Refreshed Giulietta hatch brings cabin refinements, improved safety features amid price rise.
Alfa Romeo has refreshed the Giulietta just in time for Christmas, bringing cabin updates and improved safety features to the hatchback.
Following 18 months after the most recent revisions, the Giulietta's styling has also been subtly tweaked, with a revised version of Alfa's trademark shield grille.
The base-level Giulietta has been discontinued, leaving the Giulietta Progression as the new price leader, starting from $29,000. This represents a $4,450 price increase from the outgoing Giulietta and a $1,550 increase from the previous Progression.
The Progression now features rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, a five-inch touchscreen multimedia system, along with new seat fabric, dashboard trim, redesigned multifunction steering wheel and 16-inch alloys.
The new Giulietta Progression also sports a 10Nm stronger 88kW/215Nm version of the 1.4-litre four-cylinder turobcharged petrol engine from the previous model, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The updated Giulietta Progression continues to be equipped with Alfa's DNA driving selector as well as the stability control, electronic differential, LED running and tail lights, auto headlights and wipers.
The top-spec Giulietta Distinctive jumps by $3,650 to $33,000, and gains the same five-inch touchscreen multimedia system from the Progression and also adds parking sensors on the front to accompany the ones on rear. The Distinctive's touchscreen can be optioned up to a 6.2-inch version which also adds satnav.
New equipment also includes electric-folding side mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights, heated leather seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror and a redesigned multifunction steering wheel.
Like the Progression, the Distinctive carries the DNA driving selector, stability control, dual-zone climate control, LED running and tail lights from the previous version.
The new Distinctive's updated 125kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch TCT transmission. The manual slightly reduces fuel consumption over its outgoing version, with a combined figure of 5.7L/100km down from 5.9L/100km.