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Alfa Romeo MiTo

The Alfa Romeo MiTo (Type 955) is a three-door luxury supermini officially introduced on June 19, 2008, at Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy  with an international introduction at the British Motor Show in 2008. The car was available in all Alfa's major markets in stages from July. The three-door hatchback is front-wheel drive and will be sold to compete with the MINI and the newer Audi A1. Designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the design is believed to be inspired by the 8C Competizione.
The MiTo is built on Fiat Small platform used on Fiat Grande Punto, also employed by the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa D. Between 2008 and 2012 around 200,000 Mitos were built.
Alfa Romeo MiTo
Overview
Manufacturer
Alfa Romeo
Production
2008-present
Assembly
Mirafiori, Turin, Italy
Designer
Juan Manuel Diaz (Centro Stile Alfa Romeo)
Body and chassis
Class
Supermini
Body style
3-door hatchback
Layout
Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform
GM Fiat Small platform
Related
Fiat Grande Punto
Fiat Linea
Opel Corsa D
Opel Meriva B
Powertrain
Engine
0.9 L I2 t/c petrol (TwinAir)
1.4 L I4 petrol
1.4 L I4 t/c petrol/LPG
1.4 L I4 t/c petrol (MultiAir)
1.3 L I4 t/c diesel (JTDM)
1.6 L I4 t/c diesel (JTDM)
Transmission
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission FPT C635
Dimensions
Wheelbase
2,511 mm (98.9 in)
Length
4,063 mm (160.0 in)
Width
1,721 mm (67.8 in)
Height
1,446 mm (56.9 in)
Curb weight
1,080–1,205 kg (2,381–2,657 lb)

Naming

The new car was provisionally named the "Junior". In 2007, a European competition was launched in which the public had a chance to name the car. The winner from each country could win an Alfa Romeo Spider or an Alfa Romeo mountain bike. The winning name was "Furiosa", which scored well in Italy, France, UK and Germany but not in Spain.
However, on March 14, 2008, Alfa Romeo announced officially that the name would instead be "MiTo", an abbreviation of the cities Milano (Milan) and Torino (Turin), because it was designed in the former and was to be assembled in the latter; the name is also a play on the Italian word "mito", meaning "mythical" or "legendary".

Features

Rear view of Mito
The car has a new "Alfa DNA" system which allows the driver to choose between three different driving settings: Dynamic, Normal, and All-Weather. This system controls the behavior of the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox. The MiTo also features LED tail lights and 250-litre (8.8 cu ft) of luggage space. The MiTo also features a Q2 electronic differential on the front wheels, which is active with the DNA switch in Dynamic position, and allows for faster and tighter cornering without loss of traction.

MiTo GTA Concept

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept (2009) - front view
Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept (2009) - rear view
The GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita), the sportiest version of the MiTo, was unveiled at the March 2009 Geneva Motor Show as a prototype. The concept has a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust. The maximum power is rated at 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp). The MiTo GTA concept has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph) and acceleration from zero to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 5 seconds. The weight of the GTA has been reduced by the use of carbon-fibre for the tailgate spoiler as well as the roof panel and mirror fairings. Aluminium is also used to reduce the weight. The suspension is lowered by 20 millimetres (0.8 in) over the standard car, and the car has active suspension.

MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde (2010) - front view
Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde (2010) - rear view
The Quadrifoglio Verde (see Alfa Romeo in motorsport article for the history of this emblem) version of Mito was presented in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Quadrifoglio Verde (English: green four-leaf clover) has traditionally been the highest line of Alfa Romeo models. The QV version has the new 1.4-litre 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) Multiair engine and newly engineered suspension, steering and new six-speed C635 gearbox developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT). The new multiair technology allows fuel consumption of 6 litres per 100 kilometres (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US) in EU combined driving and CO2emissions of 139 g/km.

2010 updates

2012 Alfa Romeo Mito at the Paris Auto Show

TCT Dual Dry Clutch Transmission

A new transmission for the MiTo was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the six-speed TCT is produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies in Verrone. Magneti Marelli delivers the control system which integrates BorgWarner's hydraulic actuation module into its own power and transmission control units. It can handle torque inputs of up to 350 Nm (260 lbft).

Blue&Me-TomTom

Alfa DNA switch
In Geneva was also unveiled Blue&Me–TomTom, this new system integrates TomTom navigation to the Blue&Me infotelematic system.

2014 updates

For model year 2014 the MiTo gets a new 105 PS 0.9 L Turbo TwinAir engine, new chrome-plated grille, new Anthracite grey colour and new burnished front light clusters. The car interior is also updated with new upholsteries and three new dashboards looks. The engine range now consists two turbo diesel engines (the updated E5+ 85 PS 1.3 L JTDM and the 120 PS 1.6 L JTDM) and five petrol engines: the 70 PS 1.4, the 78 PS 1.4, the 135 PS 1.4 MultiAir Turbo (with manual or Alfa TCT Dual Dry Clutch Transmission) and the 170 PS 1.4 MultiAir Turbo. The range has also 120 HP 1.4 LPG Turbo option.

Limited editions and special

Edizione Sprint (2009)

Limited to 250 examples, only for Belgian market. Available only with 1.3 JTDM 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) diesel engine. Bears special Sprint logo.

Maserati Version (2010)

In 2010 Alfa Romeo announced it would produce a limited 100 car series of Mitos to be distributed to Maserati dealerships in Europe. Maserati version MiTos feature same 125 kW (170 PS) engine as the Quadrifoglio Verde, and exclusive paint Blu Oceano. Aluminium kickplates and a badge on the HVAC controls on the car bear words "Alfa Romeo for Maserati". The cars are to be used as courtesy cars for Maserati service customers, very much like "for Ferrari Dealers" versions of the Fiat 500 and Abarth 500.

Quadrifoglio Verde 101 (2012)

Limited edition based on QV model, only 101 examples to celebrate 101 anniversary of Alfa Romeo existence. Rosso Alfa paint, 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) engine, Sabelt racing seats with alcantara upholstery and backrest made of carbon. From the outside, apart from paint and tinted windows, the car also sports new 18-inch alloy alloy wheels available, like the seats, exclusively for this model. Also as standard bi-xenon lights, Brembo brakes and active suspension "Dynamic Suspension".

MiTo SBK and MiTo Superbike Special Series

Mito SBK Superbike safety car
In Paris Motor Show 2012 was unveiled numbered limited edition (200 Units) MiTo SBK based on the 1.4 L 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) QV MiTo and the MiTo Superbike Special Series available with all the engines in the range - except for the 1.4 70 PS and 1.4 170 PS petrol engine. This version includes 16 inch titanium alloy wheels, chrome-plated spoiler and exhaust, mirror fairings in the shade of titanium, sporty rear bumper, black fog light frame and "SBK" logo on the rear of the car.

Engines

1.4 L MultiAir engine
At launch the MiTo will feature low-displacement turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Also, a power limited 79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp) naturally aspirated engine variant is produced to meet the new Italian legislation for young people. MiTo got new electro-hydraulic valve control system Multiair engines from September 2009. MultiAir engines will increase power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), as well as a considerable reduction in consumption levels (up to 10%) andCO2 emissions (up to 10%), of particulates (up to 40%) and NOx (up to 60%). This new engine is available with 105 PS (77 kW; 104 bhp),135 PS (99 kW; 133 bhp) and 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) power ratings. All multiair versions have start-stop system as standard. In October 2009 was unveiled a dual fuel MiTo version, this version can run with LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) or petrol, with this engine MiTo has range of 1,200 kilometres (750 mi). The LPG version is made in collaboration with Landi Renzo. In Summer 2010 came available Dual Dry Clutch Transmission called Alfa TCT. From model year 2011 the start-stop system came as standard to all versions. In the Frankurt Motor Show 2011 was introduced two new engines for MiTo the 0.9 L TwinAir straight-2 and new low emission 85 PS (63 kW) version of 1.3 JTD diesel engine.

Specifications


Engine
Type
Displacement
Power
Torque
0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed
Years
Petrol engines
0.9 TwinAir
I2
875 cc (53.4 cu in)
63 kW (85 PS) at 5500 rpm
145 Nm (107 lbft) at 2000 rpm
12.5 s
174 km/h (108 mph)
2011–
1.4 MPI
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
58 kW (78 PS) at 6000 rpm
120 Nm (89 lbft) at 4750 rpm
12.3
165 km/h (103 mph)
2008–
1.4 MPI
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
70 kW (95 PS) at 6000 rpm
129 Nm (95 lbft) at 4750 rpm
11.2
180 km/h (110 mph)
2008–
1.4 TB
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
88 kW (120 PS) at 5000 rpm
206 Nm (152 lbft) at 1750 rpm
8.8
195 km/h (121 mph)
2008–2009
1.4 TB
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
114 kW (155 PS) at 5500 rpm
230 Nm (170 lbft) at 3000 rpm
8.0
215 km/h (134 mph)
2009–
1.4 MPI (multiair)
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
77 kW (105 PS) at 6500 rpm
130 Nm (96 lbft) at 4000 rpm
10.7
187 km/h (116 mph)
2009–
1.4 TB (multiair)
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
99 kW (135 PS) at 5250 rpm
206 Nm (152 lbft) at 1750 rpm
8.4
207 km/h (129 mph)
2009–
1.4 TB (multiair) TCT
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
99 kW (135 PS) at 5250 rpm
230 Nm (170 lbft) at 1750 rpm
8.2
207 km/h (129 mph)
2010–
1.4 TB (multiair)
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
125 kW (170 PS) at 5500 rpm
250 Nm (184 lbft) at 2500 rpm
7.5
219 km/h (136 mph)
2009–
Diesel engines
1.3 JTD
I4
1,248 cc (76.2 cu in)
66 kW (90 PS) at 4000 rpm
200 Nm (148 lbft) at 1750 rpm
11.8
178 km/h (111 mph)
2008–2009
1.3 JTD
I4
1,248 cc (76.2 cu in)
70 kW (95 PS) at 4000 rpm
200 Nm (148 lbft) at 1500 rpm
11.6
180 km/h (112 mph)
2009–
1.3 JTD
I4
1,248 cc (76.2 cu in)
62 kW (85 PS) at 3500 rpm
200 Nm (148 lbft) at 1500 rpm
12.9
174 km/h (108 mph)
UK version
1.3 JTD
I4
1,248 cc (76.2 cu in)
62 kW (85 PS) at 3500 rpm
200 Nm (148 lbft) at 1500 rpm
n/a
n/a
2011–
1.6 JTD
I4
1,598 cc (97.5 cu in)
88 kW (120 PS) at 3750 rpm
320 Nm (236 lbft) at 1750 rpm
9.7
198 km/h (123 mph)
2008–
LPG engine
1.4 Turbo GPL
I4
1,368 cc (83.5 cu in)
88 kW (120 PS) at 5000 rpm
206 Nm (152 lbft) at 1750 rpm
8.8
198 km/h (123 mph)
2009–

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Engine
City consumption
Highway consumption
Combined consumption
CO2 emissions
0.9 TwinAir (85 PS)
n/a
n/a
n/a
98 g/km
1.4 MPI (78 PS)
7.7 L/100 km (37 mpg-imp; 31 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg-imp; 40 mpg-US)
138 g/km
1.4 MPI (78 PS) Start&Stop
7.3 L/100 km (39 mpg-imp; 32 mpg-US)
4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg-imp; 51 mpg-US)
5.6 L/100 km (50 mpg-imp; 42 mpg-US)
130 g/km
1.4 MPI (95 PS)
7.7 L/100 km (37 mpg-imp; 31 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg-imp; 40 mpg-US)
138 g/km
1.4 TB (120 PS)
8.1 L/100 km (35 mpg-imp; 29 mpg-US)
5.0 L/100 km (56 mpg-imp; 47 mpg-US)
6.1 L/100 km (46 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)
145 g/km
1.4 TB (155 PS)
8.5 L/100 km (33 mpg-imp; 28 mpg-US)
5.3 L/100 km (53 mpg-imp; 44 mpg-US)
6.5 L/100 km (43 mpg-imp; 36 mpg-US)
153 g/km
1.4 MPI (105 PS)
7.6 L/100 km (37 mpg-imp; 31 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
5.8 L/100 km (49 mpg-imp; 41 mpg-US)
136 g/km
1.4 TB (135 PS)
7.4 L/100 km (38 mpg-imp; 32 mpg-US)
4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)
5.6 L/100 km (50 mpg-imp; 42 mpg-US)
129 g/km
1.4 TB TCT (135 PS)
7.1 L/100 km (40 mpg-imp; 33 mpg-US)
4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)
5.5 L/100 km (51 mpg-imp; 43 mpg-US)
126 g/km
1.4 TB (170 PS)
8.1 L/100 km (35 mpg-imp; 29 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
6.0 L/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)
139 g/km
1.3 JTD (90 PS)
6.0 L/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)
3.6 L/100 km (78 mpg-imp; 65 mpg-US)
4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg-imp; 52 mpg-US)
119 g/km
1.3 JTD (95 PS)
5.5 L/100 km (51 mpg-imp; 43 mpg-US)
3.6 L/100 km (78 mpg-imp; 65 mpg-US)
4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg-imp; 55 mpg-US)
112 g/km
1.3 JTD (95 PS) Start&Stop
5.5 L/100 km (51 mpg-imp; 43 mpg-US)
3.6 L/100 km (78 mpg-imp; 65 mpg-US)
4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg-imp; 55 mpg-US)
104 g/km
1.3 JTD (85 bhp) Start&Stop
4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg-imp; 51 mpg-US)
3.0 L/100 km (94 mpg-imp; 78 mpg-US)
3.6 L/100 km (78 mpg-imp; 65 mpg-US)
95 g/km
1.3 JTD (85 PS) Start&Stop
n/a
2.9 L/100 km (97 mpg-imp; 81 mpg-US)
3.5 L/100 km (81 mpg-imp; 67 mpg-US)
90 g/km
1.6 JTD
5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg-imp; 40 mpg-US)
4.1 L/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
126 g/km
1.6 JTD Start&Stop
5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg-imp; 40 mpg-US)
4.1 L/100 km (69 mpg-imp; 57 mpg-US)
4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg-imp; 49 mpg-US)
114 g/km
1.4 Turbo GPL
10.6 L/100 km (27 mpg-imp; 22 mpg-US)
6.6 L/100 km (43 mpg-imp; 36 mpg-US)
8.1 L/100 km (35 mpg-imp; 29 mpg-US)
131 g/km
(petrol mode)
Note: Consumption figures according to European Commission Directive 1999/100/EC.
Alfa Romeo MiTo UK Version (2009) - front view

Alfa Romeo MiTo UK Version (2009) - rear view

Safety

A Mito in London
The MiTo has seven airbags as standard, and received a ‘good’ or green result from the first ever Euro NCAP rear impact test (whiplash).
The MiTo received the following ratings:
Euro NCAP test results
LHD, 3-door hatchback (2008)
Test
Score
Rating
Adult occupant:
36
5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars
Child occupant:
29
5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars
Pedestrian:
18
5 /5 stars5 /5 stars

Awards

2013

"Auto, motor und sport" - Bestes Auto des Jahres

2011

  • Die besten Autos 2011 - Category Import small cars - Auto, Motor und Sport

2010

  • What Car? Reader Awards - Supermini category winner
  • "My favorite cars" small car category Quattroruote
  • Die besten Autos 2010 - Category Import small cars - Auto, Motor und Sport

2009

  • "Auto Europa 2009" - UIGA (Union of Italian motoring journalists)
  • "The best cars of 2009" - Magazine Motopress Portugal - utility category - (February '09)
  • "The best car of 2009" - Slovenia - Avto Magazin - small car category - (February '09)

2008

  • "New Car of the Year" - readers Quattroruote
  • "My favorite cars" - Quattroruote readers - small car category
  • "Most beautiful car of 2008" - Repubblica.it
  • "Auto Leader 2008" - Poland - Study of automotive press (February '09)
  • "Cars Top 2008" - Poland - "Motor" and "Auto Moto" (February '09)
  • "Most beautiful car of 2008" - Poland - "Motor" and "Auto Moto" (February '09)

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Last updated on 25 March 2014 at 16:05.

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