First it was supposed to be called Junior, then after an internet vote was held to find a name the future Alfa Romeo was supposed to be called Furiosa. Wrong again! According to some AutoExpress’ inside sources the new Mini competitor will be called MiTo. It will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn, and UK pricing will start at £10,500.

But where does the name came from? It is derived from two Italian cities: Milan, Alfa’s traditional home, and Turin (Torino), where owner Fiat is based. The MiTo uses Grande Punto underpinnings, but is inspired by the 8C Competizione, with slanted headlights and a shield-shaped grille.

But the MiTo will be far better than the Punto, thanks to a new 1.8-litre turbo motor delivering 180bhp. This will eventually be tuned to deliver as much as 230bhp. Other options include the Grande Punto’s 1.4 T-jet petrol and 1.9-litre diesel.


Source: AutoExpress

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