New Alfa Romeo MiTo arrives next month

Prices for the small car, which was first introduced in 2009 in the UK, have been lowered across the range and the number of specification levels to choose from has been reduced to just four in a ‘streamlining’ of the range.

Turismo, Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf have all been replaced with new trim levels for 2011. In their place come lower priced models in the shape of entry-level Progression, Sprint, Distinctive and range-topping Quadfrifoglio to replace the sports-inspired Cloverleaf name.

However, the only changes include a new exterior colour; Metal Bronze, and the addition of cruise control, sports pedals and rear parking sensors to the two top specifications, Distinctive and Quadrifoglio.

Available with a choice of 1.4-litre 8v 78bhp, the 1.4-litre MultiAir 105bhp engine and a single diesel, the 1.3-litre JTDM-2, which offers sub-100g/km emissions for the first time.

This means the MiTo is congestion charge free and exempt from road tax in the UK, while business and fleet users claim 100 per cent capital allowance for the first year.

The 1.3-litre model, available in Sprint specification, costs £14,450. The most expensive car in the range is the 1.4-litre MultiAir 170bhp Quadrifoglio Verde at £17,995 – the replacement for the Cloverleaf model previously topping the MiTo range.

The new Alfa Romeo MiTo will go on sale next month at 52 Alfa Romeo dealers in the UK, including the Perrys Alfa Romeo in Amersham dealership.

Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo, released the Alfa Romeo Giulietta last year and places to introduce a new saloon, named the Giulia, to its range as early as next year.