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Alfa Romeo launches more economical Giulletta hatchback

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Alfa Romeo has updated the entire engine range in its Ford Focus-rivalling Giulietta model to boost economy and performance. 

The 1.6-litre JDTM-2 diesel engine now benefits from more power – with 118bhp on tap – and improved performance, as well as better economy than the previous Giullietta. CO2 emissions for this model fall from 104g/km to 99g/km, meaning that this Alfa now sneaks into the free car tax band too – saving buyers £20 a year in tax.

Claimed fuel economy is also improved, with an official figure of 74.3mpg – an improvement on the 70.6mpg figure for the current 103bhp diesel model. Meanwhile, the nought to 62mph sprint takes just 10.0 seconds – a 1.3 second drop – while the top speed jumps from 115mph to 121mph.

Petrol engines, on the other hand, vary from a 118bhp 1.4-litre model to a rapid 237bhp 1.8-litre unit, which is available in Quadrifoglio Verde trim, with turbocharged 148bhp and 168bhp models also available. Diesels include a 118bhp 1.6-litre model and 2.0-litre unit with 148bhp.

Prices for the Giulietta range remain unchanged, with the 118bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol available from £18,450 in Progression trim and the similarly powerful 1.6-litre diesel Progression available from £19,500. 

Meanwhile, the well-equipped Business Edition versions are available from £19,080 for the 118bhp diesel and include a 6.5-inch touchscreen Uconnect media system with voice activated sat nav, 3D mapping and a digital radio. Front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, alloy wheels and metallic paint are also all standard on Business Edition cars.

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