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Alfa Romeo reveals facelifted Giulietta


Alfa Romeo has updated its Giulietta with new styling details, engines and technology for 2014.

The Giulietta was first launched in 2010 and the latest models now feature a new front grille design; revised front fog light bezels; new 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and new exterior colours (Luna Pearl, Cobalto Blue and Metallo Bronze).

Interior changes include a redesigned dashboard with higher quality materials, a standard Uconnect multimedia system and repositioned USB and aux ports on the centre console.

Every engine in the Giulietta range benefits from improved efficiency and lower emissions.

The 1.4 TB MultiAir170hp TCT, for example, now drops into the 15% BIK band, while the diesel-powered 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp drops from the 17% BIK band down to the 15% band.

The new 150hp 2.0 JTDM-2 engine, which debuts on the Giulietta, has been given a power and torque boost compared to the previous 140hp 2.0 JTDM-2 engine, as well as featuring a 9g/km drop in CO2 emissions, which  puts it into the 17% BIK band.

At launch, four trim levels will be available: Progression, Distinctive, Exclusive and Sportiva Nav.
Compared to the entry-level Turismo model it replaces, standard equipment on the new Progression model now includes new 16-inch alloy wheels; the Uconnect™ infotainment system with steering wheel remote controls; DAB (digital radio); Bluetooth® connectivity; tyre pressure monitoring; rear electric windows and new seat fabrics with matching dashboard, door and central tunnel inserts. Alfa says the additional features come to a price of almost £1,700, while the entry level model has seen a price increase of £470.

Carryover standard features include the Alfa DNA driving selector, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, LED tail-lights, VDC stability control and Alfa Romeo’s electronic Q2 differential. Two engines are offered with the Progression trim: The 1.4 TB 120hp turbo petrol and the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp turbo diesel.

The new Distinctive trim level, which replaces Lusso, benefits from new 16-inch turbine-design alloy wheels and chrome-effect mirrors, while the interior is upgraded with new upholstery; new trim inserts and a cooled glove-box as part of its 2014 revisions.

The new Exclusive trim level takes the place of Veloce for 2014 and benefits from new 17-inch alloy wheels and new leather and micro-fibre upholstery, plus rain-sensing wipers; automatic headlights; electric-folding door mirrors; dark tinted windows; an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror; a rear arm-rest and electric front-seat lumbar support.

Exclusive models are also equipped with a sports suspension; sports leather steering wheel with red stitching; aluminium sports pedals and kick-plates; darkened headlight clusters; satin-effect mirror covers and side body skirts.

The new Sportiva Nav trim level benefits from the standard features of the outgoing Sportiva model - its sports suspension; 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark titanium finish; red Brembo brake callipers with uprated discs and unique badging - but is now fitted with a sports steering wheel with white stitching; leather and Alcantara upholstery; front parking sensors and, as the name suggests, a new 6.5-inch Uconnect™ satellite navigation system, with TMS, all as standard.

A range-topping 2.0 JTDM-2 175hp engine, now with TCT as standard, will be available in both Exclusive and Sportiva Nav trims in the coming months, while details of a new sporting flagship for the Giulietta range will be announced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March.

Prices for the 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta start at £18,235 for the 1.4 TB 120hp Progression, while the diesel range starts at £19,170 for the 1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Progression.

Prices for Alfa Giulietta models powered by the new 2.0 JTDM-2 150hp engine start at £21,720 in Distinctive trim.

2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range:

1.4 TB 120hp Progression £18,235
1.4 TB 120hp Distinctive £19,485
1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp Distinctive £20,985
1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp Exclusive £22,735
1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp Sportiva Nav £24,485
1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp  ALFA TCT Exclusive £24,035
1.4 TB MultiAir 170hp ALFA TCT Sportiva Nav £25,785
1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Progression £19,170
1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Distinctive £20,420
1.6 JTDM-2 105hp Exclusive £22,170
2.0 JTDM-2 150hp Distinctive £21,720
2.0 JTDM-2 150hp Exclusive £23,470
2.0 JTDM-2 150hp Sportiva Nav £25,220

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