Italy's answer to BMW is coming to America with a stunning new car
The Italian-built sports sedan is expected to bring a dose of European style and performance to the company's lineup.In addition to the top-of-the-line Giulia Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo confirmed that there will be two other versions of the car sold in the US - the base Giulia and mid-level Giulia TI. (TI stands for Turismo Internazionale.)
However, the Quadrifoglio is going to be a fairly niche offering. Most people are simply not going to spend $70,000 or so on a 505-horsepower sports sedan, regardless of how good it may be.Which makes the two more mainstream offerings all that much more important for Alfa if it wants to make a meaningful splash with consumers. The compact/entry level luxury sedan market is incredibly competitive.
Although the BMW 3-Series has been king of the hill for a couple of decades now, Mercedes has a strong contender with the C-Class, Audi's has a new generation A4, and Jaguar has a brand new XE. Then you have the Japanese trio of the Lexus IS, Acura TLX and Infiniti Q50. And then there's the Cadillac ATS and ATS-V. So there are tons of great options from which the consumer can choose.At the bottom of the range is the standard Giulia. It will be powered by an all-new, 276-horsepower, Alfa-specific 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four cylinder engine. According to the Alfa, cars with the motor can hit 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds when mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Both the Giulia and the Giulia TI will use this engine.
The Giulia is also expected to have nearly perfect 50/50, front/rear weight distribution which should make the car quite a treat around corners.
Although Alfa has not announced official pricing for the Giulia, the company has said that the base model will start at around $40,000, while the top end Quadrifoglio will start at $70,ooo.
All Giulia models come standard with rear-wheel drive, with the FCA's Q4 all-wheel-drive system available as an option.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia will enter production this summer with deliveries commencing shortly afterwards.
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