It’s ruled out for this year, but next year’s a different story.
Right now you can head over to your local Alfa Romeo dealership and buy either a 280- or 505-hp Giulia sedan. Both are brilliant, especially the latter, but there’s definitely a power gap in between that really ought to be filled. As it turns out, Car and Driver has learned from Twitter user Bozi Tatarevic, who sourced Mopar Tech Authority (FCA’s OEM service site), that a new 350-hp 2.0-liter engine option could be in the cards for US buyers.
However, and this is important to bear in mind, this exact engine and output is also listed as being a part of FCA’s global service info. Point being, we don’t know yet whether or not it’s US-bound. Alfa Romeo’s US product communications manager, Berj Alexanian, clarified there are “No new plans for any other engines for Giulia in North America for 2018 model year besides the 2.0L and 2.9L versions.” Fair enough, but nothing was said about 2019 or beyond. It’s still a bit early to see 2019 model year vehicles arrive, so time will tell on this one. A mid-range 350-HP Giulia Veloce would certainly do the brand good, especially since one of the Giulia’s chief rivals, the BMW 3 Series, offers a trim with similar output.
Therefore, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this Giulia Veloce trim debut sometime next year, say at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Another plus side for potential buyers is price. The 505-hp Giulia QV only begins at nearly $80,000 – far out of reach for many. The base Giulia, on the other hand, starts at around $38k, so figure the Veloce starting at around $50-$55k.