Alfa Romeo has revamped the Giulietta, which is expected to be available in southern Africa from the third quarter of 2016. But the changes to the car are not that mind-blowing. The exterior changes include a new honeycomb grille, gloss black bumper inserts, with red highlights on sporty models, revised head and foglight trims, new rims and new Giulia-style badges.
In the interior the new Alfa badge is on the steering wheel and the upholstery of the more upmarket variants. There are also revised trim materials on the seats, fascia and door panels, and an updated Uconnect infotainment system that uses your smartphone for music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news with Reuters, Facebook Check-In and Twitter, as well as all the usual live updates on navigation-equipped models.
There’s also a new telemetry service available, called Alfa Performance, that uses an array of digital gauges and instruments to control the main parameters of the car, measure your performance and display driving stats and real-time advanced driving tips on your phone.
In many ways, the changes made to this revamped Giulietta bring the hatchback closer to the Giulia sedan, both in terms of appearance and the car’s position in Alfa Romeo’s range. Both models share several similarities in exterior design, such as the honeycomb grilles and the front bumper. New alloy wheels and oblique exhaust tips shape the Giulietta’s new look, which also brings a slight redesign to the brand badge.
In its sporty version (“Veloce”), the new Giulietta comes with sports bumpers and a dark chrome finish on the wing mirror covers, door handles and grille rims. On the inside, it gets leather and Alcantara sports seats, matched with a leather steering wheel and a carbon-effect dashboard surround and door panels.
The choice in the new Giulietta is between the 1.4 MultiAir turbopetrol four, which spits out 125kW at 5500 revs and 250Nm at 2500rpm with six-speed manual transmission, or the 1750 Turbo Benzina with power output of 173kW at 5500rpm and 340Nm at 200 with six-speed TCT self-shifter. The price starts from N$377 000 for the petrol and from N$430 000 for the diesel.
The Giulietta comes in five trim levels: standard, Super, Lusso, Veloce and Business. Other customisation options include 11 body colours and a selection of wheel rims.