Alfa Romeo Giulia is an Italian with Germans in sight

One of the most anticipated cars of recent times, the Alfa Romeo Giulia, was unveiled at a special event in Italy earlier this week. In what could be termed as yet another attempt of challenging the supremacy of compact executive sedans from Germany, the Giulia would rival the likes of Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class when it goes on sale in 2016.

Featuring Alfa Romeo’s legendary trefoil nose characterized by the triangular grille, the Giulia looks menacing when viewed up front. Adding further to the ‘aggression quotient’ are the large air dams flanking the grille on either sides and the sculpted hood with functional air intakes. The silhouette, with the long bonnet and the stubby boot encompassing a classic angular glasshouse, is curvaceous and beautiful. The prominent shoulder line that boomerangs out of the fender air duct is sexy as are the stunning petal-shaped rims shod with thin rubber. The split taillights appear to have been heavily influenced by those found in Maserati Ghibli, which isn’t a bad thing at all. More hints on the performance on tap could be found in the rear bumper diffuser with integrated quad exhaust pipes.

The Giulia is stylish no doubt, but its predecessor 159 looked sexier, we think.

Under the hood of this range-topping ‘Quadrifoglio’ trim is a V6 turbo petrol engine delivering an impressive 510 horsepower, enough to propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Available in both rear wheel and all wheel drive layouts, the Giulia boasts a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Offering sophisticated ‘Alfalink’ multilink suspension setup at the rear, electronically-controlled adaptive dampers, double-clutch ‘Torque Vectoring’ system that controls torque delivery to each driven wheel and a new Alfa DNA system that lets the driver choose from one of the four driving modes available – Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficient and Racing, the Giulia promises an entertaining drive. What’s more, this new Alfa sedan uses light-weight materials like carbon fiber, aluminium and composites extensively in its construction like some more expensive cars we know. 

Well, all we can say is be prepared for a really big smile when you get a chance to sit behind the wheel of this new Alfa. 

With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles charting out major growth plans for Alfa Romeo, the Giulia has got a significant role to play to make that happen. Let’s hope the Giulia succeeds in its mission. With Jaguar lining up its XE and Alfa Romeo coming up with this red hot sedan, we bet the German trio would be watching this space closely than ever before.

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