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2009-02-19 12:05
With Chrysler's loan agreement documentation already leaking the names of its forthcoming models, Alfa decided to slip some Geneva bound 159 images for good measure.

Last month, Chrysler's private capital owner, Cerberus, said Fiat would receive a 35% stake in Chrysler in exchange for access to engines (especially small, efficient diesels), platforms and vehicles.

Alfa America?

The Italians would have option on raising their stake to more than half too. Fiat's participation though, is dependent on Chrysler securing additional U.S. government loans.

Unsurprisingly negotiations are currently vacillating. Documentation did mention the 147 will be replaced by a car called the Milano next year, whilst the Giulia will succeed 159 by 2011.

If the deal does come to fruition, it should see more Alfa Romeo products on sale stateside – including the facelifted 159. 

Direct injection turbo power

Featuring two new engines, the upgraded 159 was kept well under wraps in the run-up to the Geneva motor show. With the Chrysler loan documents leaking the name of its replacement – Giulia – the Italians could not help themselves and have flooded media outlets with images of the facelifted 159.

Mechanically both new engines are both turbocharged, direct-injected and displace 1.8l. The 1.8l TBi produces 150kW whilst the compression ignition JTDm is good for 128kW.

Gearboxes are six-speed in either manual or automatic or configuration, with the petrol powered cars boasting a trick Q2 electronic front differential to quell torque steer.


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