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Since the merger of Fiat Group Automobiles and Chrysler Corporation was announced, the framework for installing a greater dose of Italian content from the former company in the United States and Canada was laid. With Dodge, Chrysler and the Ram brand all heavily driven by Fiat's European influence heading into the 2017 model year, the door had also opened to a pair of brands that returned following meager presence on Canadian roads for years. The Fiat 500 that arrived in late 2010 brought one of the world's oldest running automobile brands back and has been reinforced by added models including the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gave Alfa Romeo a new chance to shine again in upper part of North America (the brand had already been present in Mexico in recent years). Following the arrival of the 4C sports car and the 4C Spider that came in 2015, the Alfa Romeo name is prepared to adorn a new sedan for 2017.
A new vehicle on a global scale, the Alfa Romeo Giulia stands as a premium performance sedan boasting available all-wheel drive, an exterior and interior exploring athletic stance as well as potent turbocharged powerplants. The Giulia is assembled as Alfa Romeo's first four-door sold in Canada after a roughly 22-year absence. Naturally a more sophisticated vehicle in technology and design than the Alfa Romeo 164 sedan, the newest Italian sport sedan will be equipped with standard heated leather seats, Formula 1-styled steering wheel, 6.5-inch infotainment screen, bi-xenon headlight with LED daytime running lights and a stature promoted by a near 50/50 weight balance for optimized handling.
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In preparations for the early 2017 release of the Alfa Romeo, the Italian-built sedan's pricing information for the Canadian market presents the vehicle entering within premium company. The base 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia equipped with a 280-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter engine will start at $48,995. The amount for the Giulia is slightly less than the 2016 Cadillac CTS 2.0t but less than an all-wheel drive version of the 300-horsepower Infiniti Q50. Upgrading to all-wheel drive on the 2017 Giulia can be accomplished through an additional $2,000. The all-wheel drive option is also available on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti sedan featuring greater luxury content at a $50,995 trim level starting price. Expanded equipment items included on the 2017 Giulia Ti includes 18-inch wheels, front park sensors and real wood accents in the cabin area.
Advertised as the performance pinnacle for the new sedan is the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Fitted with a 505-horsepower 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine, this high-performance sedan boasts 0 to 60-mile per hour (0 to 96.5 kilometer per hour) acceleration in just 3.8 seconds helping to make the car Alfa Romeo's fastest four-door ever produced. The high-powered Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio will sell for a starting price of $87,995 in Canada equipped with auto racing inspired Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber Sparco racing seats upholstered with leather and Alcantara, torque vectoring differential as well as a 300-kilometer per hour speedometer.
Although the premium pricing of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia may not be a massive obstacle for the vehicle, another factor may play a role in exclusivity for the Italian sedan. Currently in Canada, there is only 7 authorized Alfa Romeo dealerships listed situated in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.