Alfa Romeo has announced a series of revisions to its MiTo supermini range – and some of them seem a little bit bizarre.
The MiTo range has been rationalised from 17 versions down to just nine – fair enough – along with the introduction of new trim levels. But at the same time it seems to be taking a technologically backwards step with some of the engine changes.
Alfa Romeo MiTo: new trim levels
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo trim levels are as follows.
Progression becomes the new entry-level version, and is available with a 1.4-litre 8v petrol engine producing 78bhp. This replaces the previous 95bhp 1.4-litre 16v engine – reducing emissions, but also power. Still you get start-stop as standard, improving fuel economy.
Above this, the Sprint replaces the old Turismo and Lusso specifications, and is available with the 1.4 8v petrol of the 1.4 TB MultiAir turbo petrol – providing a much more satisfying 105bhp (as well as lower emissions and better economy than the 1.4 16v).
You can also have the Sprint with an 85bhp 1.3-litre JDTm-2 turbodiesel engine. This replaces the previous 95bhp unit. Again you get less power, but the upshot is 95g/km CO2 emissions for zero car tax and congestion charge fees.
Above the Sprint sits the new Distinctive model line. This is available with two versions of the 1.4 TB turbo petrol offering 105bhp and 135bhp (the latter can be paired with Alfa’s TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox at additional cost), or a 120bhp 1.6-litre JTDm-2 turbodiesel.
Finally, the range-topping Cloverleaf hot hatch has been renamed the Quadrifoglio Verde – which is the same thing, only in Italian, and the reason behind the historically famous QV badge. There are no engine alterations here, so it retains the 170bhp version of the 1.4 TB turbopetrol.
Few details, but lower prices
Since Alfa hasn’t released any other details at this stage – including the claimed improvements in mpg and emissions – the only other thing we can tell you is that Metal Bronze becomes a new paint option. Sprint and Progression buyers can also specify Sprint Bronze interior upholstery to go with it. Lovely.
One upside to the new range is a reduction in the pricing. The basic Progession model now costs £12,250 – £40 less than the Junior before – rising to £17,955 for the Quadrifoglio Verde; this is £410 less than the previous Cloverleaf.
The new range will be on sale at Alfa Romeo dealers this month.
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