We have already seen the Giulia Quadrifoglio last year pumping 503bhp from a turbocharged V6 and getting to 100kmph in less than 4 seconds. While many would desire to buy this performance oriented sedan, the standard Giulia, which is actually expected to do well, is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the Italian option for the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. It is a pretty looking sports sedan with the typical Alfa Romeo ‘V’ grille at the front, with the same design cues continuing in form of creases on the bonnet. Compared to the Quadrifoglio, it misses out on the large air vents, rear diffuser, boot spoiler and quad exhaust, to look relatively subtle.
The insides are as curvy and stylish, with plenty of leather and wooden inserts. It has an 6.5-inch infotainment system, that has all the functions controlled through a rotary dial. In term of features it gets forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning for safety.
Under the hood the standard Giulia will have two petrol and diesel engine options – 2.2-litre diesel producing 150bhp or 180bhp and a 2.0-litre petrol producing 200bhp or 276bhp. All of them can be availed with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive set up, mated to the six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Giulia production begins mid-March for Europe. As for India, Fiat has no intentions of introducing the brand here anytime soon. Though we think introduction of Alfa Romeo might do lot of good for FCA, which is struggling in India for a while.