22.11.2011 ALFA ROMEO TO ADD LPG OPTION TO GIULIETTA RANGE IN BOLOGNA

ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA 120 CV 1.4 TURBO LPG 2012

Alfa Romeo will have one new model version to show off on the occasion of next month's Bologna Motor Show as it will add an LPG version to the Giulietta range; the Euro 5 120 CV 1.4 Turbo bi-fuel model will come with the 5-door hatchback's usual three specification levels. The smaller MiTo already offers an LPG version meaning that this fuel option is now effectively completed across the Alfa Romeo production range.

Equipped with the Euro 5-compliant 120 CV 1.4 Turbo bi-fuel engine, the new Giulietta LPG will be available in three different trim levels (Giulietta, Progression and Distinctive) for all major European markets, and it boasts leading category performance and running costs. Specifically, with maximum power of 120 CV (88 kW) at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque of 206 Nm (21 kgm) at 1,750 rpm, the Giulietta LPG reaches a capable top speed of 195 km/h while accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds.

Compared with petrol and diesel fuel, LPG cuts particulate emissions to zero and slashes the emission of other pollutant substances (up to 15% less carbon dioxide, up to 20% less carbon monoxide and up to 60% less unburnt hydrocarbons). Thanks to these characteristics, LPG prolongs the life of the engine and improves the quality of the environment. Moreover, LPG supply is exempt from the restrictions of accessing city centres and ecological traffic restrictions, and it lets you park in car parks up to level -1. At the same time, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta LPG supply does not affect car performance, which is comparable to a petrol version.

Lastly, it must be remembered that LPG is a much cheaper fuel than petrol, diesel or methane (the price per litre is about 50% less than unleaded petrol) and the distribution network is widespread throughout Europe, with more than 10,000 points of sale.

Unlike a "transformation" in the aftermarket, the 120 CV 1.4 LPG Turbo engine has been redesigned for integration of the LPG system by using specific materials and components and applying dedicated technology. In detail, this engine has valves and valve seats with configurations and materials specially designed for LPG operation. It is equipped with a special intake system and all the additional electrical wiring already built-in. What's more, for this engine Alfa Romeo has developed a brand-new single engine control unit able to manage both types of fuel. Moreover, the LPG system is factory-fitted for maximum reliability and integration (each car is certified, tested and guaranteed by Alfa Romeo Automobiles and, as such, can take advantage of the government incentive schemes in various European countries).

The Giulietta Turbo LPG always starts up on petrol and switches automatically to LPG when optimal conditions are achieved (engine water temperature, minimum engine rpm threshold). It is of course possible to switch from one fuel to another whilst driving by pressing a special button built into the dashboard on the central tunnel. If the driver finishes the LPG inside the tank, switching to petrol operation takes place automatically to ensure a smooth drive.

The toroid type (ring-shaped) LPG tank has a 38-litre capacity and is located in the spare wheel housing. The LPG tank is certified in accordance with current regulations to provide safety in all environmental and operating conditions. In Italy, the tank has a life of 10 years from the registration date of the car. If the car has been registered in another country, the LPG tank duration and testing/inspection procedures may vary depending on the national regulations in force in that country.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 120 CV 1.4 Turbo LPG - Technical Specifications
 

Support Italiaspeed

 

2011 Interfuture Media/Italiaspeed