Alfa Romeo Giulia (2016–)
- June 2015: Alfa Romeo Giulia unveiled
- September 2015: Alfa Giulia launched
- August 2016: Alfa Giulia prices announced
- September 2017: Equipment updates for Giulia
- June 2018: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING introduced
- July 2018: Five year warranty introduced
- October 2018: Giulia Nero Edizione introduced
- November 2019: Alfa Romeo Giulia updated for 2020
Alfa Romeo Giulia unveiled
Under the bonnet, a range of state-of-the-art engines power the new Giulia with a bespoke unit created for the top-of-the-range Quadrifoglio version. Tuned by engineers from a Ferrari background, the flagship V6 turbo petrol powerplant delivers an impressive 510hp and 600Nm torque, propelling the Giulia Quadrifoglio from 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds, while also offering NEDC 33mpg combined and 198g/km CO2 thanks to electronically-controlled cylinder deactivation system.
As with all next-generation petrol and diesel engines, this six-cylinder unit is made entirely of lightweight aluminium and will, of course, deliver that distinctive Alfa Romeo sound to complement the performance.
A sophisticated “Alfalink” multilink solution is used for the rear axle, while the front suspension employs a new, double-wishbone set up. Developed exclusively by Alfa Romeo, a new semi-virtual steering axis optimises the filtering effect and guarantees rapid, accurate steering by keeping a constant caster trail in corners. In combination with electronically-controlled adaptive dampers, the always-perfect footprint allows the Giulia to tackle high lateral forces while still ensuring the steering feels direct, natural and instinctive even at very high speeds
The Giulia introduces a double-clutch Torque Vectoring system to allow the rear differential to control the torque delivery to each wheel independently, improving traction in low grip conditions without having to run up against an invasive stability control system. The Integrated Brake System is also being introduced on the new Alfa Romeo Giulia – an innovative electromechanical system which combines stability control and a traditional servo brake for instantaneous brake response and record-breaking stopping distances.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio even has a front Active Aero Splitter to actively manage downforce for higher stability and better cornering grip even at high speed. These state-of-the-art systems are all governed by Chassis Domain Control, the 'brains' of the on-board electronics which has been assigned the specific task of optimising performance and driving pleasure.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia also features a new Alfa DNA system which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour according to the driver's selection: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient (a new energy-efficiency mode introduced on the Giulia) and, naturally, Racing mode for high performance versions.
Alfa Giulia launched
The rear-wheel drive Giulia effectively replaced the discontinued 159 in the Alfa range and uses an aluminium and carbon fibre construction to cut weight and improve economy.
All Giulia models use a new rear suspension set-up although Alfa Romeo is keen to stress that the Giulia will be comfortable, which means it should be well suited to Britain’s bumpy roads.
Alfa Giulia prices announced
The Alfa Romeo Giulia model range features five trim levels – Giulia, Super, Tecnica, Speciale and the range topping Quadrifoglio – and is available in 13 different exterior colour options. Alfa Romeo Giulia drivers can also choose between four engine variants (two petrol and two diesel), which are all paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
|Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Petrol Turbo 200hp||£29,180|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.0 Petrol Turbo 200hp||£30,880|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.2 JTDM-2 150hp||£30,750|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 2.2 JTDM-2 180hp||£31,950|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Tecnica 2.2 Turbo Diesel 150hp||£30,995|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Tecnica 2.2 Turbo Diesel 180hp||£32,195|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Speciale 2.2 JTDM-2 180hp||£34,150|
|Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo 510hp||£59,000|
Equipment updates for Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is available with new optional 18-inch Dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels on the Super, Tecnica, Speciale and Veloce versions, and new optional 19-inch Dual 5-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels are available exclusively on the Veloce. To further enhance the sports styling, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Super petrol is also available with a dual exhaust for £150. 2.0 Speciale engine, shared with the Stelvio, has 280HP.
From October 2017, Apple Carplay and Android Auto were available as an option across the entire Giulia range, for just £250.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio NRING introduced
It has a 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine with 510PS and torque of 600Nm powering a top speed of 191mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Priced from £82,500.
Standard equipment on the NRING models includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar automatic transmission knob with carbon inserts and leather and Alcantara steering wheel with carbon inserts.
The front badge and the rearview mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, as are the side skirt inserts. Inside the NRING editions feature tinted windows, Adaptive Cruise Control, the Harman Kardon premium audio package, and AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB.
Five year warranty introduced
Giulia now comes five years/75,000 mile warranty, three years scheduled servicing and five years roadside assistance as standard.
Giulia Nero Edizione introduced
Building on the Super trim this includes dark glossy front grille V-shaped insert on the front, mirror caps and exhaust tips and burnished badges on the rear. Gloss black window surrounds, dark tinted rear windows and xenon headlamps, with adaptive front lights and headlight washers, help distinguish these special editions.
The Giulia is completed by 18-inch Dual 5-spoke dark finish alloy wheels on run flat tyres with monochrome central wheel caps. Inside there are add aluminium kick plates, sports pedals and footrests, with the Giulia also adding 40/20/40 split folding rear seats.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Nero Edizione is available in conjunction with the 2.0-litre 200hp petrol engine and is priced from £34,990 OTR.
Alfa Romeo Giulia updated for 2020
The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been updated with an improved interior offering more upmarket materials, an improved infotainment system and added safety systems.
The 8.8-inch central infotainment display is now a touchscreen, featuring widgets that can be dragged and dropped to create a fully customisable homepage. There's also a new 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster which is standard across the range.
A new central console provides more accessible storage compartments, as well as the new wireless charger function. The new gear stick is now leather clad while the rotary knob that controls the infotainment system has been updated. The leather steering wheel has also been restyled to accommodate the functions and sensors for the autonomous driving systems.
The new MY2020 Giulia marks the debut of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that enable the vehicles to deliver the highest level of autonomous driving currently legal. Level 2 autonomy is achieved when the driver can leave the car to control the accelerator, brake and steering in specific conditions, via electronic systems that require continual monitoring by the driver, but support them to offer greater comfort on long journeys. In all cases, the driver must be constantly vigilant and always keep his hands on the steering wheel.
The main enabling technologies present on the MY2020 include:
- Lane keeping assist: detects if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane without activation of the indicator and alerts the driver visually and by touch. It actively intervenes to return the vehicle to its lane.
- Active blind spot: monitors the rear blind spots to flag up any approaching vehicles and corrects the steering to avoid a collision if necessary.
- Active cruise control: automatically regulates the vehicle's speed to keep it a safe distance from the vehicles ahead. In cooperation with the road sign recognition system, it allows the speed to be automatically regulated as the speed limits change. The system uses the on-board camera to recognises the road signs and shows them on the display, alerting the driver to the current speed limit. It then advises the driver to adjust the speed to that read by the system, and if the driver agrees, the cruise control will be automatically set to the new speed limits.
- Traffic jam assistant and highway assist: In addition to the Active Cruise Control, these systems also supervise lateral steering. Traffic Jam Assistant keeps the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic and Highway Assist regulates the speed on the basis of the current motorway speed limits.
- Driver attention assist: monitors the driver for drowsiness and alerts them if necessary.
The Giulia range has been restructured, with simplified trim levels. Full specifications will be confirmed but entry-level Super and Lusso Ti featuring silver exterior details and the Sprint and Veloce will offer a sportier look with dark styling. All Giulia models will be complete with the new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, updated interior, bi-xenon headlights, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility and new trim badging.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is equipped with Alfa Connected Services as standard, to deliver advanced on-board connectivity and a set of services to boost safety and comfort. The full suite of Alfa Connected Services will be expanded to include the following functions in 2020.
The My Assistant function offers an SOS call that enables the occupant to send a request for assistance to a call centre, with the vehicle's position and identification code, by pressing the SOS button or via the mobile app. In the event of an accident, the call goes out automatically. In case of a vehicle breakdown, a call can be sent to the roadside assistance service with the vehicle's coordinates by pressing the Assist button. The My Assistant package also includes a service report, which keeps customers updated on their Alfa Romeo's health via monthly email reports.
My Remote enables remote control of several vehicle functions. Drivers can set speed and area limits as well as check the location of the vehicle and they will receive alerts, via a smartphone or smartwatch, Amazon Alexa or Google Home voice assistance systems, if the set parameters are not complied with.
My Navigation comprises applications for remote search for destination and Points of Interest (POI) and real-time traffic, weather and speed camera alerts. The package also includes the Send & Go service, enabling the driver to send the destination to their navigation straight from their smartphone or the web portal.
Other services to join the suite include My Car, which enables owners to keep their car's health and parameters under constant control, My Wi-Fi, which allows an Internet connection to be shared between up to eight on-board devices, My Theft Assistance, which alerts the owner of any attempt to steal the car, and My Fleet Manager, intended for fleet management.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia will be available to order from early 2020, with deliveries later in the year. Full UK pricing and specification will be announced in due course.
7-1-2020: TomTom announced that its easy-to-use connected navigation has been chosen to feature in the new Alfa Romeo GIULIA MY20 compact saloon and the Alfa Romeo STELVIO MY20 SUV as part of a global deal, that includes China and Japan.
GIULIA and STELVIO drivers will enjoy turn-by-turn navigation, automatic zooming and advanced lane guidance – all enhancing the user experience. In addition, TomTom will provide advanced driver assistance attributes as part of the map content to support GIULIA and STELVIO applications.
The company’s navigation software and maps are complemented by connected services such as TomTom Traffic, Speedcams, Online Search and Routing, Weather, Off Street Parking and Fuel Prices. The system is controlled from an 8.8” widget-driven touchscreen which is fully customizable by the driver. TomTom’s Maps APIs will also be integrated with the vehicle manufacturer’s smartphone app, meaning that drivers can send their destination directly from their smartphone to the car.