Alfa Romeo streamlines the MiTo range with new engines, trim

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Ordering a new Alfa Romeo is a daunting task. Or at least, so we've come to understand. In the UK alone, the MiTo hatchback was available in no fewer than 17 different versions. Which you might expect of, say, a pickup truck with a choice of cabin sizes, bed lengths and drivetrain configurations. But the MiTo is the MiTo: it's a three-door hatchback with front-wheel drive. That's that.

So to make things a little easier, Alfa has streamlined the MiTo's catalog down to nine versions as part of a refreshed range. The entry level model has been rebranded as the Progression, the Turismo and Lusso trim levels have both been replaced by the Sprint, the Veloce by the Distinctive and the Cloverleaf by the Quadrifoglio Verde.

The engine range has likewise been revised, the new 78-horsepower 1.4 and 105-hp MultiAir 1.4 replacing the 95-hp engine and a new 1.3-liter JTDM-2 diesel eligible for emissions exemptions under overseas regulations. The top-of-the-line QV carries over the same 170-hp MultiAir 1.4, while the bronze metallic paint pictured above is new. Read more about the revised range in the press release after the jump.

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A significantly revised MiTo range will shortly become available through Alfa Romeo's 52-strong UK dealer network.

The Italian sporting car manufacturer, which is enjoying a strong and sustained sales surge in 2011, has just released details of the new range – all of which are designed to make owning an Alfa easier and more attractive than ever, with lower entry prices combined with higher standard specifications, and a new congestion-busting sub-100g/km CO2 version.

The MiTo sports compact range has been streamlined from 17 versions to nine, with both Turismo and Lusso trim levels being replaced with the Sprint; entry level versions are now known as Progression, and Distinctive and Quadrifoglio Verde versions replace Veloce and Cloverleaf.

Prices have been reduced across the range, and now start at £12,250 OTR for the entry level 1.4 8v Progression, rising to £17,955 OTR for the 1.4 TB MultiAir 170bhp Quadrifoglio Verde.

In terms of enhanced specification, Distinctive (formerly Veloce) and Quadrifoglio Verde (Cloverleaf) are both enriched with additional equipment, including Cruise Control, Sports pedals and rear parking sensors.

Three new engines become available: 1.4 8v 78bhp (available in Progression and Sprint, replacing the 1.4 16v 95bhp unit) for lower emissions, superior MPG and Start&Stop as standard; 1.4 MultiAir 105bhp (available with Sprint or Distinctive trims) for superior power, torque and MPG (compared to the 1.4 16v 95bhp engine); and the new congestion charge/tax busting 1.3 JTDM-2 (Sprint only, replacing the 1.3 16v 95bhp unit) which produces a spritely 85bhp and just 95g/km of CO2, which means free travel in the congestion charge zone, together with free road tax and first registration fee. Business users can also claim 100 per cent capital allowance in the first year of ownership.

Finally, the Alfa MiTo will become available in Metal Bronze, a colour entirely new to the Alfa range, having been previewed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. On Progression and Sprint versions, it can also be chosen with new Sprint Bronze upholstery.

The new Alfa Mito range goes on sale next month, and is as follows:

Basic Price VAT Total Price OTR Charges Total OTR
1.4 8v 78 bhp Progression £9,703.72 £1,940.74 £11,644.47 £805.53 £12,250.00
1.4 8v bhp Sprint £10,287.06 £2,057.41 £12,344.47 £805.53 £12,950.00
1.4 TB MultiAir 105 bhp Sprint £11,028.72 £2,205.74 £13,234.47 £720.53 £13,955.00
1.4 TB MultiAir 105 bhp Distinctive £12,028.72 £2,405.74 £14,434,47 £720.53 £15,155.00
1.4 TB MultiAir 135 bhp Distinctive £12,787.06 £2,557.41 £15,344.47 £805.53 £15,950.00
1.4 TB MultiAir 135 bhp ALFA TCT Distinctive £13,870.39 £2,774.08 £16,644.47 £805.53 £17,250.00
1.4 TB MultiAir 170 bhp Quadrifoglio Verde £14,362.06 £2,872.41 £17,234.47 £720.53 £17,955.00
1.3 JDTM-2 85 bhp Sprint £11,537.06 £2,507.41 £13,844.47 £805.53 £14,450.00
1.6 JTDM-2 120 bhp Distinctive £13,370.39 £2,674.08 £16,044.47 £805.53 £16,850.00

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