Alfa Romeo MiTo now priced below $35,000 in NZ

Alfa Romeo MiTo now priced below $35,000 in NZ

Following the launch of the range-topping Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde (QV), the Italian car maker has re-positioned its prestige small car so that not only is the MiTo now available with a recommended retail price of $34,990 plus statutory charges and on road costs, the new entry level MiTo is now powered by the 114 kW engine.

“The arrival of the 125 kW MiTo QV has enabled Alfa Romeo to provide a double win for drivers looking for a small car that can boast a unique 100 year heritage,” says Lawrie Malatios, General Manager of Alfa Romeo in New Zealand. “Not only is it now possible to buy a MiTo with a recommended retail price plus on statutory charges and on road costs below $35,000, that car now offers the 114 kW powerplant.”

The entry level MiTo is now powered by the new 1.4TB 114 kW unit, delivering its maximum power at 5500 rpm along with a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm, which enables it to accelerate from 0-100 kmh in just 8.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 215 kmh. Around town, drivers can achieve 8.5 l/100 km, while motorway journeys and the combined cycle are 5.3 l/100 km and 6.5 l/100 km respectively.

The Alfa MiTo is fitted with 17″ alloy wheels — similar to those that appear on the Alfa 8C Competizione —inside, the Mito features sports cloth upholstery and sports dials with white illumination and a carbon fibre effect dashboard. The MiTo comes with the Blue&Me hands-free system with voice recognition, and media player with USB port and front fog lights.

Situated beside the gearlever, a three-position switch alters the behaviour of vehicle dynamics with the system working on engine, steering, suspension, and gearbox.  This creates three different vehicle behaviour modes based on the driving style best suited to the situation, terrain or the wishes of the driver.

Ideal for urban driving, the Normal setting ensures the engine is tuned for agility in the city. However, shifting the DNA lever to the Dynamic setting delivers a sportier driver experience. Power steering assistance is reduced to bring a sportier feel to the steering and there is less intrusion from the Vehicle Dynamic Control and the Anti Slip Regulation systemsWhen Dynamic mode is selected on the 114 kW Alfa MiTo, drivers can utilise an over-boost facility for increased driving entertainment.

Poor, low-grip weather conditions — loose surfaces, wet or snowy situations —prompt the driver to switch to the All Weather mode, in which the traction control system increases its sensitivity, thus minimising the prospect of a loss of control in adverse conditions.

“With its new variants, prices and specification, the Alfa Romeo Mito not only maintains Alfa Romeo’s reputation for blending performance and style with value for money,” says Mr Malatios. “It also enables drivers looking for something more than a boring small car to own part of a 100 year legend — an Alfa Romeo.”

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