UPDATE: The new Alfa Romeo baby hatch will be called the Alfa Romeo Mi.To – click for more info!
The latest car manufacturer to enter the fray of creating small cars to compete against the BMW MINI Cooper is Alfa Romeo. Internally, this new car is known as the 955. The new car will share a platform with the Fiat Grande Punto, and will offer technologies like SDC active suspension where various settings can be set via a Ferrari-like steering wheel switch, and an engine with an electronically controlled hydraulic valve actuation (similiar to VVTi-E) combined with a throttle-less intake called the Multiair engine.
Multiair engine options will include a 105 hp 1.4 litre normally aspirated unit, two 1.4 litre JTB turbos making 135hp and 180hp, a 1.8 litre JTB making 230 horsepower, and two diesels – a 120hp 1.6 litre JTDm and a 150 horsepower 1.6 litre JTTDm. These engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a Selespeed automated manual.
Following the footsteps of Volkswagen which used a public voting system to name its new Tiguan SUV, Alfa Romeo had a public vote to let the public choose the name of the new car. Choices included Agea, Enos, Everson, Fira, Furiosa, Milo, Mod, Nevo, Solea, Sparvo, Velvetta and Ventura, and the winner turned out to the name Furiosa.
So there you have it. The Alfa Romeo Furiosa. There are currently two camps on where this will fit in the Alfa Romeo model line up – some say it is a smaller model than the 147 replacement (previously to be called the 149, should be a proper word-based name now), and everyone else says this is the new 147 replacement. But looking at segments, the 147 replacement should be based on a platform similiar to the Bravo (C-segment) instead of the Grande Punto (B-segment), so I tend to agree with the smaller-than-147/149 camp.
One more sketch after the jump.