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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo has gone on sale in the UK with three new engines and enhanced specifications across the model line-up.

In the UK, the MiTo range has been trimmed from 17 different models to nine, and now includes the entry-level Progression, mid-spec Sprint, high-grade Distinctive and performance-oriented Quadrifoglio Verde (QV).

The two high-end models now come equipped with cruise control, sports pedals and rear parking sensors, while the entire range is freshened with a new Metal Bronze exterior colour and new interior upholstery.

The 2011 MiTo also comes with new USB and AUX ports for MP3 player connectivity.

The first new engine is a 57kW 1.4-litre petrol unit with stop-start technology, which replaces the 70kW unit in the base model.

The second is a 77kW 1.4-litre MultiAir, which will also replace the 70kW unit in the Sprint and Distinctive models, and the third is a 63kW 1.3-litre JTDM-2 diesel, which emits a hybrid-rivalling 95g/km CO2.

Other engines available throughout Europe include an 88kW 1.6-litre JTDM diesel, and two 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol units with 99kW and 125kW.

Basic prices in the UK range from £9,704 to £14,362 ($14,805 to $21,912).

Edward Rowe from Alfa Romeo’s Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, said the updates were specific to the UK and confirmed there would be no changes to the Australian line-up.

Mr Rowe said Alfa Romeo Australia had no plans to introduce a diesel model to the range, insisting that there was no demand for the alternative powertrain in Australia due to the efficiency of the petrol models.

Combined cycle fuel consumption in the Australian MiTo range spans from 5.5 to 6.5 litres/100km.

Mr Rowe also said no new colours were planned for the range, with the Australian arm preferring to stick to more conservative options.

2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo manufacturer’s list prices:

  • MiTo six-speed manual – $29,990
  • MiTo six-speed TCT – $31,990
  • MiTo Sport six-speed TCT – $34,990
  • MiTo QV six-speed manual – $34,990



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