Alfa Romeo will finally unveil the long-awaited Giulietta at Geneva. Four engines are being made available at launch but later a Quadrifoglio Verde model will appear with 173kW.
The all-new Alfa Romeo Giulietta goes on sale in Europe this May. Before that it will be shown to the public at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show next week. Giulietta is a name synonymous with Alfa performance. Its resurrection is quite welcome.
The car is designed to compete in the premium hatch segment and is said to embody all that is good about Alfa and Italian design in general. It features the brand's trademark triangular grills, a brand new interpretation of the classic shield, LED daytime running lights and rear LEDs as well. It was pencilled with coupe-like side windows and concealed rear door handles.
Measurements are: 4.35 metres in length, 1.46m in height, 1.8m in width and with a wheelbase of 2.63m. Boot space is rated at 350 litres.
Alfa borrowed the 8C Competizione's dashboard commands and then grouped the main ones together in the centre. Satellite navigation is accessed through a pop-up display unit and interior equipment includes dual zone automatic climate control, leather steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, and other options like Blue&Me.
There will be four engines at launch, half of them petrol the other half diesel. Bottom of the range is the 88kW (120 PS / 118 hp) 1.4TB, followed by the 125kW (170hp / 168 hp) 1.4TB MultiAir with 250Nm (184 Nm). The 1.4TB produces 134 g/km of C02 emissions and returns 4.6 litres per 100km in the extra-urban cycle.
The two diesels are the 1.6 JTDM with 77kW (105 PS / 104 hp) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque at 1,750rpm. It returns 3.7 l/100 km on the extra-urban cycle. Lastly a 125kW (170 PS / 168 hp) 2.0 JTDM producing 350Nm (258 lb-ft) and 124 g/km of CO2 completes the initial range. All engines come with a 6-speed manual while the MultiAir and 170 HP 2.0 JTDM can be mated with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Later the 1750 TBi Quadrifoglio Verde model kicking out 173kW (235 PS / 232 hp) and 340Nm (251 lb-ft) will join top range. It features a turbo, direct fuel injection, two continuously variable valve timing units and a scavenging control system that promises to get rid of turbo lag.