After an impressive unveiling of the Brera and 159 at the
Geneva Salon, interest is rising in the next batch of
models which are set to complete the new Alfa Romeo range.
Now firmly under development, the Alfa Romeo 147
replacement will be the next new addition to the family,
scheduled for launch in late 2006.
As with the Brera and 159, a no compromise package is
expected, offering the highest level of quality, combined
with elegant lines and a sporty heart.
pre-production prototypes of this new sporty hatchback have
yet hit the road, with the final body design still
undergoing a feasibility study at Elasis. As soon as the
final body design has been chosen, and the dimensions fixed,
Alfa Romeo traditionally outsource the fabrication of ‘mules’
to engineering companies such as Stola, where current
production models are professionally modified and fitted
with prototype technical components. In the case of the Alfa
Romeo 147 replacement, internally code-named as ‘Progetto
940’, there have been reports that mules are already on
the road, testing the new underpinnings.
Progetto 940 will represent the first Alfa Romeo to be
fitted with the new Compact platform. Valuable test data on
this platform has already been gathered with the Alfa Romeo
Kamal project having been fitted with the same platform
during its previous development phase. Several platform test
mules were constructed using Fiat Stilo Multiwagon shells,
and trialled around Balocco and the demanding Nürburgring
test track. The results were promising, with the prototypes
displaying excellent handling characteristics.
the limited information flow at this early stage,
Italiaspeed can already offer an impression of what the
exterior design will look like. Several sources have
confirmed the styling of the car, in particular stressing
the well executed combination of sharp and round shapes.
Design features from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione have
been used to create a unique rear end. The rear wheel arches
will be well emphasized, in accord with the latest trend in
automotive design, as seen on the Alfa Romeo Brera and 159,
as well as other makes such as the new Mercedes-Benz
with the Alfa 159, twin exhaust pipes are expected on
the high power versions of the Alfa 147
features from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione are
expected to make an appearance on the 147
tall grille will dominate the face of the car, extending
from the bonnet to the bottom of the bumper. The remainder
of the lower bumper design will feature large open
sections, whilst the front lights will be similar to those
used on the Alfa 8C Competizione concept.
The harmonious combination of elegance and
aggressiveness simultaneously portrays the new direction
of Alfa Romeo vehicles, sporty, yet comfortable, an
unrivalled combination of both. The new Alfa 149 hatchback will
therefore present a totally different face and rear end
treatment to that of the 159 and Brera, whilst remaining
within the boundaries of the new styling direction in
terms of surface treatment.
wide choice of motorisations will be offered, with a new
120 bhp 1.6 litre diesel engine fitted with Multiair
variable valve actuation being the most interesting of the
new engine serves as a replacement to the 8 valve 1.9
litre JTD engine, displaying the same power output, with
substantially reduced emissions output and fuel
more engines are expected to complete the diesel range,
including a 150 bhp 1.9 M-JET.
Whether a high power variant of the 1.9 litre will
feature, as indicated late last year, or the new 2.4 litre
5-cylinder is still as yet unknown.
The base specification petrol engine will be a 1.6 litre,
with 115 bhp, an ideal choice for inner city use. A 135 bhp version of this engine will also be
offered, whilst a 2.2 litre JTS, and 3.2 litre V6 will
serve the top of the range.