Slotting between the regular models and the flagship Quadrifoglio, the new Veloce has arrived in Paris with a standard AWD setup.
Available on order in European markets starting today, the new Veloce trim can be considered as the warm version of the range since it bridges the gap between the regular Giulias and the furious Quadrifoglio range-topping variant; no word yet however on Canadian availability. The car being shown now in Paris is wearing a fresh Blue Misano livery available exclusively for the Veloce and only if you opt for the 280-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre gasoline engine. If you would rather have a diesel, the new member of the Giulia family can be had with a 210-hp 2.2-litre unit.
Regardless of engine selection, the Veloce will come as standard with an all-wheel drive system receiving power from an eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance details have not been disclosed, but we do know the gasoline engine is going to generate 295 pound-feet, whereas the diesel will churn 347 lb-ft.
There’s more to the Veloce than its beefy engines, as Alfa Romeo has also created a slightly more aggressive body and a bespoke optional set of 19-inch alloy wheels. The tweaks continue inside the cabin where the model will be distinguished by its different sporty seats covered in black leather, a grippy steering wheel, and a bunch of aluminum accents noticeable on the dashboard and central tunnel.
As standard, the Giulia Veloce will be generously equipped with an assortment of goodies, such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the latest infotainment system and also with dual-zone climate control. On the safety side, prospective buyers will be happy to hear all Veloce models will have autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian recognition), forward collision and lane departure warning, as well as cruise control featuring a built-in speed limiter.
Besides introducing the Veloce, FCA-owned Alfa Romeo will also welcome into the range from early 2017 a super-frugal Giulia Advanced Efficiency (pictured above) equipped exclusively with a 180-hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel linked to an eight-speed auto. Available only on Giulia and Giulia Super trim levels, the AE model promises to consume just 4.2 liters/100 km thanks to its low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, revised gearbox ratios, 16-inch wheels shod in 205/60 R16 low rolling resistance tires, and a ride height lowered by 5 mm. The good news is these changes for the sake of boosting economy won’t turn the sedan into a slouch as it will still do 0-100 km/h in a decent 7.2 seconds before maxing out at 230 km/h.
Alfa Romeo’s growing Giulia family is being showcased in Paris alongside the updated 4C Coupe/Spider, Giulietta, and the Mito.
Source: Alfa Romeo