Teaser video reveals first shots of new Alfa in the metal
15 February 2010

A promotional video showing the Alfa Romeo Giulietta in the metal for the first time has been released.

In between close up shots of the car, which will officially be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, there are some clear, full car shots.

See the official Alfa Romeo Giulietta pics

See the Alfa Romeo Giulietta teaser video picture

Watch the Alfa Romeo Giulietta video on You Tube here

Alfa plans to launch the Giulietta in Italy in late March. The UK launch will coincide with the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, where Alfa Romeo will be the featured marque.

The car will be made as a five-door only. It features a Golf-sized rear compartment but a coupe-like roofline and disguised rear door handles (as used on the 147) to enhance its sporting credentials.

Suspension is MacPherson struts at the front and a new multi-link design at the rear.

At 4.35m in length, the car is 130mm longer than the Golf or the 147. The 2.63m wheelbase is about 50mm longer than the Golf’s or 147’s, and although its extra length makes it look low, it is 50mm higher than the car it replaces.

Alfa engineers say rear seat space and boot capacity are “the same or bigger” than a Golf’s and that the overall weight is “a little bit heavier” than a comparable 147’s, even though the body-in-white is lighter.

Buyers will be offered three different designs of 16in, 17in and 18in wheel - a thick-spoke design, a multi-spoke and Alfa’s familiar ‘telephone dial’ design.

A range of the Fiat Group’s transversely mounted four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, all turbocharged, will drive the front wheels, ranging from a 120bhp 1.4-litre petrol to a 170bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Later next year there will be a 230bhp Cloverleaf model.

All Giuliettas will eventually be available with Fiat’s Multiair electro-hydraulic valve actuation. And all get automatic stop-start as standard.

The line-up will feature five and six-speed manual gearboxes, but Fiat is working on a semi-auto twin-clutch alternative. The cars will get Alfa’s DNA suspension and engine settings system.

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26 January 2010

A 50mm increase in wheelbase is welcome but the other 80mm in length has unfortunately gone into the front overhang.

26 January 2010

Lets hope they've made this drive miles better than the Mito I tested a couple of weeks ago. That was such a let down to me

26 January 2010

[quote superstevie]Lets hope they've made this drive miles better than the Mito I tested a couple of weeks ago. That was such a let down to me[/quote] x 2.

Although the latest versions of Mito seem to be better sorted, the car's chassis and steering seemed poorly developed at launch. Can't fathom why a company like Alfa that's been around for so long and has such an engineering pedigree, can't get these things right!

Let's hope they get the Giulietta right from day one.

26 January 2010

Totally agree. It gripped well, and the 1.4t 120bhp car I drove was pretty quick, but the ride was no better than my smart, and the only way I can describe the steering is that the steering wheel is connected to the front wheels by elastic bands. Really must try harder with the Giulietta!

26 January 2010

Nice teaser video...can hardly wait for the car to arrive now :)

26 January 2010

Shame the designers seem to have forgotten to leave space for the occupants.

26 January 2010

It's unfortunate but the old mantra about Alfa's still haunts the car world , most of the forum replys say more or less the same thing, quality, the lack of it!, no confidence that it'll get you home again syndrome!, it's a shame because Alfa have given us some bit he back of your hand stuff (Alfa GT),as i've said, a real shame.

Peter Cavellini.

26 January 2010

Think your living in the past, have you seen the latest JD Power survey results in Germany, ALFA Romeo finished 2nd, tied with Mercedes and ahead off all the German brands.

Have you driven a new ALFA in the past 3 years, its like night and day!

Have to say though their diesel engines are far better than their petrol ones.

26 January 2010

[quote scoch]

Think your living in the past, have you seen the latest JD Power survey results in Germany, ALFA Romeo finished 2nd, tied with Mercedes and ahead off all the German brands.

Have you driven a new ALFA in the past 3 years, its like night and day!

Have to say though their diesel engines are far better than their petrol ones.

[/quote]

Spot on.

I've had my Alfa for 4 years and had one for two years before that, no problems at all.

The build quality is now very good.

The likes of Clarkson living in the past does not help.

26 January 2010

Alfas aren't bad cars, they just emply baboons to sell and service them.

The new cars looks good and it will no doubt drive well but better than a Golf? I doub't it!

Never mind, if it flops we will all see it again as a rehashed Chrysler with fat bumpers and giant cup holders.

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