The European Alfa Romeo Giulia line has grown with the debut of two new versions of the luxury compact: the performance minded Giulia Veloce and economical Giulia Advanced Efficiency (AE).
The Giulia Veloce builds on the standard Giulia with sportier front and rear bumpers, integrated exhaust tips and 19-inch five-hole alloy wheels. The interior features new black leather sport seats, a sports steering wheel and aluminum dashboard, central tunnel and door panel inserts.
The Giulia AE is only available with Alfa’s 180 horsepower 2.2-liter diesel engine and offers improved fuel efficiency thanks to a low-pressure EGR valve, a secondary engine cooling circuit and specific gearbox ratios. Its drag co-efficiency is also lower than the standard Giulia’s due to its specially designed alloy wheels and a 5mm lower ride height. Low rolling resistance tires also help improve fuel economy.
With the introduction of the Giulia Veloce and Giulia AE, Alfa has also unveiled a new version of its 2.2-liter diesel engine. With 210 horsepower on tap, the new diesel will help bridge the gap between the efficient 180 horsepower diesel and the more performance-minded 280 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo.
Finally, Alfa has outlined its all-wheel drive system for the Giulia, which it has dubbed ‘Q4’. The system will consist of an active transfer case and a front differential and will add about 132 pounds of weight to the Giulia. Alfa says the all-wheel drive system will continuously monitor driving conditions to ensure optimum torque distribution between the front and rear axles.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce and Giulia AE will make their official debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show next month. Alfa will have five Giulias in Paris: one diesel and one gasoline powered Veloce model, one diesel and one gasoline powered Super model and a Giulia Quadrifoglio.