Alfa Romeo’s Mini-rivalling Mito has made its world debut at the British motor show, with prices that are set to undercut the British car.
Prices will kick off at £10,975 for the 95bhp 1.4 Turismo model, rising to £14,975 for the turbocharged 155bhp 1.4 TB Veloce. BMW’s entry-level 95bhp Mini One costs £11,925.
UK order books for the Mito will open in October, before the first deliveries in January 2009.There will be a total of five engines, two petrol and two diesels. Aside from the entry 95bhp petrol unit, there are also two turbocharged 1.4-litre units delivering 120bhp and 155bhp. The two diesel engines are a 90bhp 1.3 and a 120bhp 1.6.
The three trim levels will be Turismo, Lusso and Veloce. All version get seven airbags, manual air-con, ESP and the Q2 electronic traction control.
The Alfa ‘DNA’ switch is also standard. Mounted on the centre console, this three-position switch alters the ECU mapping and offers Dynamic, Normal and All-weather set-ups.
Lusso models add a carbonfibre dash finish, leather steering wheel and 16in alloys, while the range-topping Veloce spec gets ‘Sports cloth’ trim, 17in alloys, rear spoiler, sports bumper design, sports instruments and red brake calipers.