The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (type 940) is a five-door small family car (segment C), formerly known as Alfa Romeo 149. Its production started in late 2009 and was introduced in March 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. It has since been commercialised, replacing the Alfa Romeo 147. During its development, its internal code was Progetto 940.
Giulietta was introduced to Italian merchants on 22 and 23 May 2010. The length of the Giulietta is 4.35 meters, premiering the new compact modular platform of Automobiles called C-Evo, which is expected to be adopted from 2013 by the next generation of Fiat Bravo (2007) and Lancia Delta. This same platform, widened and elongated, will serve as the basis for the future Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Safety and Driving Aids
It is the safest car in segment C according to the results of passive safety tests carried out by the European organization Euro NCAP, obtaining 97% protection for adults. The standard safety equipment also includes the Alfa DNA system, Q2 electronic differential with DST, Alfa Romeo VDC stability control (with ASR and hill holder), Prefill system, 6 airbags, and front belts with double pre tensioner and front seats with "anti whiplash" system.
The main element of the "Q2" system is a limited-slip self-locking differential, mechanical type Torsen. Faced with a traditional differential that distributes the same torque value to both wheels equally, the Q2 allows, through special gears, to distribute the torque between the front-drive wheels in a dynamic and constant way, according to the driving conditions and the road surface. The system also allows simultaneously that in a curve the inner wheel turns less than the outside, although the latter receives less torque.
Since 2008 the new Alfa Romeo models were abandoning the Q2 system to adopt an electronic system called Electronic Q2 that simulates the effects of the mechanical differential but is the absence of it.
In demanding driving conditions or low grip, at the moment when the inner wheel loses grip due to the lightening of the suspension due to lateral load transmission, the Q2 system partially transmits the torque towards the outer wheel, obtaining lower understeer, better stability, and faster-cornering speed. Also, it is possible to avoid the performance of the vehicle stability control systems that restrict the power of the engine, resulting in greater traction capacity at the curve exit.
The car proved to be extremely safe during the Euro NCAP impact tests it underwent in May 2010. The Giulietta achieved the maximum score of 5 stars, and excellent specific ratings, making it the safest medium sedan ever. On 27 January 2011, the same Euro NCAP awarded the Giulietta as one of the 5 safest cars of 2010, in particular as the safest car in the Small Family category.
According to Euro NCAP data, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is currently (first quarter 2013) the safest car in its category and has remained for three years, with a result of 97 out of 100, the safest car in Europe for both driver and driver until 2013, when the record was taken from it, with a result of 98 out of 100, from the Volvo V40.
It is also among the safest cars for child protection (85 points out of 100) and against pedestrians (65 points out of 100). The car was also subjected to checks and checks on active safety devices (assisted safety devices) totaling 86 points out of 100; a score exceeded only by the V40 in 2013.
The 2016 model underwent a new Euro NCAP test in 2017 totaling a score of 3 stars out of 5. The reduction compared to the previous test is due to the absence of the most recent active and passive safety systems, such as active bonnet, AEB for pedestrians, urban and extra-urban AEB, speed limitation and assistance system for lane maintenance (lane assist).
The standard equipment is completed on all models with manual climate control, 16-inch wheels, electric front windows, and travel computer. The Blue & Me system will also be available as standard or as an option throughout the range.
The Giulietta is designed with a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating target. Giulietta has numerous standard electronic devices such as Dynamic Steering Torque (DST), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Q2 electronic differential, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and the Alfa Romeo DNA selector that permits the driver to select from three different driving settings; Dynamic, Normal and All-Weather.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta represented a reactive headrest with a 5-star rating and earned a total score of 87/100 on Euro NCAP safety tests. This result makes the Alfa Romeo Giulietta the safest compact car ever.
The engine range comprises of 1.4 T-Jet petrol and M-Jet diesel engine family; all come with a turbo. Customers can choose either a 6-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch dry transmission. Alfa Romeo Giulietta uses a new engine that uses a system known as the Multiair.
The system increases torque by 20% and reduces emissions by a similar amount. All of this technology is applied to increase the fun factor giving higher and better positive throttle response. All engines except the 1750 TBI have a Start & Stop system and are all rated as Euro5. The flagship model has a 1.7L turbo engine - the 1750 TBi - with 235 hp and a unique Quadrofoglio Verde configuration.
Restyling in 2013
In September 2013, the car received a restyling that consisted of slight aesthetic adjustments to the front, concentrated on the fog lights (now with a chrome frame) and on the shield, which was redesigned and was the most obvious intervention on the exterior.
The interiors receive more updates, new "V" steering wheel, and redesigned central dashboard, the old instruments with rocker buttons are replaced by an interactive console with a 5-inch touch screen or with touch navigation integrated 6.5-inch new generation and new upgraded connectivity devices including the Uconnect.
New materials, new workings of surfaces and new color combinations and the possibility of customizing the color of the frame that surrounds the dashboard were also redesigned.
With the restyling, Alfa Romeo takes the opportunity to equip the Giulietta with a new generation diesel engine called JTDm2: the third generation 2.0 has improvements that allow gaining more power and lower consumption, without intervening on the geometry.
The engine, which now earns 10 hp, uses new injectors that allow more precise fuel delivery. This precision is given by an unprecedented balanced hydraulic servo-valve which allows up to 8 injections to be managed per cycle. It is also a much simpler injection system that reduces emissions and improves the quietness of the engine as well as making driving more enjoyable and smooth.
The 2.0 170 bhp diesel engine is also updated, gaining 5 bhp, now only equipped with a TCT dual-clutch gearbox.
During the second half of 2015, the 1.6 120 hp euro 6 diesel engine is listed, the Competizione and Sprint Speciale versions are converted to euro 6.
Restyling in 2016
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the second restyling of Giulietta's career is presented; the most evident renewal is in the front, where the Alfa Romeo badge is redesigned according to the new family feeling introduced in the previous months by the Giulia, and a black molding is added on the lower part of the bumper.
The changes concerning the rear are more contained, which contains the word "GIULIETTA" in new characters as well as adopting, as in the front, the new brand of the house. At the same time, the list was restructured introducing new versions: the Giulietta base, the Super, the Business and the Fast (the latter replaces the Quadrifoglio Verde no longer present in the range).
On the mechanical side, it is presented the engine 1.6 Multijet 120 hp coupled to the transmission TCT to double-clutch dry with specific relationships.
As far as on-board infotainment is concerned, the multimedia system is improved (from 5 "or 6.5"), now also combined with features connected to social networks and engine parameters, the graphics of the dashboard and the internal combinations are also modified.
On the aesthetic side, new alloy wheels, new burnished headlights with a house logo, and red profiles on the bumpers reserved for the Veloce models or with an exclusive pack are also introduced.
Update of 2019 Model
For the 2019 Giulietta model, the engines have been updated with a 2.0 liter 170 PS Multijet, Euro 6 D, Alfa TCT automation transmission, a 1.4 liter with 120 PS turbo petrol and 1.6 liters with manual 120 PS Multijet.