Romeo ‘Shield’ bring improved quality and more style to the cabin, while the redesigned seats – available in leather trim with heating - not only exude Italian craftsmanship, but are also more comfortable and more enveloping. Extensively revised sound insulation also provides a quieter and more relaxed driving environment. Exterior design revisions include a new front grille design featuring the Alfa Romeo ‘V’, revised front fog light bezels, new 16-inch alloy wheel designs and three new exterior colours (Moon White, Anodized Blue and Bronze) to further enhance its stunning looks. Two engines will be offered, depending on trim level. The Giulietta Progression is equipped with Alfa Romeo’s 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 88kW @ 5000rpm and 215Nm @ 2500rpm while sipping just 6.4 litres per hundred kilometres and generating 148g C02 per kilometre. Proving performance can be efficient, the punchy powerplant will propel the Giulietta to 100km/h in just 9.2secs and push on to a top speed of 194km/h. The Giulietta Progression is paired with a slick six-speed manual gearbox.
The Giulietta Distinctive is powered by Alfa Romeo’s award-winning 1.4-litre MultiAir engine which offers uncompromised performance and impressive efficiency. Generating 125kW @ 5,500rpm and 250Nm @ 2,500rpm, the Giulietta Distinctive rockets to 100km/h in just 7.6secs and on to a top speed of 217km/h. And it does it all while sipping just 5.7 litres per hundred kilometres and emitting just 131g of CO2 per kilometer. The Giulietta Distinctive can be paired with a six-speed manual or smoothshifting six-speed TCT transmission. Regardless of engine choice, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta driver always has the option of customising their car's driving character using the standard Alfa DNA driving selector, allowing them to find the ideal blend of comfort, performance, safety and efficiency for the prevailing conditions.
Built on Alfa Romeo's most advanced architecture with a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, the 2014 Alfa Giulietta provides not only one of the most enjoyable driving experiences in its class, it's also one of the safest cars on the road. In addition to VDC traction control, six airbags, three-point seat belts with double pretensioner, an anti-whiplash system and a third load line for excellent passenger compartment protection, the Giulietta is also fitted with the Alfa DNA driving selector and electronic Q2 differential - the system which allows torque to be transferred to the outer wheel when cornering, to prevent understeer at the front, with traction, safety and driveability benefits.
The Giulietta also features DST (which prompts drivers to apply the correct steering input in the event of an emergency through impulses at the wheel) and a pre-fill system which arms the brakes for emergency braking situations when it senses the driver may be losing control of the vehicle. As a further safety measure for 2014, a tyre pressure monitoring system is also now standard across the Alfa Romeo Giulietta range. The Giulietta earned five stars in crash tests according to the strict parameters introduced by Euro NCAP from its launch, scoring 97% for adult passenger protection, one of the highest scores in the category.
New standard equipment on the Progression model includes
- 5.0-inch touchscreen with Uconnect infotainment system with steering wheel controls and Bluetooth connectivity
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- New steering wheel design that incorporates Alfa 'Shield'
- Cutting-edge sound-proofing across the vehicle
- Newly designed seats that offer more support and comfort
- New seat fabrics with matching dashboard, door and central tunnel inserts
- Rear-parking sensors
This is in addition to the carry over features from the already well-equipped Progression, including:
- Five-star safety
- Automatic headlights and wipers
- Alfa Romeo DNA driving selector
- Rear electric windows
- LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights
- VDC stability control and Alfa Romeo's electronic Q2 differential
New standard equipment on the Distinctive model includes:
- Exclusive 16-inch turbine-design alloy wheels and chrome-effect mirrors
- 5.0-inch screen (can be optioned with 6.5-inch Nav system)
- Front and rear parking sensors
- New supple leather seats with heating, memory function and electrical adjustment as standard
- Electric folding side mirrors
- New steering wheel design that incorporates Alfa ‘Shield’ and new rear arm rest
- Cutting edge sound-proofing across the vehicle
- Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, chrome-rimmed foglights
- Automatic headlights and wipers
This is in addition to the carry over features from the already well-equipped Distinctive, including:
- Alfa Romeo dual-zone automatic climate control with rear airducts
- Chrome DLO (side window) surround
- Five-star safety
- Alfa Romeo DNA driving selector
- LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights
- VDC stability control and Alfa Romeo's electronic Q2 differential
Prices for the 2015 Alfa Romeo Giulietta start at $29,000 (MSRP) for the Progression trim level, and $33,000 (MSRP) for Distinctive trim level.