Alfa Giulia Base-02

The head of Alfa Romeo, Fabrizio Curci, has admitted to Autocar UK that the company’s four-door Giulia sedan has been plagued by engineering issues, delaying its market launch by “a few weeks.”

At the same time, the Alfa boss denied previous allegations that the delay would go up to six months, and was caused by the Giulia failing to pass official European crash tests.

“Not one single screw is a carryover — this car is all new, and we wanted to launch it with the right quality from the start, but that caused a delay of maybe some weeks, certainly not months,” said Curci.

“There is no more to say than that. The car is ready, and it meets every requirement that has been set for it by the regulators and again internally by us,” he added. As it stands, the Giulia could make its first market debut in the US. The publication also says that the model will only debut in the UK at the end of the year.

The top-spec, 505 hp turbo V6-powered Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September last year. At the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, Alfa took the covers off its standard versions of the car. There will be a 2.0 litre turbo petrol variant that makes 197 hp, and two tunes of a 2.2 litre turbodiesel, delivering 178 hp and 148 hp.

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo Giulia

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio