The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta has gone on sale with revised styling, enhanced specification, new technology, a simplified range structure and a new engine and transmission combination.
The updated front-end styling features a new honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts (with red highlights on sporty models) and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The new look is complemented by new Alfa Romeo and Giulietta badge designs, new alloy wheels, revised tail pipes and two new colours: Alfa White and Lipari Grey.
Meanwhile the interior gets revised seat trim, dashboard and door panel finishes, a new trip computer display and a Uconnect infotainment system with smartphone-enabled LIVE services including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, Facebook and Twitter check in, eco:Drive and my:Car services and traffic updates for navigation-equipped models.
Making its debut on the new Giulietta is Alfa Performance, a new service specifically created to enhance the driving experience. Using an array of digital gauges and instruments, drivers can control the main parameters of the car, measure their performance using special timers and see driving statistics on their smartphone, in addition to receiving real-time driving tips. The service is available on Uconnect 6.5” Radio Nav Live.
Under the bonnet there’s now the option of combining the 120hp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel engine with the ALFA TCT twin dry-clutch transmission. Employing second-generation MultiJet technology with a variable-geometry turbo charger, this engine produces 120hp at 3,750rpm and 320Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm and, when paired with the ALFA TCT transmission, it can be used as an automatic or as a manual, by slotting the gear selector into its sequential gate or with the steering wheel paddle shifters.
This engine and transmission combination has a top speed of 121mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 10.2 seconds, while its official combined cycle fuel-economy and emissions figures matches those of the manual version, returning 74.3 mpg with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
In the UK, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s model range features five trim levels: [Standard], Super, Tecnica, Speciale and Veloce. Prices range from £18,450 to £28,480 on the road.