An updated version of the existing 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, the new unit, which sees power drop 15kW to 110kW but torque rise 30Nm to 380Nm, will join the current turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine available in two tunes.
Coming with the promise of improved fuel consumption and reduced noise, the 2.0-litre JTDM will power the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch TCT automatic and should better the current engine’s 4.5 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption figure.
On the outside, a mildly restyled front grille and chrome-finished fog light surrounds distinguish the 2014 Giulietta, while the outgoing model’s LED-infused headlights and tail-lights carry over.
The changes are greater inside and include a new steering wheel, dashboard and centre console inserts and a 5.0- or 6.5-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and infotainment capabilities including Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming.
New seats, door panels, grab handles and trim options complete the cabin revisions. The luggage compartment is now also fully lined with black trim.
Additionally, three new colours – Moonlight Pearl, Anodizzato Blue and Bronze – join three new wheel designs available in 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloys.
The 2014 Alfa Romeo Giulietta is due to arrive in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2014 with full pricing and specification information to be announced closer to launch.
The Giulietta range currently starts at $24,550 before on-road costs, or $25,000 driveaway.
If reports from earlier this year prove correct, Alfa Romeo will cease production of its front-wheel drive hatchbacks, comprising the Giulietta and MiTo, and shift to rear-wheel-drive models from early 2015.