The most powerful versions of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be equipped with passive variable dampers rather the electronic units used on the Mito.
Justifying the decision, an Alfa insider said: "They provide 80 per cent of the performanc eof the electronic dampers for 20 per cent of the cost."
The Giulietta 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.