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Alfa Romeo Reveals Mi.To

March 16th, 2008





Alfa Romeo has released the first pictures of Mi.To, its all-new ultra-compact, ultra-sporty small car, which will make its world debut in June before arriving in Australia in the middle of 2009.

 

The much anticipated Mini-Alfa Romeo has been touted by some motoring pundits as a replacement for the much-loved Alfasud, the benchmark small car from the 1970s that redefined small car performance with a class leading chassis, peppy performance and crisp styling. However, the new Alfa Romeo Mi.To is even smaller, with the Alfasud built to compete with cars such as the Volkswagen Golf, making today’s Alfa Romeo 147 its true successor. Additionally, with its five door hatchback and wagon versions, the Alfasud, despite its performance and styling, was designed to compete with mainstream models.

 

The Mi.To, at just over four metres long and 1.72 metres wide, not only sits in the class below the Alfa 147 and is predecessor, it is resolutely a prestige small car that is a performance and style design, intensely focused on the driver, drawing on the iconic styling of the Alfa Romeo 8C and offering a true performance orientated experience.

 

The Alfa Romeo Mi.To’s family heritage can be seen in the grille, headlights and LED taillights, along with the frameless side windows endowing it with a coupe appearance. It could genuinely be called a mini-Alfa Romeo 8C.

 

Technologically, the Alfa Romeo Mi.To promises to be highly innovative with the debut of the Alfa Romeo DNA system, the next generation of electronic stability control and a first in this class.  Controlling the engine, brakes, steering response, suspension and gearbox, the Mi.To can be set to offer a super-sporting dynamic range of responses, a normal setting for city use and a special high grip setting for snow, ice and mud conditions. This remarkable new technology will set a new safety standard when allied to VDC, ABS brakes and a design developed to achieve the highest EuroNCAP crash test rating.

 

A full range of engines, both petrol and diesel, will be offered in Mi.To and they will range from 90 to 155 bhp.

 

And the name? Mi.To references, Alfa Romeo’s history as the first two letters of Alfa Romeo’s spiritual home, Milan, plus the first two letters of Torino or Turin in its Anglicized spelling, the industrial Italian powerhouse where it will be built.


Full Australian pricing and specifications will be announced when it goes on sale in Australia in the middle of 2009.

 


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