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Video - BMW 3-Series' rival Alfa Romeo Giulia comes to life

Snapshot: Alfa Romeo has introduced a new saloon/sedan to its line up. Called Alfa Romeo Giulia, the vehicle premiered in Milan yesterday.

With the absence of a driver-oriented sports saloon (like the Alfa Romeo 159), the Italian carmaker’s lineup looked a bit incomplete. Unlike the Alfa Romeo 4C and 8C, there was a need for a car which not just kept the Alfa Romeo spirit high but also kept the enthusiasts (and ‘Alfisti’) happy but without compromising the everyday use. And with the new Giulia, the company appears to have answered a few prayers, if not all.

It’s set to rival cars like the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and the recently introduced (yet to be launched in India) Jaguar XE. And like the said midsize saloons, the Giulia will also have a more powerful and more focused version – Quadrifoglio Verde, in Alfa’s speak. The rear-wheel drive saloon will also get an all-wheel drive version at the later stage, and while overall design is good looking, the front-end is polarising – you’ll either get it or you won’t.

The talking points for the Giulia QV include a 50:50 weight distribution, active aero, electromechanical brakes, and a Ferrari-engineered six-cylinder all-aluminium petrol engine that makes 510hp and helps the car achieve a 0-100km/h time in just 3.9 seconds. There’s also a torque vectoring system, a rear differential, and Alfa DNA – a system that lets the driver modify the car’s behaviour - including suspension settings - depending on the presets, much like the ‘Drive Select’ modes. Alfa Romeo is also claiming a weight-to-power ratio of less than 3kg/hp, which is going to be a good start, especially in case of the high performance version.

The car’s preview in Milan yesterday also marked the completion of 105 years of existence of Alfa Romeo (established on June 24 in 1910). And what could be a better way to celebrate than a car that might promises to get into the numbers game for Alfa.

Here’s wishing for a Sportwagon based on the Giulia!

Enjoy the video.

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