A new Uconnect infotainment system features a five-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming, text-to-voice SMS reader, and optional TomTom satellite navigation. New seat fabrics and dashboard materials complete the cabin refresh.
The biggest changes occur under the bonnet, where Alfa Romeo has added the 72kW/145Nm 875cc two-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Familiar from the Fiat 500, the ‘TwinAir’ engine consumes a claimed 4.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle in the Mito, while motivating it from 0-100km/h in 11.4 seconds.
Alfa Romeo Australia spokeswoman Tamara Weston confirmed the upgraded Mito would arrive in local showrooms before the end of the year, but said it was still unclear at this stage if the two-cylinder engine would be added to our range.
Weston said pricing and specifications would be finalised in the coming weeks ahead of the refreshed Mito’s fourth-quarter launch.
Alfa Romeo is expected to sharpen the pricing of the Mito, which, bizarrely, currently has a higher starting price than the five-door Giulietta ($25,200 before on-road costs versus $25,000 driveaway).
Alfa Romeo has sold 160 Mito hatches across the country so far this year, down 37 per cent on 2012.