Alfa Romeo has revealed the full Giulia range at the Geneva motor show

The full Alfa Romeo Giulia range has been revealed at the Geneva motor show.

Read our review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 MultiJet 180 Super

While the flagship Quadrifoglio version of the car, which features a Ferrari-derived 3.0-litre V6 with 503bhp, made its debut last year, this is the first time that full details of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE rival have been available.

Read our first drive of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio here

Besides the Quadrifoglio model, three engines will be available in the Giulia. These are a 197bhp /243lb ft turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol, which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Read our review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 MultiAir

Next are two 2.2-litre diesels, the most powerful of which produces 178bhp and 332lb ft of torque. It’s capable of emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 in ‘Eco’ specification. The other diesel comes with 148bhp and 280lb ft. Both engines can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or the eight-speed auto 'box.

All models will be rear-wheel drive as standard, but all-wheel drive will be available on some models. Alfa Romeo says the car has a perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and features multi-link suspension at the rear and double wishbones at the front.

The Giulia has an unladen weight of 1374kg in 178bhp 2.2-litre diesel form.

Alfa Romeo says that electronic aids on the Giulia are used only to make the driving experience more exciting. For example, the new integrated braking system mixes the traditional stability control setup with a servo brake, reducing weight and vibrations through the pedal.

Other safety and assistance systems include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, optional adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

Drivers can choose from three driving modes via Alfa’s DNA drive selector. In addition, range-topping Quadrifoglio models get a Race option.

The five-seat cabin features an 8.8in infotainment system, controlled via a rotary pad on the centre console. The system features compatibility for Apple and Android devices, Bluetooth and satellite navigation. Depending on specification, the Giulia gets either a 3.5in or 7.0in colour display as part of the instrument cluster.

Buyers can choose from three trim levels, dubbed Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio, and two packs, dubbed Lusso and Sport – although final UK trim levels and specifications are still being decided.

In entry-level Giulia form, the car sits on 16-inch alloy wheels, and receives LED rear lights, a fabric interior, 3.5in TFT driver’s information screen, 6.5in infotainment screen and a leather steering wheel. Super models add 17-inch alloys, twin exhaust pipes and part-leather seats.

The Quadrifoglio range-topper gets a far more aggressive look and a large 8.8in infotainment screen. Personalisation packs bring features such as wheel-mounted paddle shifters, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors and electric front seats.

Alfa Romeo says the new Giulia “embodies the core elements which have made Alfa Romeo one of the world's best-loved automotive brands; distinctive Italian design; innovative powertrains, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and the best weight-to-power ratio".

Alfa has yet to release any pricing for the Giulia, only saying that it will be priced competitively against its rivals. Given that the BMW 3 Series starts at £25,160 and the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are priced at £25,900 and £27,665 respectively, expect a starting price of around £26,000 for the Giulia.

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We're very impressed by Alfa's hot new Quadrifoglio Giulia, but here we've driven the one you're more likely to buy: the 178bhp diesel

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1 March 2016

Personally prefer the Giulia without some of the fussier details of the QV. I hope the car lives up to the hype when the first road test comes. Is 1374kg light for a diesel car of this size?

2 March 2016

1374 kg would be a sensationally low weight for a diesel car of this class. It would make the Giulia over 10% lighter than any of its competitors. The equivalent Jaguar XE, for instance, would be 176kg heavier. In fact, it would make the Giulia pretty much the same weight as a Giulietta. Of course, the operative word here is "would".

2 March 2016

The above article quotes an "unladen weight" and not kerb weight.

The Alfa Romeo Press Release states:

"The end result is a dry weight of 1,374 kg for the 180 HP 2.2-litre diesel version... In the Quadrifoglio version... A dry weight of 1,524 kg..."

Il cuore ha sempre ragione.

3 March 2016

Ah yes the "dry weight" i.e. devoid of fuel, oil, other sundry fluids and even windscreen washer water. Why is it that only the Italians furnish this most misleading of statistics? Could it be because the Giulia has missed its weight targets, having also missed its impact and handling targets?

3 March 2016
gussy51 wrote:

Personally prefer the Giulia without some of the fussier details of the QV. I hope the car lives up to the hype when the first road test comes.

I do, too, I think it looks more cohesive without the sporty add-ons. I think it's an attractive car but not beautiful in the same way that the Jaguar XE is good-looking but rather safe. I think both the Giulia and XE are ahead of the Germans in the style stakes, though. The Audi's generic, the BMW's same again styling is getting dull and the Mercedes has some rather awkward angles.

wmb

1 March 2016

...that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as superlative as the Giulia's top model is to look upon, to me, I do not think Alfa Romeo did them selves any favors by taking so long to introduce the down to Earth, every day man's version of the car. As nice as the standard editions of the car are, having shown off the fire breather so long ago, when you see the regular ones it seems like they're missing something, IMHO. Perhaps if they had introduced them all at the same time or the pedestrian versions first, there might not seem, to me any way, as big a jump from the one on steroids to the average that uses multi vitamins. The main thing is that it's here and I'm sure with it's Ferrari magic dust sprinkled upon it, it'll be a wonderful car no matter which version you get behind the wheel of.

cpt

1 March 2016

It's just been revealed in the Geneva presser that all engine variants, both gas and diesel, will receive either the 8-speed auto or 6-speed manual options. Also, the base 2.0 gas engine will output 200HP, with a 280HP version coming later in the year. First EU deliveries starting in June. Looking forward to the road tests.

1 March 2016

Still looks great to me! Glad it works in the regular versions as well as the QV

1 March 2016

I just can't get excited about the look of this car. It has bits of all sorts in there, and ends up looking like nothing in particular.

3 March 2016
catnip wrote:

I just can't get excited about the look of this car. It has bits of all sorts in there, and ends up looking like nothing in particular.

I'm with you. An Infiniti Q50 (if you can find one) and the 'grower' XE are far more elegant. The IS Lexus is very distinctive (although not my cup of tea) and if I had to play it humdrum safe, I quite like the new C class (but it looks dreadfully blancmange like on small wheels and the wrong colour).

Ahh but wait it is an Alfa so it is pre judged to be oh so beautiful. Looks dam right bulbous and over inflated from the front end, handsome from the rear three quarter.

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