Alfa Romeo has revealed some key information to their soon-to-arrive Giulia sedan, the car FCA Australia will stir up a fight with the compact premium saloon mainstays like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4.
It’s official local premiere is earmarked for February 2017 but the Italian marque is giving would-be customers earlier access to exactly what sort of Giulia they can expect in two months time. The rear-driven four-door saloon will make landfall in four variants, comprising of the base Giulia, mid-tier Giulia Super, brisker Giulia Veloce and the white hot 375kW Giulia QV (Quadrifoglio Verde).
Mind you, prices haven’t yet been revealed. Leaving that to one side, we kick off with the entry-level car featuring a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 147kW and 330Nm of torque that’s pokey enough to urge it to 100km/h from a standstill in an impressive 6.6 seconds, all while claiming to sip just 6.0-litres/100km over a combined cycle.
That ‘base’ performance also comes with a generous amount of standard kit, including 18-inch alloys, leather interior and seats, dual zone climate control, satellite navigation via a 6.5 inch UConnect infotainment system with an 8-speaker audio system, bi-Xenon headlamps, keyless start, idle-stop, cruise control, rain-sensing automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera.
The Giulia also comes with a full suite of standard safety tech such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and something Alfa terms as an ‘Integrated Brake System’.
Stepping up to the better equipped Giulia Super and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is called to action and is likely to be a favourite for long commuters with fuel efficiency rated at just 4.2-litres/100km. Performance doesn’t fall to the wayside either with 132kW and 450Nm of torque that’s good for a 7.1 second 0-100km/h sprint. The Super also gains higher quality leather for its cabin, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, active cruise control, blind spot monitoring and a heated steering wheel.
Those wanting more power should step toward the Giulia Veloce, which unlike the launch specification appears to not be locally equipped with all-wheel drive. To make up for that possible omission, the Veloce includes Alfa’s SDC adjustable suspension, a limited-slip differential, uprated brakes, and a set of 19-inch wheels. A higher tuned 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor sits under the bonnet and offers 206kW and 400Nm, reducing the century sprint time to 5.8 seconds.
Finally we have the apex of the Giulia family, the QV or Quadrifoglio Verde (Italian for Cloverleaf). This is without doubt the most desirable of the bunch, with a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 co-developed with Ferrari under its bonnet that’s able to summon 375kW and 600Nm.
The 100km/h dash takes a supercar-like 3.9 seconds and doesn’t stop accelerating until beyond 300km/h. And thanks to cylinder deactivation tech, its able to deliver as little as 8.2-litres/100km in fuel economy.
There’s its aggressive bodykit, lowered suspension, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, front illumination with Adaptive Front Lighting System. Its interior is draped in leather with contrast stitching that’s accented by touches of carbon fibre and aluminium.
The Alcantara front sports seats are also eight-way electrically adjustable and it also includes a premium Harman/Kardon 14-speaker sound system with more sophisticated 8.8-inch central touchscreen.