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Alfa Romeo Junior (2009)
11 March 2008 12:59
Do Punto underpinnings mean Punto power for the Alfa Junior?
Oh yes. Expect the range to start with a 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol and a 130bhp 1.9-litre diesel. We’re not expecting the smaller 1.3-litre diesel to appear: this is a supermini, and an Alfa one at that.
The rest of the range will be powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre petrol. Fiat currently offers that engine in 120, 135, 155 and 178bhp forms, across the 500 and Punto ranges. There’s no word yet on which variations will appear in the Alfa, but expect the 178bhp engine to top the range.
Whether that car will be badge GTA is another matter. Rumours have been coming out of Turin that a 230bhp car could take on the Mini JCW. But whether the 1.4-litre could take the power remains to be seen: the Grande Punto Abarth SS upgrade to 178bhp only comes with a 20,000km warranty.
Will Alfa really call this car Junior?
Maybe. An internet vote was held to find a name, but the winner – Furiosa – doesn’t seem to have found much favour in Turin. We’ll find out for certain come the autumn of 2008.