See the most revealing shots yet of Alfa’s new Mini rival
16 May 2008

These are the best pictures yet of the new Alfa Mito, which will be one of the stars of the London motor show this July.The car is expected to go on sale in the UK from January next year, and will finally provide direct competition for BMW’s all-conquering Mini.Mito prices will kick off around £12,000, but it will offer far more rear cabin space and boot capacity than the Mini, as well as more powerful engines.Although the 4.1m-long car is based on the Abarth version of the Fiat Grande Punto chassis, the Mito gets unique styling inside and out, as well as substantial sports seats and a range of downsized-but-powerful turbo petrol and diesel engines.Some Alfa sources say that the Mito will get the option of highly advanced ‘Multi-Air’ petrol engines, which dispense with a camshaft controlling the inlet valves. In its place will be individual actuators to operate the valves, allowing almost infinite control over timing and lift. The result is said to be very powerful, despite a modest 1.4-litre capacity.Alfa sources are hopeful that the Mito will revive its fortunes in the UK market. Insiders think that the Mito could shift over 10,000 units per year in Britain, single-handedly reviving the marque. After the Mito appears in UK showrooms early next year, the next new Alfa will be the crucial replacement for the ageing 147. Like its predecessor the 149 will get sophisticated “multi-link suspension front and rear”, according to insiders and it is said to share very little with Fiat’s similar-size Bravo hatchback.The 149 should be unveiled in 2009 and it should also boost Alfa sales to around 25,000 units per year, four times last year’s Alfa UK total.A decision has yet to be made on building a new Alfa Romeo flagship model, though. It remains possible that the model could be based on the Jaguar XF chassis. Fiat Auto and Tata – Jaguar’s new owner – have very close financial and product development links.Even further out, Italian insiders have told Autocar that the next-generation 159 is likely to be smaller and lighter than the current car, while not giving anything away in terms of interior packaging.

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16 May 2008

White does it no favours. Red all the way (after all, it *is* an Alfa).

I'm interested to find out more about the camless engine - I wasn't aware anyone was close to production.

16 May 2008

I think it suits white, although probably not as much as the Fiat 500 or MINI. I think it definitely looks special and I'm glad to see that it will be making its World Debut at the British Motorshow! That's going to rake in loads of people, surely! However, the early pictures which I've seen of the interior seem to make it look very similar to a cross between a Fiat Grande Punto and a Panda. Whilst this is no disaster, it looks as if it's going to be a bit grey and black inside! Mind you, if the prices are competitive, which it looks as if they will be, this could be the car that revives Alfa!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

16 May 2008

And there was me thinking the Lancia Thesis was as ugly a car as you could get.

What are the Italians smoking these days?

16 May 2008

I'm in the please spec' it in a dark colour brigade coz it looks droll in white. Bit like a Boxster in a Government crushing machine!!

I love the designs of some of the Alphas but think brand differentation has driven Alpha a bit too far on this occassion. It really is pretty ugly and bland - I've got it, a mini Cayenne!

16 May 2008

That would be 'Alfa' not 'Alpha'. Just as it's 'Porsche', not 'Porshe'.

The proof will be how it looks in the real world, rather than carefully set-up studio publicity shots. The official shots of the car in red look far better, but they've clearly gone to some effort to set the lighting up 'just so'. White loses all the subtlety of design - it works on some cars, other just become jelly-moulds.

16 May 2008

You don't work in Parking too do you?

16 May 2008

I thought the car in red in the preview shots looked really good, but this is awful; I'm not sure it's just the white colour, although that does it no favours, the pictures of the red car were all taken from a lower angle and did not show the full horror of those headlamps. They remind me of a Nissan Micra, not a good connection in my view. What a disappointment. I wouldn't buy one of these now on the looks alone (and I'm a Prius owner).


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16 May 2008

Although the Mito does not look as good in white as it does in red comparing it to the Cayenne is severely purblind and preposterous.

16 May 2008

[quote NiallOswald]

That would be 'Alfa' not 'Alpha'. Just as it's 'Porsche', not 'Porshe'.

The proof will be how it looks in the real world, rather than carefully set-up studio publicity shots. The official shots of the car in red look far better, but they've clearly gone to some effort to set the lighting up 'just so'. White loses all the subtlety of design - it works on some cars, other just become jelly-moulds.

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That would be set up not set-up and that would be jelly moulds not jelly-moulds. Thank you.

16 May 2008

Your pedantry is an order of magnitude worse than mine. Go you.

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