Paris motor show report - Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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It’s Alfa’s centenary, and the recently launched Giulietta takes centre stage on its Paris motor show stand, along with two new engines and a clever semi-automatic gearbox system.

What’s new about them?
With emissions of 119g/km and average fuel economy of 62.7mpg, the 138bhp 2.0JTDM diesel will appeal to company car drivers, while the 1.4 Multiair petrol model produces 167bhp and comes with Alfa’s new TCT automatic gearbox. The turbocharged petrol car can manage 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds, yet returns an average of 54.3mpg and emits just 121g/km of CO2, thanks to its efficiency and stop-start technology.

The TCT works in a similar way to Volkswagen’s DSG system, and it’s operated by a conventional gearleaver as well as steering wheel-mounted paddles. Eventually, the new gearbox will also be available with a 167bhp 2.0 JTDM diesel engine.

The Giulietta’s baby brother, the Mito, will use the TCT gearbox, along with a 133bhp 1.4-litre Multiair engine and stop-start technology, to deliver 39mpg and 126g/km of CO2. This is slightly more efficient than the same engine with a manual gearbox.

In addition to the TCT-equipped Mito, there is also the 93bhp 1.3-litre Multijet ECO, which promises up to 70mpg and 104g/km of CO2.

Fans of hot Alfas can rejoice, too, because the Giulietta Cloverleaf is also on display. With lowered suspension, larger alloys and a 232bhp turbocharged petrol engine, it should prove a riot to drive.

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