3 months after the update of the MiTo, Alfa Romeo released the first pictures of the restyling of the Giulietta, just before its official presentation in Frankfurt. But the brand didn’t bring big changes with this update. Just as it happened to the MiTo, the compact 5-door keeps its beauty and Italian exterior shape, and upgrades the interior. In the exterior it is possible to find a new grill and new fog lights, with new colours and rims. The big changes come from inside, as it was the most critical issue. Many people just didn’t like it or had a lot of objections about its quality. Even if it looked great (in my opinion), Alfa Romeo wanted to offer a warmer dashboard, based on the opinion of several clients that believed that it was to gray and dark and lacked of emotion. That’s how in the MY 2014, it is possible to find a mix of the previous gray with nice colours according to the seats. In the upper versions the car looks really nice, and sometimes it seems to be part of D-Segment. I could personally see the new Giulietta thanks to a visit to Centro Stile in Turin, and I must say that it looks much nicer inside, with better materials and quite fancy. But it is not only an aesthetics matter. The Giulietta MY has new seats, and a new infotainment system that was already seen in the Fiat 500L and the MiTo. Based on these tiny changes, anyone could think that the brand is having a big success with both models, trying to change them the minimum it can (just as VW does it with the Golf). But the reality is another.
This is the way Alfa Romeo gets ready for a very difficult 2014. It will have to resist one more year without big news, with a 4C working on brand image, and two tired updated hatchbacks that probably won’t bring home any big numbers. The new Alfa will arrive in 2015 with the Duetto, and a C-SUV, while the Giulia and the E-Sedan (which is an official project) will have to wait one more year. But the future of all these projects (except for the Japanese Duetto) depend on two other things: Chrysler’s final merge, and labor union negotiations. Meanwhile we will have to wait.