New look 147 now on sale in South Africa
As before the 147 is available as a three and five-door with two petrol and two diesel engines (the new MultiJet being the big news) to choose from.
The updated 147 retains the original's well-proportioned, muscular lines, but the bonnet, front wings and front bumper are all new.
Furthermore the distinctive shield-type grille is now larger and positioned lower and further forward.
The most dramatic change, however, has been applied to the headlights - they now sweep back to follow the lines of the V-shaped bonnet.
At the rear designers have reworked the tailgate and extended the taillights in towards the centre line of the car.
Petrol engines in 88 kW 1.6 litre, and 110 kW 2.0 litre Twin Spark guise were joined in 2004 by the 85 kW 1.9 litre JTD common rail turbodiesel engine.
1.6 T. Spark
1 599 cc
88 kW @ 6 200 r/min
146 Nm @ 4 200 r/min
0-100 km/h: 10.6 seconds
Top speed: 196 km/h
2.0 T. Spark
1 970 cc
110 kW @ 6 300 r/min
181 Nm @ 3 800 r/min
0-100 km/h: 9.3 seconds
Top speed: 208 km/h
1.9 JTD UniJet
1 910 cc
85 kW @ 4 000 r/min
275 Nm @ 2 000 r/min
0-100 km/h: 9.9 seconds
Top speed: 191 km/h
1.9 JTD MultiJet
1 910 cc
110 kW @ 4 000 r/min
305 Nm @ 2 000 r/min
0-100 km/h: 8.8 seconds
Top speed: 208 km/h
The proven arrangement of double wishbones at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear continues, but a series of revisions mean the New 147's ride comfort has been enhanced.
The front shock absorber pistons are now longer and housed in Teflon guides, and this has been introduced in conjunction with minor changes to suspension design, both front and rear.
The 2005 147 range is comprehensively equipped, with all models featuring:
Six airbags - front, side and window bags
Climate control (manual on Progression models and dual-zone on Distinctive versions)
Load limiters and pretensioners for the front seatbelts
A steering wheel adjustable for height and reach
Height-adjustable driver's seat
Electric front windows and door mirrors (heated)
Steering wheel mounted audio controls,
Remote control central locking
60:40 split-folding rear seat
Leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob
Adjustable front armrest with storage compartment
All models come standard with an RDS radio/CD player and six speakers, while Distinctive models get even more kit in the form of a CD changer, front fog lamps, power rear windows, cruise control and leather upholstery.
Alloy wheels are standard across the range - 15-inch in the case of Progression models and 16-inch for the Distinctive models.
147 1.6 3-door Progression - R183 000 (incl VAT)
147 1.6 5-door Progression - R192 000
147 1.9 JTD 5-door Progression - R199 000
147 2.0 3-door Distinctive - R207 000
147 2.0 5-door Distinctive - R216 000
147 1.9 JTD MultiJet 5-door Distinctive - R219 000
Warranties and service
All Alfa models enjoy full after-sales backing in South Africa thanks to a comprehensive parts inventory and to trained technicians at Alfa Romeo dealerships countrywide.
Fiat Auto South Africa offers Alfa Romeo owners a 12-month Manufacturer Warranty, unlimited mileage and an additional 24-month dealer extended warranty or up to 100 000 km in total, three years on paintwork and five years on rust anti-perforation.
All Alfa Romeo enjoy a 36-month/60 000km maintenance plan.