Loin-tingling as the 503-hp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is, around $70,000 is a steep cost of entry. Luxury buyers bored with the usual German trio of luxurious and sporty sedans will find their way to the more reasonable Alfa Romeo Giulia or Alfa Romeo Giulia Super, which appeared for the first time at the Geneva auto show.
Two new engines were revealed for the Alfa Romeo Giulia as well, along with the significantly toned-down styling. First is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine making either 148 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, or 178 hp and 332 lb-ft. Both versions of this diesel will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions, and rear-wheel drive is standard with the option of all-wheel drive on some models.
While we can expect the diesels to be popular in Europe, it’s unlikely they’ll be offered here in the U.S. at launch, if at all. We instead have our eye on the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which in Europe will churn out 197 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. Earlier reports indicate that when this engine comes to the U.S. it will make 276 hp and be available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Given what we now know about the Euro-spec car, we expect the Alfa Romeo Giulia to be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is possible (it’s the only transmission offered on the Quadrifoglio), but unlikely.
Gone are the hefty rear diffuser, quad exhaust ports, spoiler, and gaping front-end air intakes from the Quadrofilglio. That being said, the Giulia still looks sexy. The trademark triangular grille remains, and much of the Quadrifoglio’s lovely Italian silhouette is maintained in the pedestrian-spec versions. As much as we miss the wild menace, the smaller wheels and softer edges lend a kind of clean elegance to the Giulia and Giulia Super.
It’s not clear what features and equipment will come to the U.S. as standard, but the European lineup does give a good idea of what we can expect. The base Alfa Romeo Giulia sits on 16-inch wheels, features a 6.5-inch center display with a 3.5-inch monitor for the instrument cluster, and includes two-zone climate control. Upgraded versions receive an 8.8-inch nav-ready screen and 7-inch display cluster. Also standard is lots of safety equipment like forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Springing to the Giulia Super adds 17-inch wheels and leather/fabric interior trim in various color choices.
The Luxury Pack adds full-grain leather seating surfaces with power adjustment and heating functions, real wood and chrome trim, and Xenon headlights. For the Sport Pack, you’ll get a sport steering wheel, aluminum trim, and Xenon headlights.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia is still set to go on sale in the middle of this year, despite delays to the back end of the Alfa product rollout. There were supposed to be eight new models launching by 2018, but delays have pushed that end date to 2020.