The trendy 5-door hatch comes with efficient gas/diesel engines and a chic interior
2 weeks in the past, we asked if you’;d be interested in the Fiat Panda 4×4, a tall softroader created by Fiat utilizing the 500 platform. A surprising 80 % of you answered in the affirmative, regardless of the mixture of a somewhat steep value and boxy styling, in addition to a lack of just about any amenities in the interior. But 2 weeks in the past the nation was in the firm grip of snowpocalypse variety… we never remember the variety, we lost count after the ninth snowpocalypse of the season. The point is, we comprehend that a tall all-wheel-drive hatch coupled with a thrifty engine appears far far better on the road than a rear-wheel-drive pickup truck in the ditch. How does that old saying go? “A hatch on the street is worth 2 sports vehicles in the ditch.”
Whether or not you voted for or against the Panda 4×4, we’;re acquiring one thing like it anyway in the guise of the Jeep Renegade, née Jeepster, which is primarily based on the same architecture as the approaching Fiat 500X mini-SUV. The Jeep Renegade will be developed in Melfi, Italy, so for all intents and functions, we’;ll be seeing anything like a Panda–albeit with a domestic (and far more macho-sounding) nameplate.
Staying with Fiat Chrysler Automotive, we have some thing a bit diverse on supply this week: In a couple of months time, this week’;s hypothetical may well not be so hypothetical. Alfa Romeo has as soon as yet again shifted the time frame for its return to the U.S. (We’;re not counting the 8C Competizione) and promises to get the 4C to U.S. dealerships by June of this 12 months. Previously, Alfa Romeo had shifted the arrival of a larger lineup to the States by so a lot that the automobiles that we were originally promised 5 years in the past are not even in manufacturing any longer (Why did you leave us so soon, Brera?)
Although the 4C seems like it’;s actually coming here this time, it’;ll be priced close to $ 54,000, which is budget Porsche territory. And, like it or not, Porsche automobiles are what it’;ll go up against, which is hardly a welcome to the brand for anybody below the age of thirty who’;ll be buying or leasing his or her very first new auto. So what else does Alfa Romeo have?
Alfa’;s lineup has shrunk fairly a bit in recent years, with a grand total of 4 designs on offer you if we will not count the 4C and the 4C Spider as various automobiles. That is quite a change from about 15 many years in the past when Alfa Romeo was offering big sedans, station wagons and hatches. Although a appropriate sedan and station wagon will return to Alfa Romeo’;s assortment in the guise of the yet-unrevealed 2015 Giulia, there is but one more model in their present lineup that isn’;t a Fiat 500 clone. And that model is the Giulietta.
Exposed in 2010, the Giulietta is a 5-door hatchback the dimension of a Ford Concentrate, cleverly hiding the rear-door handles in the window frame. The Giulietta is provided with a variety of 5 turbocharged one.4-liter inline-4 fuel engines mated to 6-speed gearboxes, with output ranging from 105 hp to 170 hp, as effectively as 3 diesel engines. The diesels incorporate a one.6-liter turbodiesel unit producing 105 hp and 2 2.-liter turbodiesels generating 150 hp and 170 hp, respectively. The top of the variety gasoline engine, a 170-hp 1.4-liter Turbo Petrol MultiAir, propels the Giulietta to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. The prime diesel unit, a 2.-liter JTDm with 5 extra horses, can make the sprint in 6.8 seconds. The best engines are rather evenly matched, which is great for countries in which diesel fuel can be considerably cheaper than gasoline.
In terms of fuel economic system, the thriftiest diesel, a 1.6-liter JTDm creating 105 hp returns a combined 53 mpg in the European cycle, with the leading of the variety 175-hp 2.-liter JTDm returning an identical combined figure. For fuel economic climate in fuel engines, the 105-hp 1.4-liter turbo unit is even now very good for a mixed 36 mpg in the European cycle, which is fairly remarkable.
For infotainment, the Giulietta characteristics Alfa’;s Uconnect program, which has a 5-inch touchscreen with the usual multimedia functions, as properly as voice-recognition technologies. Not getting tried it in the Giulietta, we can not make comparisons to present day U.S. industry infotainment techniques, although you may most likely understand it if you have driven any contemporary Dodge or Chrysler product.
The interior layout is extremely standard, but this is Alfa Romeo we’;re talking about: every thing is sophisticated however not notably avant-garde. The 3-spoke steering wheel seems to be like it could be really comfy regardless of the presence of an infotainment display, Alfa has fortunately declined to ditch all the buttons surrounding the dash, so if menu spelunking isn’;t your thing, there are lots of controls that you never have to hunt for.
The price: the one.4-liter fuel version commences at around $ 22,700 in the Australian market place, converted into U.S. currency. That’;s about the most cost-effective way to get into a Giulietta. The leading of the selection Quadrifoglio Verde edition with the 1.7-liter gas engine begins at about $ 35,400, with the diesel cost ranges following a related path. In most markets, the Giulietta battles the Volkswagen Golf and its siblings. It by no means very managesg to win in terms of sheer volume, but it enjoys the additional appeal permitted by the chic design.
Would you be interested in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta if it were available in the U.S? Vote in our poll, and we’;ll publish the outcomes in up coming week’;s installment.
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