has unveiled the facelifted version of its Giulietta hatchback.

Simultaneous launches were held in five European locations, the main event being staged at the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy to reveal what are generally subtle upgrades.

Mechanically the car is virtually unchanged, aside from the option for the first time to match the 120hp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel engine with the Alfa TCT twin dry-clutch transmission.

A refreshed styling treatment majors on the front end and serves to being the Giulietta closer to its sports saloon sister, the Giulia. Details include a honeycomb grille, piano block bumper inserts with red detailing on sports-trim models, and remodelled surrounds to the head and fog lamps.

Other visual signatures include new designs for the Alfa Romeo and Giulietta badges, new alloy wheel designs revised exhaust tail pipes and a pair of new exterior colour options, Alfa White and Lipari Grey.

Inside the revisions extend across the seat upholstery, dash and door panel finishes, while the Fiat Group’s Uconnect infotainment system is fitted with smartphone compatibility.

Giulietta owners will also now be able to specify Alfa Performance, a new service which Alfa Romeo says has been “specifically created to enhance the driving experience”. It uses digital gauges and instruments to allow drivers to control various parameters of the car, measure their performance using imers and see driving statistics on their smartphone, in addition to receiving real-time driving tips.

The revised Giulietta range will debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 1st March and go on UK sale on 1st April, prices starting from £18,450. It will now be offered in five renamed trim levels, recalling classic models of the past – Giulietta, Super, Tecnica, Speciale and Veloce.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.