Alfa shares Mi.To philosophy

  • 15-Jul-2008 10:32 EDT
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The compact Mi.To hatchback shares styling cues from the Alfa 8C and the compact platform of the Fiat Punto.

Alfa Romeo has released preliminary information about the strangely named Mi.To small hatchback. The letters are abbreviations for Milano, where it was styled, and Torino (Turin), where it will be produced.

A three-door hatchback, with a 4060 mm (159.8 in) length, 1720 mm (67.7 in) width, and 1440 mm (56.7 in) height, the tiny Alfa is based on the Fiat Grande Punto. The Fiat Group decided it wanted something special for the little car's debut and saved the Mi.To for an individual introduction. The car does not replace the slightly larger 147 but is an additional model, stated Alfa.

It does have some design links to the 8C, including the shape of its frameless side windows, its frontal treatment, and the shape of its headlamps and LED taillights.

The car offers a choice of diesel and gasoline engines spanning 1.6- to 1.9-L and producing about 90-155 hp (67-116 kW), with higher powered versions planned. It comes with Alfa’s new DNA System, which provides sporting (Dynamic), city (Normal), and winter (All Weather) settings for an integrated response by the engine, gearbox, brakes, steering, and suspension.

The Mi.To has Alfa’s VCC stability system as standard, and the vehicle's structure is designed to obtain a top Euro-NCAP crash-safety rating in the future.

The Mi.To is now in production and will be introduced to markets from July.

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