Updated Alfa Romeo Giulietta goes on sale

160225_Alfa-Romeo_Nuova-Giulietta_24Updated versions of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta are now on sale in the UK. There are styling changes designed to give the new cars more of a family look, as well as a simplified range structure. One big change in the diesel line-up  – the 118 bhp 1.6 JTDM-2turbo diesel can now combined with the ALFA TCT twin dry-clutch transmission.

The revised front-end styling comprises a new honeycomb grille, piano black bumper inserts (with red highlights on sporty models) and revised headlamp and fog lamp surrounds. The interior benefits from revised seat upholsteries and dashboard/door panel finishes, a new trip computer display and a Uconnect infotainment system with smartphone-enabled LIVE services including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, and Facebook and Twitter check in.

Under the bonnet there’s now the option of combining the 118 bhp 1.6-litre JTDM-2turbo diesel engine with the ALFA TCT twin dry-clutch transmission, which can be used as a full automatic or as a full manual, either by slotting the gear selector into its sequential gate or by using the standard steering wheel paddle shifters.

This engine and transmission combination has a top speed of 121mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 10.2 seconds, while its official combined cycle fuel-economy and emissions figures match those of the manual version, returning 74.3 MPG (3.8 l/100 km) and 99 g/km of CO2.

In the UK, the revised range features five trim levels: Giulietta, Giulietta Super, Giulietta Tecnica, Giulietta Speciale and Giulietta Veloce.

160225_Alfa-Romeo_Nuova-Giulietta_23The entry-level Giulietta now has burnished headlamp surrounds, satin-finish door handles and new oblique tailpipes, while inside there are new grey and black fabric seats with Alfa Romeo logo on the head restraints, new matte black dashboard insert and luxury floor mats. Prices for diesel models start at £19,650 for the Giulietta 1.6 JTDM-2 with 118 bhp with manual transmission, with the equivalent ALFA TCT priced at £21,050.

The Giulietta Super trim level adds dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a front armrest, new 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, rear air vents and upgraded seat upholstery. A new Lusso pack can be added to the Super model and includes a 17-inch alloy wheel upgrade, sports leather upholstery, a rear armrest with third rear headrest, aluminium kick plates, electric lumbar support on both front seats, a height adjustable passenger seat and the 6.5-inch Uconnect Live system with voice-operated satellite navigation and 3D mapping. The Lusso pack is priced at £2,650.

The new Giulietta Tecnica replaces the fleet-oriented Business Edition and again includes extras such as the 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with navigation, along with the Visibility Pack (automatic lights and wipers, electro-chromatic rear view mirror and electrically folding door mirrors), electric lumbar support on both front seats, a height adjustable passenger seat, front and rear parking sensors and a no-cost choice of pastel and metallic paint finishes.

The Giulietta Speciale offers customers the option of combining the look and feel of the high performance Veloce version with a broad selection of engines. Standard equipment includes a sports suspension; sports bumpers with red Alfa profile; classic, five-hole, 18-inch alloy wheels; Brembo brakes with red, four-piston callipers; new carbon-look headlamp surrounds; an anthracite finish on the mirror caps, door handles, grille and fog light surrounds and the 6.5-inch Uconnect LIVE system with navigation. Other features include fabric and Alcantara sports seats, aluminium pedals, a flat-bottom sports steering wheel with red stitching and carbon-look dashboard surrounds and door panels. Diesel prices for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Speciale start at £25,450 for the Speciale 2.0 JTDM-2.

The range-topping Giulietta Veloce isn’t available as a diesel, however.

Finally, also debuting on the new Giulietta is Alfa Performance, a new service specifically created to enhance the driving experience. Using an array of digital gauges and instruments, drivers can control the main parameters of the car, measure their performance using special timers and see driving statistics on their smartphone, in addition to receiving real-time driving tips. The service is available on Uconnect 6.5” Radio Nav Live.

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