The evocative Italian hatchback, Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been brought in by local distributer, Sime Darby Auto Italia. Launched in single variant as 1.4L TB Multiair, the higher performance Giulietta QV is slated to be on the way too.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta sits on Fiat's Group Compact global architecture, codenamed C-Evo. This platform was designed to underpin a range of car ranging from compact hatchback to a wider and longer-wheelbase sedan. Alfa Romeo Giulietta is the first receiver of the platfrom, and the recent Dodge Dart and Fiat Viaggio are among the newer recipient, albeit in slightly wider and longer format. The platform can accept only a transverse engine installation, but can accommodate both front and four wheel drive.
The 1.4L TB Multiair version brought in by SDAI is graced by a turbocharging application hooked to Fiat's patented Multiair valvetrain which is electro-hydraulic valve actuation control to continuously varies the intake valve system without the throttle control. This mill produced 168bhp@5,500rpm and 250Nm of torque at low 2,500rpm. Malaysian version is hooked to TCT transmission, which is essentially a 6 speed speed dual-clutch gearbox. Giulietta can crack nought to 100km/h in 7.7s and achieved 218 km/h of top speed. It comes with Start-Stop function as standard to boost efficiency, but it can be switched off too if you don't fancy such stuff. Also included is Alfa’s DNA selector, which gives the driver three driving modes namely Dynamic, Normal and All-Weather.
Malaysian Giulietta is highly specified with bi-xenon AFS head lights, Bluetooth connectivity, voice control, USB/MP3 compatability, steering-mounted controls, rain sensors, parking sensors, electronic folding wing mirrors, electrochromic rear view mirror and packed with safety features such as stability control, cornering brake control, Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), hydraulic brake assist, and torque vectoring control. It also comes with 6 airbags.
Alfa Romeo Giulietta is 4,351mm long, 1,798mm wide and 1,465mm tall. It rides on 2,634mm wheelbase. Boot volume is 350L. The car is suspended by McPhersons struts at the front and multi-link setup at the back.