Alfa Romeo Giulietta: world preview

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta: world preview

Alfa Romeo has released the first images of the new C-segment compact hatchback, known until now as Milano, which reintroduces the Giulietta designation. The model, which evolves the brand’s current design direction, will debut at Geneva 2010 and will replace the 147.

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Alfa Romeo GiuliettaAfter many previews, Alfa Romeo has finally revealed the successor to the 147 C-segment hatchback. Thew new car reintroduces the historic name ‘Giulietta’, will debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in spring 2010.

The new model is 4.35 metres long, 1.46 metre high and 1.80 metres wide with a wheelbase of 2.63 metres. The trunk has a capacity of 350 liters.

The Giulietta was designed by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and is the result of the brand’s new design direction – an approach that started with the 8C Competizione supercar and which recalls the brand’s past.

The Giulietta has a brand-new architecture, that offers three set-ups (Dynamic, Normal and All Weather) that and can be selected using the Alfa DNA device – standard across the entire range of the new model – which modifies the operating parameters of the engine, of the steering system, and of the Q2 electronic differential, in addition to fine-tuning the stability control system (VDC) behavioural logics.

The range of engines will include five Turbo units, all Euro 5 compliant and fitted with a standard “Start&Stop” system: two gasoline engines (1.4TB – 120 HP and 1.4TB MultiAir – 170 HP) and two diesel engines (1.6 JTDM – 105 HP and 2.0 JTDM – 170 HP, both belonging to the second generation of JTDM engines). and the top-of-the-range 1750 TBi – 235 HP with an exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde configuration.

Among the standard electronic controls are the VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), DST (Dynamic Steering Torque), Q2 electronic differential and Alfa DNA selector.

Design

The front end is developed around a “trilobe shape” and features a brand-new interpretation of the classic Alfa grille, set into the front bumper and suspended between the two air intakes. The entire car develops from here to combine a lively personality with an elegant form. The front headlamps implement LED technology and a Daytime Running Lights (DRL) function for maximum active safety.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta InteriorThe profile of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is rich in personality and confers the appearance of an agile, solid model. This is above all the result of the coupé shaped side windows, which highlight dynamic and streamlined shape, and of the concealed rear handles. The side ribbing adds to the car’s slender look, while the taut lines closing in on the rear end accentuate the "wedge" shape of the body.

The style of the rear end, like that of the front and the side, is strong and consolidates the impression of a muscular car, firmly gripped to the road. Like the headlamps, the rear light clusters implement LED technology, to the advantage of preventive safety, in addition to good looks.

Interior Design

The interior design is taut and light: a horizontally developed dashboard with aluminium element accents and rocker controls which explicitly recall the 8C Competizione. Painstaking attention to detail and the high quality of the materials used are the most advanced expression of Italian style.

The Alfa Romeo ‘Giulietta’

The original Alfa Romeo Giulietta was produced from 1954 to 1965. The line-up included a coupé – the Giulietta Sprint, a sedan and the open two-seater Giulietta Spider, designed by Pininfarina.

1955 1962 Giulietta Spider 1977 1983 Giulietta
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider (1955-1962) The Alfa Romeo Nuova Giulietta – 1 Series (1977-1983)

The name ‘Giulietta’ was also used for the sedan introduced in 1977 and based on the Alfetta chassis with rear mounted transaxle. The Nuova Giulietta was replaced in 1985 by the Alfa 75.

(Source: Alfa Romeo)

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