Two mid-level models strengthen Alfa’s Giulia portforlio

The Paris Auto Show is usually packed with just about every auto manufacturer under the sun, but this year the show is going to be missing a number of big names. We first learned that Volvo, Ford, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce would be missing, and more recently we’ve learned that Bentley and Lamborghini will also be skipping out on the show. That’s a lot of big names, but there’s at least one automaker that will be in Paris in full force with a number of new cars. That automaker is Alfa Romeo, and one of those cars is the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce – a model that debuts two new engines (one gasoline and one diesel) and Alfa’s long awaited Q4 all-wheel drive system. These engines represent the basis for two mid-level models with the gasoline-powered 2.0-liter producing 280 horsepower and the 2.2-liter diesel promising 210 horsepower. But, we’ll talk more about the available engines later.

With these two new models, it has become pretty clear that Alfa has quite literally worked backward as far as releasing models. The brand started out balls to the wall with the Giulia QV and its 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter V-6, and then it announced the entry-level Giulia. Now, we’re getting the middle of the spectrum with these new gasoline and diesel powertrains. While it’s a little backward, these new models should be significantly cheaper than the QV and should provide a price point that makes the Giulia attainable for those who can’t afford the $70,000 price tag of that crazy Giulia QV but want to spend more than $50,000 for the entry-level model. With that said let’s dive on into the new Giulia Veloce models and go over all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce.

Exterior

The distinct body lines on the hood, and the sides of the Giulia assert the car’s stylish and sporty characteristics and make it very pleasing to look at

On the outside, you’re going to notice very little difference between the Giulia QV and the Giulia Veloce Models. Both Veloce models have the same body styling as the base-model Giulia, including the toned down front fascia and that dominating triangular radiator grille. That’s good news, though, as the distinct body lines on the hood, and the sides of the Giulia assert the car’s stylish and sporty characteristics and make it very pleasing to look at. As you can see from the model here, it’s rocking the same wheels that were found on the QV when it made its debut and it also has yellow-painted calipers which really stand out against the blue exterior finish seen here.

And, despite the fact that the Veloce is inherently lower in the hierarchy compared to the QV, it still gets that diffuser-like insert on the rear fascia. It does have a single exhaust outlet on each corner like the base model Giulia, with the extra space around the single exhaust outlet on each side filled in by a weird little mesh insert. You can also find Veloce badging on each side of the Veloce models. All told, Alfa Romeo has managed to create a couple of mid-range models without sacrificing anything in the exterior department, which is a really good thing. The Giulia looks great, and it would be a shame if Alfa toned it down any more than it already is.

Interior

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If you’ve taken a good look at the Giulia QV, the interior of the Veloce will look very familiar to you. The Veloce comes with the same flat-bottom steering wheel and the same two-pod gauge cluster with a TFT display in the middle. The center stack is dominated by a 6.5-inch, horizontally oriented infotainment display and two large HVAC vents just below it. The Veloce does get unique grips on the sport steering wheel and a new set of black leather sport seats that actually look better than those in the QV. On top of this, the inserts around the door handles, on the face of the dash, and on the center console have been replaced by some slick looking aluminum inserts compared to the silver inserts found on the QV.

In most cases, it’s nice to see a lot of different interior features among models. But, when it comes to the Giulia Veloce, it looks like Alfa nailed it as far as bring in unique features without toning down or differentiating the interior too much. The new Veloce is just as nice inside as it’s more expensive brother while providing the same left of comfort and refinement at a lower price. Not bad.

Drivetrain

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The drivetrain department hosts the biggest news when it comes to the Giulia Veloce. It can be had with one of two different engines: a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder and a 2.2-liter Diesel. The gasoline engine delivers 280 horsepower at 5,250 and 295 pound-feet of torque at a relatively low 2,250 rpm. This kind of power output from a small gasoline engine can be attributed, in part, to the “2-in-1” turbocharger system as well as the high-pressure direct injection. Alfa hasn’t disclosed what kind of turbo pressure the 2-in-1 system runs, but we do now that the fuel system runs at 2,900.75 psi, which is becoming increasingly more common but much higher than fuel pressure systems found in cars made just a few years ago. The use of this 2-in-1 turbocharging system and the extremely high fuel pressure helps to generate a quick response and a high level of efficiency.

The gasoline engine delivers 280 horsepower at 5,250 and 295 pound-feet of torque at a relatively low 2,250 rpm

On the diesel front, that 2.2-liter oil burner generates 210 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 346 pound-feet of torque at a low 1,750 rpm. The big news here is the fuel system that is in use. Built on MultiJet II technology, the system uses injection rate shaping and runs at around 29,007 psi – yes you read that right, 29,000 pounds of fuel pressure. There’s also an electrical, variable geometry turbocharger that helps to eliminate turbo lag and provide great throttle response at any engine speed.

Unfortunately, neither Veloce model is available with a manual transmission, with an eight-speed automatic being the shifter of choice. Be that as it may, the Giulia Veloce does come with paddle shifters so some spirited driving isn’t out of the question, but know that if you really want to row your own gears, you still have to go with the QV here in the U.S., as it is the only model available here with the six-speed manual. Alfa hasn’t released fuel economy figures for the gasoline-powered Veloce as of yet, but with the upcoming Advanced Efficiency model pulling a claimed 56 mpg, expect both of the Veloce models to obtain somewhere in the area of 37 to 43 mpg.

What happens to be the biggest news, really comes in the form of four driven wheels that will all be powered by Alfa’s new all-wheel-drive system. The system is built around Q4 technology and uses an active transfer case with that helps to ensure excessively quick torque distribution on demand while keeping efficiency on the higher end of the scale. Part of this can be attributed to the front differential that weighs about 132 pounds. By use of Q4 technology, the AWD system is constantly monitoring the conditions of the driveline while distributing 100 percent of available torque to the rear axle. When conditions require it, up to 60 percent of available torque can be sent to the front axle. In short, you get the benefits of all-wheel drive while being able to enjoy the handling characteristics of a rear-wheel-drive car. You pair that AWD system with the double wishbone suspension and semi-virtual steering axis and you have a machine that will offer highly spirited driving on demand without the need for massive amounts of horsepower or a heavy duty AWD system.

Pricing

Official pricing for the Giulia Veloce has yet to be announced, however, we know that the Giulia QV will start out at $70,000 here in the U.S. while the base model is expected to start out around $50,000. With that kind of pricing schedule, we expect the Veloce model to go for somewhere in the neighborhood of around $57,000 to $60,000. Which really isn’t bad when you consider you also get that awesome AWD system and the option of choosing between two assumingly efficient but powerful engines. The ordering books for the diesel-powered Veloce will open the day it debuts at the Paris Auto Show, so expect to see official pricing in the very near future.

Competition

BMW 3 Series

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On the price front, the Giulia Veloce really competes with the BMW 5 Series, however, the 5 Series trumps the Giulia Veloce in every performance spec there is. With that said, we need to look at the cheaper 3 Series to find an appropriate competitor. Priced anywhere between $33,450 and $49,900, the 3 Series is available with a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines, but when it comes to comparing, the gasoline-powered Veloce competes quite well with the 330i xDrive sedan. With all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder, the 330i delivers 248 horsepower and a 5.5-second sprint to 60 mph at a price of about $40,750 as of the time of this writing. For the diesel-powered Veloce, you have to look to the 320d xDrive, which delivers just 180 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbo diesel and a 7.3-second sprint to 60 mph. The 320d xDrive starts out at $42,250. Both models offer comparable performance to their Alfa counterparts but come in just a bit cheaper. So, the real question is, do you want to spend a little more and go with the Alfa, or be like everyone else and buy German while saving a little bit of money while you’re at it?

Read our full review on the BMW 3 Series here.

Mercedes C-Class

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Keeping with the German competitor theme, the Mercedes C-Class is the next best competitor in line. We’ve previously compared the Giulia QV to the AMG C63, and for the Veloce, we can look to the C300 4Matic. While it isn’t available with a Diesel Powertrain, the C300 does come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-banger that delivers a fair 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That torque comes in relatively lower in the powerband and is available from 1,300 rpm all the way to 4,000 rpm while the horsepower does max out until you get the engine speed up to 5,500 rpm. At the time of this writing, the C300 starts out at $40,950 before options taxes and delivery. That should put it significantly cheaper than the Giulia Veloce, but then again, there are tons of C-Class models out there and very few Giulia’s rolling around. In this case, it might be worth it to pony up the extra cheddar to go for Alfa.

Read our full review on the Mercedes C-Class here.

Conclusion

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Alfa Romeo has been working hard at reestablishing itself in the Automotive world, and the availability of different drivetrains and models in the Giulia stable goes to show all of that hard work. When the Giulia QV made its debut, I was skeptical. You try to rebuild your brand by throwing a $70,000 car at the public and hoping people bite. Then we got word about the entry-level Giulia, and now these Veloce models, and it’s clear the Alfa Romeo has a good plan in place. Now it has this sexy and aggressive looking sedan than can be had for anywhere between $50,000 and $70,000. I would still like to see Alfa Romeo produce something as classy and sophisticated at a much lower price – after all, just look at the competition. But, for now, I think the company is on the right track, and I’m looking forward to what it comes up with in the future.

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    • * Priced a little high for the competition
    • * No six-speed manual available for Veloce

Press Release

Alfa Romeo returns to the Paris International Motor Show with a prestigious stand worthy of a premium brand which symbolises Italian excellence. The spotlight will shine on Giulia, the most authentic expression of the Alfa Romeo spirit, successfully combining all the elements which have made it one of the most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, high-performance engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and supreme weight-to-power ratio.

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Visitors to the world preview at the Paris International Motor Show will have the chance to discover the new Giulia Veloce, which features exclusive engine versions, style and contents. The Giulia Veloce comes with two new engine versions: the 280 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol and the 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and the unprecedented Q4 all-wheel drive.
It will be possible to order the 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel version of the Giulia Veloce starting from the first day of the Paris Motorshow, September 29th. For more details about prices, visit the local press site.

In Paris, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be unveiled in five different guises: two new Veloce incarnations, two Super versions and a captivating Quadrifoglio. Alongside these creations, the public can also view the New Giulietta Veloce and the New Mito Veloce, both featuring a pronounced family feeling with the Giulia, as well as the Coupé and Spider versions of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the brand’s modern icon. All these cars are unique in their design and technology, and they were created to thrill on the road and on the track. For over a century, Alfa Romeo cars have been dedicated to those who demand that their cars transcend the concept of a ’useful means of transport’ and become instead a ’source of deep excitement’.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

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"Veloce" is a glorious name that is evocative of the Alfa Romeo tradition, established in 1956 with the Giulietta model and ever since illuminating the brand’s outstandingly sporting and original versions. Today, the name Veloce glorifies another Giulia, to satisfy the needs of customers yearning for contents packed with personality. The new model will progressively be sold across all markets in the EMEA area with prices that will vary from one country to the next.

The Parisian show will showcase two new Giulia Veloce variants, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive: the first model sees the début of the as yet unseen Blue Misano livery and is fitted with the new 280 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol engine, while the second Giulia Veloce, displaying an alluring Silverstone grey body, is fitted with the new 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine.

Distinctive style and exclusive equipment

The exterior of the new Giulia Veloce stands out both for its refined styling features, such as the specific bumpers and glossy black door trim, as well as for various sports contents such as the special rear extractor which incorporates a double exhaust pipe and the optional 5-hole 19" alloy wheel rims. The same sporty feel reigns inside, where new black leather Sport seats dominate, plus a sports steering wheel with an original grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel, door panels and Xenon headlights.

This distinctive interior and exterior style houses a wealth of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, the Alfa DNA system and 6.5" Connect infotainment system, as well as the new efficient active safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, the Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and cruise control with speed limiter.

Two new engine versions

The Giulia Veloce heralds the début of the new 2-litre petrol engine - a 4-cylinder engine made entirely of aluminium - which generates 280 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 2,250 rpm. In addition to the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, the particular features of this engine include the "2-in-1" " turbocharger system and direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system which combine to deliver a particularly quick response to accelerator commands at all speeds while permitting highly efficient consumption levels.

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Alternatively, the Giulia Veloce can be fitted with the new 2.2-litre Diesel engine which develops a maximum power of 210 HP at 3,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 470 Nm at 1,750 rpm. A special note: the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine on the Giulia is the first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo history to have been built entirely in aluminium. With four cylinders in line, this engine stands out for its latest-generation injection system with MultiJet II technology and Injection Rate Shaping (IRS), along with operating pressures of 2,000 bar. The electrically-operated variable geometry turbocharger offers state-of-the-art mechanics and minimises response times while also guaranteeing benefits in terms of efficiency. The most sophisticated driving satisfaction and comfort levels are also guaranteed by the use of a balancing countershaft.

Both the new Giulia Veloce models come with 8-speed automatic transmission and are powered by engines made in Italy in the plants in Termoli (petrol) and Pratola Serra (diesel), in areas dedicated exclusively to Alfa Romeo engines, using state-of-the-art processes and methods which place them at the top of their categories for performance and efficiency.

What’s more, the innovative "AE" - Advanced Efficiency - version will be available at the beginning of 2017. Distinguished by a specific badge on the tailgate, this version - which is available on the Giulia and Giulia Super trim levels, is based on the 180 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine with 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Advanced Efficiency variant achieves extraordinary results in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels: 4.2 l/100 km and just 99 g/km of CO2 in the combined cycle.

These results are obtained thanks to specific technical solutions, through the implementation of a low-pressure EGR valve that improves engine efficiency, an air-water intercooler, a secondary engine cooling circuit in addition to the primary circuit, and specific gearbox ratios. On top of this, thanks to a reduction of approximately 5 millimetres in the height of the car body and to exclusive, specifically-designed alloy wheel rims, the CX has been reduced to 0.23 for improved aerodynamic efficiency. Last but by no means least, the Giulia "AE" Advanced Efficiency is fitted with specific 205/60 R16 tyres for reduced rolling resistance.
The effects of these innovations can be seen in the overall performance of the engine, starting at low revs, with prejudice to its outstanding performance levels: a top speed of 230 km/h and 7.2" to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.

Four-wheel drive with Q4 technology

At its world preview, the new Giulia Veloce offers the début of the innovative all-wheel drive system with Q4 technology, designed to handle vehicle traction in real time, and to guarantee outstanding levels of performance, efficiency and safety.

The architecture of the Q4 system fitted on the Giulia Veloce includes an active transfer case and a front differential designed to accommodate the specific technical requirements of Alfa Romeo, in order to handle a high torque extremely promptly with a particularly compact and light-weight design (the increase in weight is just around 60 kg). The transfer case uses advanced active clutch technology that provides extremely dynamic driving while at the same time guaranteeing reduced fuel consumption. Speedy response and accurate torque distribution are guaranteed by the Next-Gen integrated actuator, depending on the drive mode selected on Alfa DNA.

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In particular, the Q4 system continuously monitors multiple parameters to guarantee optimum torque distribution between the two axles depending on how the car is used and on the available road surface grip. This technology is capable of foreseeing loss in wheel adherence, relying on the information gathered by the lateral and longitudinal acceleration sensors, and by steering wheel angle and vehicle yaw speed sensors. Under normal conditions, the Giulia Veloce with Q4 system behaves like a rear-drive vehicle: 100% of torque is distributed to the rear axle. As it reaches the wheel adherence limit, the system transfers up to 60% of the drive torque to the front axle in real time, thanks to a dedicated transfer case. To ensure maximum speed of response in re-distributing torque, the system exploits a high mechanical over slippage (up to 2.5%) between the two axles, which translates into segment-beating vehicle control in terms of traction and directional stability on bends.

The Q4 system on the new Giulia Veloce therefore provides all the benefits of all-wheel drive - in terms of stability, traction and safety - while also guaranteeing reduced fuel consumption, extra responsiveness and all the driving satisfaction of a car with rear-wheel drive.

All the strengths of the Giulia model

The new Giulia Veloce confirms all the particular features of the model which has launched the come-back of the Italian brand to this major segment. First of all, a distinctly Italian design that is expressed through a sense of proportion and simplicity plus quality surfaces framing the driver and placing him boldly centre stage. In addition, the choice of rear-wheel drive - and now also the Q4 all-wheel drive system - is more than a simple tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which delivers high performance, deep pleasures and supreme driving sensations.

Further particularities of the Giulia include the outstanding weight distribution across the two axles, the sophisticated suspension (Alfa Rome patent) and the most direct steering in its segment. In addition, the Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance with ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, in order to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (less than 3 in the Quadrifoglio version).

In keeping with Alfa Romeo traditions, the new Giulia offers unique technical solutions that make it the benchmark for its segment. The more sophisticated features include the Integrated Brake System (IBS) for considerably reducing braking distance, and active suspension for exceptional comfort. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, the Torque Vectoring technology affords outstanding torque distribution between the two wheels on the rear axle, and the Active Aero Splitter actively controls downforce at high speed.

Not to be forgotten, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has recently earned five prestigious Euro NCAP stars, scoring 98% in adult occupant protection. This is the highest score ever achieved by a car despite the more severe evaluation system introduced in 2015. This outstanding result was achieved by implementing two key elements: firstly, the adoption of a wide range of innovative safety systems, and secondly, the efficiency of a bodyshell that is light and rigid in equal measure, and makes extensive use of ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre, aluminium and aluminium composite.

The Paris show will be exhibiting two Giulia Super models with a 180 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine and a 200 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol engine, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. These models have been embellished with the Sport Pack (including sports steering wheel with specific grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, as well as Xenon headlights) and Luxury Pack which includes: full grain leather seats (available in four colours: black, beige, tobacco and red), leather upholstered dashboard and door panels, heated front seats electrically adjustable to eight settings, heated steering wheel, real wood (oak or walnut) inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, plus chrome-plated exterior window frames and electrically folding door mirrors. This car also offers refined Mopar accessories in carbon: the wing mirror housing, the front grille and the gearknob.

The stand exhibit is completed by a Competition Red Giulia Quadrifoglio, fitted with a 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo petrol engine and presented in the sports configuration featuring 5-hole ultra light-weight 19" wheel rims, carbon ceramic brake system and Sparco seats with carbon structural shell.

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