FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has bold plans for Alfa Romeo's revival. And it all starts with the launch of the new midsize sedan with an iconic name: Giulia. This long awaited Alfa will use the new so-called "Giorgio" platform, which is suitable for both front wheel drive and all wheel drive drivetrains.
Important enough to bring a special report about this new Alfa, which is bound to be a decisive car for Alfa's renaissance...
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Andrea Bocelli accompanied the launch of the Alfa with heavenly music... see also photo below
The heart of any Alfa is its engine, and as can be expected, Alfa has quite a few formidable units up its sleeve to make the Giulia a real thoroughbred.
It all starts with a 2 litre four cilinder petrol engine, a pur sang four cylinder which is truly Alfa, as the Giulia tradition befits. It will be turbocharged, and thanks to the "compressore", will offer loads of power. It starts with a "sedate" 180 hp version, but it will also be offered in 250 hp and and an impressive 330 hp variant.
"Vu Sei" power
Of course, there is no substitute for the magic sound of a V6 pur sang engine, and the Alfa engineers have surpassed themselves by offering a state of the art unit with twin superchargers, which has been developed out of the Ferrari-built engine, which is presently fitted in the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. This re-engineered engine develops not less than 510 hp...
The Diesel enthusiasts have not been neglected however. The 3 litre V6 which one now finds under the hood of the Jeep and Maseratis is alos fitted under the hood of the Giulia. This engine is actually designed and built by VM motori. They went to great lengths to increase the power even more, from 275 to 340 hp. To achieve this, a new four valve per cylinder head and a second supercharger was needed.
Facing the competition...
FCA has already some very good four cylinder Diesels in its stable. One has only to think of the 2,2 litre unit which is now installed in the Jeep models. This revised engine has been derived from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' well known 2 litre MultiJet diesel. The Alfa version will still have more power, topping at 210 hp. There will also be more frugal variants with respectively 135 and 180 hp.
After the Giulietta, launched in 1010, the Giulia will be the second high(er) volume Alfa, targeted at the BMW 3 series and Audi A5/A6.
The Alfa Giulia is said to start production in November this year, and will be make its major public show debut on the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
The car has been unveiled at the 105th anniversary of the birth of the marque ALFA. The letters are the acronym of Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, and the celebration together with the presentation of the Giulia has taken place at the AlfaMuseum or "Museo Storico" in Arese, just outside Milan.
Hans Knol ten Bensel