Alfa Romeo’s new Giulietta targets family hatchback buyers, offering sharp looks and high-tech gadgetry.
Alfa Romeo has released the first details of its new family-size, Ford Focus-rivalling hatchback. Named the Giulietta, it will replace the ageing 147 in spring 2010.
Looking sharp with a pointy new rendition of the traditional Alfa grille and a coupé-like profile – that’s actually a five-door in the pictures – it also promises to be packed with technology.
Alfa DNA as standard
The Giulietta becomes the second car to get the Alfa Romeo DNA system as standard. Having debuted on the Alfa Mito, this allows the driver to select from Dynamic, Normal and All Weather (hence ‘DNA’) driving modes, changing the characteristics of the suspension, steering, throttle response – and even the electronic stability control system.
In addition to this, Alfa is promising ‘next-generation steering’ – whatever that may be – while the car itself is based on an all-new platform constructed from a combination of aluminium and high-strength steel. This should ensure low weight and impressive rigidity. Audi uses a similar process for its current TT.
Alfa Giulietta engines
Under the bonnet, buyers will initially find a choice of turbocharged engines only.
There are two 1.4-litre petrols offering 118bhp and 167bhp – the latter using efficiency- and performance-enhancing MultiAir technology. A pair of second generation JTDM turbodiesels give 103bhp in 1.6-litre guise and 167bhp in 2.0-litre. All four engines feature stop-start technology and are Euro V emissions compliant.
Topping the range is the 1750 TBi, a sprightly 231bhp petrol turbo only available in ‘Quadrifoglio Verde’ specification – meaning the return of Alfa’s famous ‘QV’ badge.
Design cues from 8C supercar
Exterior design features include LED lighting all round and concealed rear door handles. The interior design has apparently been influenced by the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione supercar – but this doesn’t stop it having a 350-litre boot. The company expects the Giulietta to achieve the full five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta will make its public world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. Prices and full specification information will be announced nearer this time.
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