Alfa Romeo took the wraps off its 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback.
Just because this pokey Italian hatch won’t make its way across the Atlantic to American shores doesn’t mean we can’t admire it from a distance. According to Alfa Romeo, following a leak of their Giulietta facelift, they decided to unveil the whole shebang. This revised Alfa Romeo Giulietta sports a refreshed front face, a new dual-clutch transmission if you opt for the 1.6 diesel and a host of new trim classifications. Check out some of the exclusive photos of this facelifted Italian hatch below.
Changes to the front end of the Giulietta are focused around the nose. You’ll notice a new black honeycomb grill, black bumper inserts and slightly revised headlamp and fog light embellishments. Look to the four-door super-saloon, the Alfa Romeo Giulia for a direct lineage connection.
Trim levels are as follows.
- Giulietta- Base model
- Super- Dual zone climate control, cruise control, front fog lights and upgraded seats.
- Technica- Used to be the Business Edition. You get GPS navigation, parking sensors etc.
- Speciale- Stiffer suspension and sportier Brembos. Also, 18 inch Alloys, GPS, and leather & Alcantara seats.
- Veloce- 4C engine comes standard. Need we say more?
Unlike some cars in the United States, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta benefits from a host of diesel and gas engines. Base Giuliettas come with a 1.4L TB with 120 HP and 158 lb-ft of torque. Then there are two 1.4L TB MultiAir’s with 150/170 HP and 169 lb-ft and a 1.4L TB GPL with 120 HP and 158 lb-ft.
For diesels, there’s the ever popular 1.6 JTDM with 120 HP and 206 lb-ft and the higher displacement 2.0 JTDM with 150 HP or 170 HP. The 1.6 JTDM now benefits from an optional TCT Dual-Clutch gearbox for better efficiency.
Finally, the Giulietta Veloce gets the same engine from the Alfa Romeo 4C with 240 HP and 221 lb-ft. 0-62 MPH comes and goes in six seconds and you can hit a top speed of 151 MPH. Mama mia!
If you’re really pining for what the Giulietta feels like, hop on over to any of the other cars underpinning the Fiat Compact platform in the United States including the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 and even the new Jeep Cherokee.
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While we lament the fact that we can’t drive a Giulietta, we really do wish we could take a Veloce out for a quick romp.