The new Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been unveiled, but unfortunately, it is not heading to the U.S.
As the latest addition to the Alfa Romeo family, the Giulietta debuted in grand style with simultaneous events in five cities across Europe: Arese, Turin, Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt. Unfortunately for all those Alfa Romeo enthusiasts in North America, there was little reason to celebrate, since the four-door hatchback isn’t coming to these shores anytime soon.
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So why should you care about the Giulietta? Here are five reasons why AutoGuide.com wants it in the U.S.
5. It has a Plethora of Turbo Four-Cylinder Engines
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta lineup is peppered with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and while none of them offer ridiculous amounts of performance, they’re all adequate enough to provide what we expect to be a fun driving experience. In total, the Giulietta offers four different turbocharged gasoline engines: 1.4L turbo gasoline with 120 horsepower, a 1.4L turbo Multiair with 150 hp, 1.4L turbo Multiair with 170 hp as well as a 1,750-cc turbo with 240 hp.
Europeans also get to choose from four different diesel engines including the new 1.6L JTDm with 120 hp, 2.0L JTDm with 150 hp, 2.0L JTDm with 175 hp and a bi-fuel 1.4L TB with 120 hp.
4. It’s a Hot Hatch
Simply put, the U.S. market doesn’t offer enough hot hatches to our liking. We’re actually hoping the Ford Focus RS does so well that other automakers consider bringing their hot hatches to the U.S. Sure, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta doesn’t have a ridiculous 350 hp under the hood like the Focus RS, but it sure looks more exotic than say, a Kia Rio hatchback.
3. It’s Affordable and Can Actually be Driven on the Streets
The Alfa Romeo 4C is the only model available in the U.S. until the Giulia arrives and the sporty coupe starts at $55,495 including destination. Couple that with the argument that the Alfa Romeo 4C isn’t a great daily driver and that leaves the Giulia as your only real candidate if you don’t want a weekend fun car. Even though the Italian automaker has said that the standard Giulia will start in the $40,000 range when it arrives in the U.S., it’s a safe bet the Giulietta would be much more affordable if it was sold stateside, probably ringing in under $30,000.
2. Just Look at It!
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta not only oozes Italian style, but it looks quite different from any other hatchback available in the U.S. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Alfa Romeo’s triangular front grille or its headlights, it’s hard to argue that the Giulietta’s styling can be confused for any other existing car. For those who love having something unique, the Giulietta is all that and more.
1. The U.S. Needs More Alfa Romeos. Period.
The revival of the Alfa Romeo brand is off to a really bumpy start in the U.S. The company hasn’t even sold 1,000 Alfa Romeo 4C units in the U.S. since its launch, according to sales data on goodcarbadcar.net. The Giulia is rumored to be delayed and it remains unclear just how well it will be embraced in the market. If the brand is to truly survive in the U.S., it simply needs to offer more models and we reckon an affordable four-door hatchback isn’t a bad choice.
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