The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a double-edged sword: On one hand, it’s undeniably one of the best enthusiast-focused luxury cars on the market today, but sales for the mid-size sedan have tumbled in recent years due to its age and a consumer preference for SUVs and pickup trucks. Alfa’s not throwing in the towel yet, though, and for 2023 has added one new trim and reintroduced an old one to the existing Giulia lineup with the Estrema and Lusso, respectively.
New Trims Beef Up Existing Model Lineup
The Estrema is based on the Veloce, and Alfa Romeo claims that it’s supposed to be a middle ground between the luxe Veloce and top-tier Quadrifoglio in terms of performance. While the Estrema doesn’t get the Quadrifoglio’s spicy 505-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine — it still comes with the base 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder — the new trim does get a limited-slip differential as well as an adaptive suspension system to help sharpen its handling manners.
Meanwhile, the Lusso is meant to add more luxury touches to the Ti trim. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the Lusso was previously available as a package on the Ti when the Giulia debuted in 2017, then made a separate trim for model-years 2018-20, then demoted to a package again for 2021 before being briefly discontinued for 2022. In its return form, Lusso variants get cream-color leather seating surfaces and leather trim on the upper dashboard and door panels, plus a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.
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Order books for the 2023 Giulia are now open. Pricing starts at $45,875 for the base Sprint trim, up about $1,000 over 2022. Pricing for the 2023 Giulia is as follows except for the Lusso, which will be confirmed later (all prices include destination):
- Sprint: $45,875
- Ti: $47,915
- Lusso: TBD (later availability)
- Veloce: $51,515
- Estrema: $57,015
- Quadrifoglio: $81,355
A 280-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard on all but the range-topping Quadrifoglio, which swaps it out for the aforementioned 505-hp V-6. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available for $2,000 except on the Quadrifoglio, which only comes in RWD.
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