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Initial pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range has been revealed ahead of the new hatch’s Australian launch in October.

Starting at $29,900 plus on-road costs (+$900) for the entry-level Giulietta Super variant, the updated range receives revised styling treatments, upgraded equipment levels along with higher-quality interior trims and finishes.

Also new for 2017 are the model names, with the Italian marque reviving the iconic ‘Super’ and ‘Veloce’ nameplates worn by classic Alfa Romeo models from the 1960s and ’70s.

Other changes include two new alloy wheel designs, along with updated logos and tailpipes.

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Kicking off the 2017 Giulietta range is the Super, which replaces the previous Progression variant.

Powering the Super is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

0-100km/h takes 8.2 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210km/h. Fuel use is rated at 5.5L/100km on the combined cycle.

Standard features include: 16-inch alloy wheels, Alfa DNA switchable driving modes, rear parking sensors, halogen headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver ball gear knob, LED daytime-running lights, honeycomb front grille with black front bumper insert, darkened headlight clusters, body-coloured mirrors and a 5.0-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system – which can be upgraded to a 6.5-inch unit with satellite navigation, though pricing is yet to be announced.

For an extra $5000 you can have the Giulietta Super TCT ($34,900), $100 less than the Distinctive it replaces, utilising an uprated version of the 1.4-litre powerplant producing 125kW of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission (TCT).

The Super TCT sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds, and claims a top speed of 218km/h. Alfa Romeo claims a fuel consumption rating of just 4.9L/100km on the combined cycle.

In addition to the standard Super specification, the Super TCT features 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a larger 6.5-inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, and a leather-wrapped gearshift lever.

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Topping the 2017 Giulietta line-up is the high-performance Veloce ($41,900), which replaces the outgoing Quadrofoglio Verde for $100 less.

Powered by a 1.75-litre turbocharged petrol engine (also used in the 4C sports car), the Giulietta Veloce produces 177kW of power and 340Nm of torque sent to the front wheels via a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

0-100km/h takes just 6.0 seconds, topping out at 244km/h. Despite its performance potential, the Giulietta Veloce uses a claimed 6.8L/100km on the combined cycle.

Standard equipment on the top-spec Veloce over its lesser siblings includes: 18-inch alloy wheels, leather and Alcantara seat trim with integrated headrests, launch control, red Brembo front brake calipers, sports suspension, bi-xenon headlights, dual exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, flat-bottomed steering wheel, carbon-look headlight clusters, front and rear bumpers with Alfa Red pinstripes, dark gloss finish on the mirrors, door handles and fog light surrounds, along with sports pedals.

The new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulietta range will go on sale from October 1.

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