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Diesel 159 heading to SA

2007-03-23 08:34

The Alfa Romeo 159 JTD here in June

Alfa Romeo showcased the diesel version of the 159 at the Durban Motor Show. The Italian carmaker says this model is the jewel in the 159 crown.

When the 159 2.4 JTD goes on sale here in June it will also debut Alfa's new Q-Tronic six-speed automatic transmission.

The newcomer respects Euro 4 limits, and incorporates a DPF (particulate trap) that eliminates fine dust in line with the limits currently envisaged for future Euro 5 legislation. It is a 'for life' system that doesn't need to be regenerated with additives, and will be eligible for tax incentives.

Derived from the familiar 2.4 JTD 20 valve 'common rail' engine, the new engine has 5 cylinders in line and is the most powerful engine in the JTD multivalve Multijet family.

Power is 147 kW at 4 000 r/min, while torque is 400 Nm at 2 000 r/min.

According to Alfa the 'Q-Tronic' automatic six-speed transmission available on the new 159 diesel allows the car to be driven in automatic mode with all the functions typical of an automatic transmission (parking, reverse, neutral and drive) or in sequential mode by simply moving the selector.

When the new Alfa 159 2.4 JTDM is officially launched in June 2007 the recommended retail price will be released. Indicative pricing will put it between that of the 159 2.2 JTS and the 159 3.2 Q4.

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