The Giulia isn’t set to land in Oz until February 2017, and ufcnancy got to taste it first.
The verdict? It’s above board in almost every measurable manner, and ready to take the battle to the British, European, and Japanese manufacturers that make up the premium sedan market.
Alfa Romeo lost its way – to put it lightly – in recent years, and the Giulia is the latest step in a concerted push to get the brand back on track, and to a place that would please its most loyal fans; the Alfisti.
Three different versions of the Giulia will be available in Australia initially; the ‘entry-level’ 147kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol model which we got the chance to taste in this video, a 132kW 2.2-litre turbodiesel, and the top of the range Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio; a 375kW/600Nm performance monster intended to take the fight to BMW’s vaunted M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C63, among others.
The Giulia wasn’t a cheap project for Alfa Romeo, with parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) being stumping up €5 billion ($A7.7 billion) to get it running.
From that investment, Alfa is expecting at least two more cars (a pair of SUVs slated for release within five years) to be produced atop the Giorgio platform the Giulia utilises. Plans are also in place for a 166 large sedan successor to challenge the BMW 5 Series, and maybe even the next generation Giulietta small hatchback.
But that’s the future. For now, enjoy what’s set to hit our shores early next year.