2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review

After its world premiere of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the new Alfa Romeo debuted in May 2010 and gradually sold in all major markets, which is relaunching the brand in one of the most important segments in Europe.

The centennial year Alfa Romeo Giulietta was appointed a tribute to a car and an Alfa Romeo legend. In the fifties, took Alfa Romeo Giulietta the imagination of car enthusiasts around the world, making the dream of owning an Alfa Romeo and enjoy the high level of expertise and comfort techniques available for the first time.

Now, the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo has produced a new Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a five-door hatchback with a distinctive appearance Alfa Romeo and can express both an agility course in the most demanding and provide comfort for their daily commute . This is because the new compact platform, thanks to advanced technical solutions for the suspension, active steering, double-pinion, materials and sophisticated manufacturing technologies implemented allows the Alfa Romeo Giulietta reach exceptionally high standards both in the ratio of on-board comfort and its dynamic characteristics and safety (active and passive).

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta presents an entirely new platform - called Compact - designed to satisfy the most demanding customers in terms of handling, agility and safety. It provides excellent performance and high dynamic level of comfort, thanks to sophisticated technical solutions to the suspension, steering system of the new generation, and a thin and hard, created from materials such as aluminum, steel high resistance, and cutting edge techniques.

This new system allows the Alfa Romeo Giulietta meet the needs of all customers in this category, which combines the comfort of a train, functional interiors and generous boot capacity, where the dynamic properties, which include all the Alfa Romeo. In addition to driving pleasure and comfort can be customized to meet the needs of each client, thanks to the Alfa DNA switch, a device that measures the behavior of the vehicle under different road conditions and driving styles. A new forum for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is designed to combine the in-car systems and exploit them fully, which emphasizes the establishment of the three functions (Dynamic, Normal and All Weather), through the Alfa DNA switch.

This device is standard across the range of the new model is designed to change the operating parameters of the engine, gearbox, steering and electronic differential Q2 behavior, in addition to the logic of the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Sporty and comfortable, Italian style

The perfect blend of sportiness and style, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta redefines the technology standards of the brand and the emotional values.

The front shows a completely new interpretation of the classic shield built into the front bumper and suspended between the ventilation holes. This is the starting point for designing the entire car, combining an energetic shape with elegant significantly. The headlights have daytime running lights with LED technology and a function of light per day for maximum active safety.

Although the profile of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is full of personality that gives the impression of a car flexible and robust. This is mainly because of the side windows, similar to the appearance of a cut, highlights the dynamics and liquid form, thanks to hidden behind the door handles. The ribs on the sides of the vehicle appears to extend the car while the clean lines that end up on the form of pointing back corner of the body.

The back, as the front and sides, the different aesthetic that focuses on the feeling of a muscle car, clinging to the road surface. Moreover, as headlights, tail lights also use innovative LED technology, not only for reasons of style, but also preventive safety.

Finally, measuring the amount of compact and dynamic shape of the new car for a very comfortable and spacious boot (350 liters): it is 4.35 meters long, 1.46 meters high and 1.80 meters wide , with a wheelbase of 2.63 meters.

Advanced functions for maximum comfort on board

The attention to detail and quality of materials used in interiors today, as always, the ultimate expression of Italian style. More specifically, the dominant concept of interior design is a new lightness. The lines are clean and the instrument panel to develop horizontally. The seats are comfortable, and their form has been designed for maximum comfort on long journeys.

Thanks to an advanced ergonomic design, each switch is in an ideal position: the most important are grouped in the center of the dashboard, and have the same model as the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

The navigation system with pop-up display allows drivers to safely view the itinerary or the operating parameters set by the mechanical device Alfa DNA, without taking your eyes off the road.

There are practical open storage compartments located in different areas of the cabin in front of the gearbox, on the center console and the interior lining of doors. There is room closed storage - depending on the version - on top of the dashboard, under the dashboard in front of the front passenger (cooled with dual zone climate control) and in the front and rear armrests.

Motors for an exciting innovation, the environment unit

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta guarantees the highest levels of performance and technology through a range of engines that are state of the art in terms of technology, levels of performance and environmental friendliness. After its commercial launch, four engines Turbo will be available to meet all Euro 5 and the Start & Stop system to reduce levels of consumption and emissions standard: two petrol engines (120 hp and 170 hp 1.4 1.4TB Multiair TB) and two diesels (105 hp and 170 hp 1.6 JTDM 2.0 JTDM, both second generation Multijet engines.) The range is complemented by HP's high performance 235 1750 Turbo Diesel with direct injection and scanning control combined with unique interior Quadrifoglio Verde.

This latest version has a-235-horsepower engine is perfectly TBI 1750 as Alfa Romeo, offers the best in this segment. Not only the means of transport, but a vehicle that really connects with the customer. There is a strong acceleration thanks to higher torque at low revs, smooth response minimizes the use of the gearbox is the characteristic species of modern gasoline engines, and the note of the engine, taking advantage of ever becoming intrusive. Detail, 1750 diesel Turbo offers advanced technological solutions, such as direct injection, variable valve timing continues, turbocharger and a revolutionary control system of cleaning, get rid of any turbo lag. The resulting performance is comparable to - or better - that for many 3-liter continue to produce the fuel consumption of a typical four-cylinder compact.

It should be noted that the specific power of 134 hp / liter is the highest in the world for a 4-cylinder unit installed in this vehicle class, and is the highest ever by an engine of Alfa Romeo production. The specific torque for a total of 194 Nm / liter, the highest of all petrol engines in this category, while the maximum torque of 340 Nm, is only 1900 rpm, is excellent.

Our engines available to meet the needs of all customers. First, the 1.4 TB 120 bhp engine is ideal for those looking for a car that can handle city traffic with ease, while the lowest operating costs possible. Turbo engine ensures a fast response even at low rpm (peak torque is reached only 1750 cycles), when the Start & Stop, in the city, reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions significantly without sacrificing the comfort and safety of ships .

The 170 bhp engine is a 1.4 TB Multiair amalgam technology, which combines high performance with low emissions and fuel consumption in its class for gasoline engines that power. It is a bright and flexible engine, with maximum torque of 250 Nm generous (when set to dynamic), equipped with Start & Stop system and levels of fuel consumption and emissions as-a diesel engine over a single core this power (4.6 l/100 km in the extra urban cycle and 134 g / km CO2). The combination of this engine with the new platform is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta at the top of its segment, both for its dynamic qualities, as well as comfort and practicality in everyday use.

The 105 HP 1.6 JTDM diesel engine is a flexible and cost that will surprise customers because of its rapid response (in dynamic mode, max. The torque is a generous 320 Nm at just 1750 rpm) combined with extremely low fuel consumption (in the extra cycle is only 3.7 l/100 km). This is possible through a combination of technology and second generation Multijet Start & Stop system. Therefore, it is an engine dedicated to all those who seek a car with character and a distinctive style that gives agility and handling typical of Alfa Romeo is not yet able to combine these with the costs of operation limited.

For customers using the car mostly on the road or who require maximum performance levels of a diesel engine offers the Alfa Romeo 170 2.0 JTDM CV. Again, it is an amalgam of technology that combines second generation Multijet technology with Start & Stop system. The result is a vehicle with the highest levels of performance in its segment, driving extremely flexible (with the selector of DNA to dynamic mode, the available torque at 1,750 rpm is a generous 350 Nm) between power and lower fuel emissions levels in its class for cars with this power (124 g / km of CO2 and 4.1 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle). Thanks to the exceptional qualities of the new compact platform, this version is able to mix a great dynamic, and performance of the car with the comfort and convenience of its segment.

All engines are combined with state-of-the-art six-speed gearbox part of the axis of the transfer of the three survivors, who take and pass a high maximum torque. Later Multiair 170 hp and 2.0 JTDM engines also be combined with an innovative double-speed automatic transmission.

Leader segment of the security, comfort and dynamic behavior

Alfa Romeo Giulietta was designed to achieve the highest Euro NCAP safety rating to provide total protection for driver and passengers. In addition, the new platform designed to ensure maximum interaction of the systems responsible for controlling vehicle dynamics.

All this is controlled by the right "brain" of the vehicle, namely alpha DNA unit, which controls all electronic devices for advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), dual-pinion steering assets, electronic differential Q2, the frequency response and engine torque, braking system with pre-fill function. All these systems guarantee a true Alfa Romeo driving safety, traction and vehicle performance.

The new compact platform, advanced technical solutions for the withdrawal of the work and the materials used, such as high-strength steels, aluminum, magnesium and Xenoy, can meet the needs of most demanding customers in terms of comfort on board the train, and quiet operation, with Juliet at the top of its class even in the convenience of the vehicle.

A wide range of

Designed to meet the diverse needs of car drivers in the C segment in the pursuit of driving pleasure and comfort, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is available in two versions (Progression and Distinctive), with two adaptations (Sport Pack and Premium Pack).

All devices associated with active and passive safety are standard across the range. Version progression comes with the Alfa DNA system (with Q2 electronic differential and DST), VCC (including door-ASR and Hill), 6 airbags, front seat belts with dual pretensioners and front seats with the coup against rabbit standard systems. Standard equipment includes manual air conditioning, 16''wheels front and rear electric windows, trip computer, stereo radio with dual tuner, six speakers and MP3 CD player. The latest version (Distinctive) offers the following services in addition to the standard equipment of the former alloy wheels 16 ", dual automatic climate control, leather steering wheel with radio controls, front armrest with storage compartment, cruise control, fog lights, reconfigurable control panel Competizione cloth seats, front armrest, chrome accents and a style (chrome line) the development of the side windows.

The dashboard on the special version is also characterized by an elegant gray-painted insert magnesium or, alternatively Ghiaccio white, Alfa Red and brushed aluminum.

Customers can further customize their Alfa Romeo Giulietta with two specific packages (Sport and Premium). The first package is designed to highlight the sporting character of the vehicle with specific features to improve the already excellent handling of the car and includes 17''or 18''alufælge, side skirts, sport pedals, sport seats with leather and fabric polished brushed microfiber insert panels in aluminum frames burnished headlights and dark interior (black ceiling lining and pillar).

Customers are looking for more technology and complete on-board equipment, Premium Pack includes bi-Xenon lights with AFS, the Blue & Me system with Bluetooth capability, USB port, MP3 player, radio / cell phone control on the steering wheel, rear parking sensors , rain, night humidity sensors, door mirrors electrically folding and adjustable electrochromic rearview mirror.

If you want to customize their Alfa Romeo Giulietta, customers can also choose from the list of options, including a large panoramic sunroof, navigation system with maps and pop-up screen and a Bose ® Hi-fi. In addition, Blue & Me-TomTom system is also available that adds navigation functions to the functions of Blue & Me ®, thanks to TomTom portable navigation system that integrates seamlessly with your existing systems through a Bluetooth ® interface . TomTom portable navigation system is located on the dashboard using a medium to ensure maximum security in case of impact and full integration with other systems of the car, and improved ergonomics in the daily use.

There is also a special section dedicated to the trim version with 235 hp engine 1750 TBi. This is called Quadrifoglio Verde (four-leaf clover), a legendary brand that has contributed to tracks around the world. Only available on this type of engine, this special edition is distinguished by its ride height lowered sports (15 mm front and 10 mm rear), 17''fælge (18''som an option), a improved system with brake calipers painted Alfa Red, and sports interior, including leather sport seats and microfiber. Everything is designed to provide the best in driving pleasure and the leader segment of the active and passive safety. It offers low power consumption of this effect, the "Quadrifoglio Verde" is reinterpreted for today, combining driving pleasure with greater environmental awareness in the sporting eco-conscious and environmentally friendly.

A new platform for improved handling and agility with comfort and safety

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta presents an entirely new platform - Compact - designed to satisfy the most demanding customers in terms of handling, comfort and passenger safety. Moreover, satisfaction and ride comfort can be tailored to meet specific customer needs through the Alfa DNA switch, a device that adapts the behavior of the vehicle in three different rationales (Dynamic, Normal and All Weather).

The platform of the new covenant is part of the strategy of streamlining the platform of the Fiat Group Automobiles - preceded by the platform for mini and small segments for segments B and L0 - and is a true starting point for engineering solutions because Prior to the introduction of new content, materials used and the levels of performance. The early design stages, the goal was to create a platform for Fiat Group Automobiles future C-segment vehicles, starting with the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta, who was ranked best in class in terms of handling, the feeling management, weight performance, ride comfort, NVH (Noise Vibration hardness), safety (active and passive) and climatic comfort.

So the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a brand new car capable of expressing both great agility of the most demanding routes and providing comfort for daily commuting. In addition, through a specific suspension calibration, offered by the sports package, the sportiness of the new Alfa Giulietta be further strengthened.

Innovative materials and state of the art solutions

First of all, the platform represents a generational leap in terms of materials used. The whole structure is now much stronger and provides better performance without the weight over the previous generation. All this thanks to a more widespread use of high and very high strength materials, which now make up over 90% of the total mass of the system: some of the structural components, designed to provide high strength and ability to absorb the impact with a minimal deformation, is made of hot-extruded steel.

In addition, lightweight materials are used in a number of structural elements bolted to the frame. For example, in front of the bar in the front struts and a third load path is made of extruded aluminum. Rear bumper and a third load path of the energy-absorbing elements are Xenoy (thermoplastic with excellent energy absorption in relation to body weight). The third load path for energy absorption elements to absorb the energy of low speed impact with the barriers and support for the buffering effect with pedestrians. The use of these solutions have been offered a loss of 8.5 kg of weight in front and behind the 4 kg, compared to conventional steel structures, without compromising the security benefits.

Another new feature is the basis of its modularity, which makes it ideal for the family of vehicles of different steps and tracks. This modularity provides a set of floor panels and the central member means, and not affect any part of the front and rear structures. This reduces the weight to a minimum and that the scheme can be applied to other vehicle systems without modification.

Many of the systems and components that make up the "Compact" architecture has been completely reviewed in relation to the previous generation, improving performance and reducing weight (-35% for both, under the rear seats as well as the magnesium cross beam -auto).

Best performance in its class for comfort, handling and safety

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta offers exceptional performance and driving comfort levels mainly due to the new suspension system used. MacPherson strut front suspension, in particular, has been revised to provide maximum stiffness under lateral loads, reducing weight by using aluminum (gain of 4 kg compared with conventional solutions). The multilink rear suspension is a sophisticated, ensuring the best compromise between handling and ride comfort without compromising the boot volume. Again, special attention was paid to reducing weight, and the triangles of aluminum, the suspension allows a reduction in weight over 10 kg compared with conventional systems Multilink.

Also make sure the new system of electric power steering (steering gear part time) an excellent sense of direction and is integrated with the systems of the vehicle active safety. As the name indicates that the solution uses two disks mounted directly on the grill box control. The first gear is directly connected to the steering column and guarantees a direct and precise control, without artificial filters between the steering box and the driver's hands, giving a feeling of true and natural behavior. The second gear again mounted directly on the rack, is connected to the electric motor, located in the engine compartment, thus minimizing the risk of collisions with passengers in an accident.

The climate control system, in particular logic operation has been completely revised and enhanced to ensure the fastest time in the cabin, significantly reducing excessive fuel consumption (30% less than conventional system). Similarly, indicating the technical interventions, noise and vibration values ​​of exceptional quality are achieved.

In terms of passive safety were the Alfa Romeo Giulietta product to reach the maximum Euro NCAP, as evidenced by more than fifteen thousand hours of mathematical modeling, 80 crash tests, 150 tests at a sliding HyGe and more than 100 tests on components and subsystems. In detail, the increase in new third load step, the energy absorption potential way ahead of the vehicle and reduces the forces of inertia and the intrusion of the cabin, ensuring maximum protection for passengers the gravity greater impact. Security is guaranteed with six airbags (standard on the entire surface), the three-point seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, a collapsible pedal unit and steering column generation anti-whiplash system second and ISOFIX attachments.

Finally, in terms of active safety, a new platform for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is designed to combine the in-car systems and exploit them fully, which emphasizes the establishment of the three functions (Dynamic, Normal and All Weather), through the Alfa DNA switch. This device is standard on the entire region, is to change the operating parameters of the engine, transmission (with automatic), steering system, electronic differential Q2 and the braking system, in addition to the behavior of the logic of the Vehicle Dynamic Control ( VDC). Alfa Romeo also use pre-filled - a new function - activated when the DNA is set to dynamic, which offers the driver the fastest possible brake response. Under certain conditions, ie

when the controller detects a dangerous situation requiring a quick braking, the brake system is under pressure for a moment before the driver actually hits the brake pedal, to ensure the fastest possible response of the system and thus reduce the distance vehicle braking.

These sophisticated features that improve the vehicle dynamic control is supported by other Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), a feature that provides a response of torque to the wheel helps the driver to perform critical maneuvers correctly before surgery to prevent loss VDC control.

Sporty and comfortable, Italian style

Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo is the result of a new approach to style and technique, which began 8C Competizione supercar, and the names of stress to return to Italy, on the other hand refers to the glorious past of the brand, and on the other hand we want the future of technology and emotional values.

The perfect blend of sportiness and style, the new car, characterized by its distinctive look that combines compact size - it is 4.35 meters long, 1.46 meters high and 1.80 meters wide, with a wheelbase of 2, 63 meters - with an excellent onboard comfort and a spacious boot (350 liters). Furthermore, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta dynamic look is reinforced by: a front of high power with inimitable Alfa Romeo down, a muscular profile, extended to two fatty folds, and a sporty spoiler on the back and through the window highly inclined to the rear.

Exterior design: the perfect blend of sportiness and elegance

The front features a completely new interpretation of aa classic shield built into the front bumper and suspended between the ventilation holes. This is the starting point for designing the entire car, combining an energetic shape with elegant significantly. Every effort has been made more attractive by the surface cover and lights in a vertical position. In addition, the exterior finish of the car that emphasizes sportiness and elegance in its form as in the treatment of horizontal bars and bright V-shaped shield that gives the front end of a high light output quality.

Even the profile of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is full of personality, which makes the car model as a flexible and robust. This is mainly due to the side windows that recall the look of a coupe, highlighting the dynamism and fluidity of form, thanks to the hidden rear door handles and the play of light on the wheel arches and side skirts. Quadrifoglio Verde different versions and has a bright steel (chrome line) side window moldings, windows highlighting the cut in a sophisticated manner. The ribs on both sides of the vehicle appear to lengthen the car, while the clean lines that end in the back accentuate the angular shape of the body.

The back and side as before, display different lines underlining the feeling of a handful of muscle car of the road surface. In addition, the back is the epitome of efficient use of space with a large rear tailgate mounted on a generous based on the appearance of muscle columns. Finally, the bumper meets the plate and depending on the version, integrated exhaust outlets.

Clusters of light on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a separate entry. Both headlights and rear lights use LED technology, which compared to conventional bulbs can afford higher brightness, high reliability and low power consumption (and thus with a positive impact on emissions), the life and times much faster response (in case of braking, for example.) Therefore, the LED technology not only allows for an elegant, but also the operating costs of security, reliability and reduction.

Headlights also an integrated daylight (known as daytime running lights) that - when the engine is started - connects automatically to specific LEDs are designed to provide maximum visibility during the day with low power consumption and long life long (this function complies with the European standard, which will come into force in 2012).

The headlights are available in two versions: with halogen or serial with optional bi-xenon headlights with AFS to provide a better quality of light output (with or without lights), an excellent performance in all weather conditions and longer life (compared to normal headlamps equipped with halogen lamps, these devices treble brightness and duration). The other AFS ensures maximum visibility and safety, even in corners or bends, which allows you to direct the beams in the direction in which the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is driving for up to 15 °.

Inner edge for maximum well-being on board

The interior was designed for, and for maximum passenger space, comfort and enjoyment of the car so the trip - long or short - is a pleasant experience on board the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. What's more, the interior has been designed to ensure that practical for everyday use for customers, while the selected materials to ensure the best possible quality and duration of the performance period, as well as the expression Italian style evolved.

In particular, a new model emphasizes the concept of lightness, as shown by clean lines and the instrument panel that extends horizontally, increasing the dynamism of the total. Moreover, thanks to improved ergonomics and interior design, each switch is in an ideal position: the most important are grouped in the center of the dashboard and switches in the same model as the 8C Competizione, while ensuring an easy and immediate access.

The navigation system with pop-up display, located on top of the dashboard and allows drivers to plot the route and the operating parameters using the mechanical device Alfa DNA safely without having to take your eyes off the road.

The interior of new cars are complemented by comfortable seats that offer maximum comfort in the car, but the journey is long. There are handy storage compartment located in various parts of the cabin in front of the shifter on the center console and interior trim on the doors. There are storage compartments closed - depending on the version - at the top of the dashboard instrument panel facing the front passenger (cooled with dual zone climate control) and front and rear armrests.

What colors and fabrics, the version Progression is clearly a high-tech feel, while the black cab, playing against the gray metal roof, pillars, dash inserts and steering wheel. The appearance of the belt based high-tech and sporty, emphasizing electric welded mobile 3D.

Distinctive in the version of the car's interior is characterized by a combination of black and metallic silver dash insert (also available in two body colors, white, red and Alpha polished aluminum or satin). Unlike the Progression version, the seats are covered with a structure, high-tech fabric with a horizontal electric welding in two different colors (black and gray metallic). Leather steering wheel has a matte black bezel, while the more doors and cut about the transmission of high-gloss black.

Finally, the leather seats are available - black, red, tan and gray - two different interpretations: perforated leather center "cannelloni" or braided leather inspired by the 8C Competizione.
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