More pictures of the 147 replacement
21 December 2009

More pictures of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta have been released.

The pictures show more angles of the Alfa 147 replacement, plus close up details including the front end and lamp clusters.

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Alfa's future under review

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.

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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21 December 2009

I still think it looks like a cheap chinese knockoff of the bastard love child of a new Megane, and a new Astra

in short, crap!

21 December 2009

Looks aside, I bet it will be bland to drive - seeking to be a Golf, but not quite managing it.

Keep it reliable, but strip all the heavy pointless rubbish out of the interior (10 zone climate control!?), make the handling crisp, the engine zingy and the exhaust pop on the overrun - then they might be back to ward what an Alfa should be - and something that a Golf isn't.

21 December 2009

Stunning Car. Gosh!! I am in love with Alfas... what beautiful interiors and rear angle. Especially in red. Well Done Alfa!! Understated and gorgeous!!

I know people here will say rubbish and in a day or two this thread will grow in number like no other shows how much a brand is talked about. Alfa is certainly the one that stirs emotions that for sure.

Anyway hopefully it drives as good as it looks and journos in this country say good things about it. Till now all i can get from Autocar articles is skepticism, sarcasm and loads of rubbish!!

Alfa please publish pictures of it in Black, red and other eye catching colurs. I want to make sure I put it as a wallpaper until its launched.

Gr8 go, well done and Best of Luck!

21 December 2009

[quote Vidge 123]

I still think it looks like a cheap chinese knockoff of the bastard love child of a new Megane, and a new Astra

in short, crap

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You need to get to specsavers

21 December 2009

[quote ambs123]

Stunning Car. Gosh!! I am in love with Alfas... what beautiful interiors and rear angle. Especially in red. Well Done Alfa!! Understated and gorgeous!!

I know people here will say rubbish and in a day or two this thread will grow in number like no other shows how much a brand is talked about. Alfa is certainly the one that stirs emotions that for sure.

Anyway hopefully it drives as good as it looks and journos in this country say good things about it. Till now all i can get from Autocar articles is skepticism, sarcasm and loads of rubbish!!

Alfa please publish pictures of it in Black, red and other eye catching colurs. I want to make sure I put it as a wallpaper until its launched.

Gr8 go, well done and Best of Luck!

[/quote]

Yes, I love it!

We don't all don't want boring overpriced Golfs

21 December 2009

[quote Challenger440]

Looks aside, I bet it will be bland to drive - seeking to be a Golf, but not quite managing it.

Keep it reliable, but strip all the heavy pointless rubbish out of the interior (10 zone climate control!?), make the handling crisp, the engine zingy and the exhaust pop on the overrun - then they might be back to ward what an Alfa should be

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You can't say that it'll be bland to drive, no ones driven it yet, I hope they don't make it like a Golf (I hate that "like a Golf" ad with a passion) Then it would be bland to drive.

Alfas are reliable these days and the dealer network has been improving for sometime.

I really want this tio be a good car

21 December 2009

The looks have grown on me...I had my reservations about the front....but now i think its looks very striking. And the 1750 engine?...great stuff!

21 December 2009

I like it but it doesnt look in any way agressive like alfas of old. I think the agressive look was better

21 December 2009

I am on my 5th Alfa: 156,147,159, MiTo and just collected another 159 and YES I am a private buyer not a rep, all my own money and my own choice!!!! You might say i like them, they have all been 100% reliable, fun to drive, totally differant and Alfa's always bring a smile to my face when driving and as Richard H correctly says a rapidly improving dealer network.

The Giulietta looks great both inside and ouside, will take Alfa into another sales area, just look at Alfa's sales this year, up EVERY month, not many makers can say that. So called motorists are yet again churning out the same old rubbish! Blah, blah, blah, if you do not like DO NOT BUT THEM. I know what dealer i will be visiting when its time to change my superb 159!

21 December 2009

I still think the Bravo is better looking.

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