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Alfa builds a hot mini


Alfa Romeo is about to introduce what it describes as its most compact sporty car to date.

The hatch, called the Mi.To (for Milan and Torino, not Me-Too) was named to indicate the deep-seated link between the past and future of the brand and the two north Italian cities.  Alfa says Milan, the city of design, brought the car’s style into being; Turin is where it will be built.  The choice of name highlights the brand’s strong desire to consolidate its Milanese roots. The Mi.To is the first new Alfa Romeo to be built since the 8C Competizione (our cover car) from which it borrows certain traits. Like the particular shape of the frameless side windows, the distinctive frontal treatment, the shape of the headlights and the LED taillights.  The dashboard, seats and interior have been designed to represent “the ultimate expression of Italian style” and use top-quality materials and close attention to detail. The Mi.To is compact – 4.06 metres long, 1.44 metres high and 1.72 metres wide. It is fitted with Alfa’s new DNA system which acts directly on the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox, allowing three different vehicle behaviour modes based on the driving style best suited to the situation or the customer’s wishes.

They are: sporting (Dynamic), town driving (Normal), maximum safety even in difficult grip conditions (All-Weather). Strong performance is guaranteed by a turbocharged range of petrol and diesel engines spanning 90 to 155bhp, with the range due to be extended by higher powered versions. The Mi.To has a true Alfa Romeo sporting set-up, featuring contractive suspensions – standard on all specifications and engines – that minimise roll and offer maximum active, passive and preventive safety. Alfa Romeo’s specially developed VDC stability system is fitted as standard, and the vehicle structure has been designed to obtain a top Euro NCAP crash safety rating in the future. The Alfa Mi.To will be introduced to the international press during June and will then be gradually introduced from July in all major markets.

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