New Alfa hatch makes its UK debut at Goodwood
19 March 2010

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has made its UK debut at the launch of Goodwood's summer motorsport season.

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The Giulietta replaces the 147 and has been through three name changes already. Originally called 148, it was then renamed Milano. That name has now been changed due to pressure from Alfa workers in the firm's home city of Milan, who are unhappy with the use of the name following Alfa's decision to relocate to Turin. The firm has now settled on calling it Giulietta.

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. The shape draws obvious influence from both the outgoing 147 and the new Mito supermini, but it looks more modern than either.

It has the most striking three-dimensional version of Alfa’s shield grille yet, supported by two prominent lower lateral air intakes. The muscular sculpting of the body sides leads to prominent rear haunches, with twin exhausts and a diffuser beneath a rear panel whose LED tail-lights echo shapes pioneered in the 156.

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

Inside, the Giulietta echoes the twin-binnacle, driver-oriented fascia design that Alfas have traditionally used, but with the familiar centre stack replaced with a simplified, lateral panel. The interior uses novel trim textures and body-coloured metal to signify a change from Alfa traditions.

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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.

Alfa’s production targets for the car are aggressive. It aims to make as many as 100,000 cars a year when the model has been launched in all markets, against a predicted Mito volume of 60,000-plus.

After a lengthy spell in the doldrums, Alfa’s volume is tipped to rise from 107,000 units in 2007 to about 115,000 this year and about 140,000 in 2010, with further expansion after that if the car gets off to a good start. Alfa officials say it is too early to forecast pricing but emphasise the fact that, like that of the Mito, it will be very competitive.

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25 February 2010

Interior looks simple and nicer than on the old '47.

Exterior looks nice too, maybe would have been better looking with a sharper nose...

25 February 2010

But will it drive and sound like an Alfa? Will it have a nice twin cam snarl and will pop and rumble on the overrun? Cam Fiat's MultiAir units measure up to powering an Alfa Romeo? Or will it just be a Bravo with quick steering and sporty seats?

25 February 2010

[quote Challenger440] Or will it just be a Bravo with quick steering and sporty seats?[/quote]

No, it's not based on the Bravo, its a new platform

25 February 2010

230bhp should be plenty.

25 February 2010

wow, she looks gorgeous!! with every new pic released the stunning Giulietta looks better & better.

when its finally time to retire my 166, i'll be getting one no doubt about it!

25 February 2010

Yes I'm an Alfa fan and maybe this will be taken as bias but this car gets better looking the more I see, and hopefully this will be the case when we see it in the flesh. I still prefer the front on the 159/Brera to this but no doubt it will be the best looking and if Alfa are to be believed the best handling car in it's class.

25 February 2010

a nice design without the alfa romeo soul_cuore sportivo still missing

25 February 2010

The big question though is will it stay together? I love Alfas and I'm considering one for my next car but the 159 was reviewed in The Sunday Times and Autoexpress this week and neither review was great. Quality and reliability not good.

I'm sure some of you can cite examples of a great Alfa they've bought (and the German JD Power survey) but this is what puts the masses off.

Let's hope the Giulietta/Mito will be the start of a new beginning but how many times have we all heard this before?

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

26 February 2010

Has there been a subtle change in the X-scaling of these photos? It looks considerably less chunky than in in previous pictures.

Given the mood on the forum, I'd best not give my opinion on the looks, as I haven't driven it yet...

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

26 February 2010

To reply to your doubts about quality and reliability, I test drove an alfa Romeo 159 and a BMW 3 series recently and in my honest opinon the alfa Romeo shades it for quality and finish! I know it's hard to believe but it's true! The 3 series interior is not that incredible, it's just hyped up by the media.On the road, we're talking fractions and split hairs between the two. Car reviews in the UK magazines are very biased towards BMW and Ford cars in general Ive noticed. I therefore think it's better to testdrive the car yourself to make your own verdict! My mother just bought a alfa Romeo mito, and shes absolutley delighed with it! It has excellent build quality with an interior that would shame cars of a £30,000 plus price category! Also the JD power survey is just aload of rubbish! Isn't it ironic that for so many years Toyota came always top in it!! Well now look at Toyota! so, you see, it doesn't mean anything!


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