The Giulia marked the return of the rear-wheel-drive sedans for the Italian car-maker.
It was a complex program that led to a big change in its entire lineup. It was a true contender for the premium German cars.
Italian cars were all about styling. With some exceptions, all of them were well designed. Unfortunately, the change to the front-wheel-drive was a good idea for mas-market, but not a bright one for the premium segment. Alfa Romeo managed to revolutionize its range with the introduction of the 2016 Giulia.
The exterior design was one of its most important advantages. The big, triangular, shield in the front was accompanied by two lower-mounted grilles in the apron. With its „angry-eyes” looking headlights, narrow on the inside and swept-back over the front fenders inspired a dynamic design. From the side, the short and tall trunk, combined with the narrow front, inspired a sports-sedan vehicle. And that’s what it was.
Inside, the Giulia offered one of the best-looking interiors in its class. It managed to incorporate the infotainment display next to the instrument cluster. It didn’t look like an aftermarket tablet mounted over the center stack. The bucket-seats upfront promised good support while fast cornering. In the back, there was room for two adults in a comfortable position, or three if they were very close friends. The big transmission tunnel was intrusive in the cabin.
For the engine compartment, Alfa Romeo installed 2.0-liter gasoline or a 2.2-liter diesel engine. Both were turbocharged and were offered with a rear or all-wheel-drive. It was fitted with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.