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Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre, the new 159 has a number of distinctive features that highlight its strong personality and make it immediately recognisable as an Alfa.

At the front the 159 shares its styling cues with the new Brera. The front appears strong and essential, being dominated by the traditional Alfa Romeo V-shaped grille.

The rear end features elongated lights and it is topped off by a small spolier, while the more powerful models also get chromed double exhaust pipes.

The new model is roomier than the 156 as the 159 is 4 660 mm long, 1 828 mm wide and 1 417 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2 700 mm.

In typical Alfa tradition the speedometer, rev counter and other instruments are circular.

Alfa claims that the 159 features "top class" passive safety measure as the car boasts as eight airbags and an innovative restraint systems and front seats with an "anti-whiplash" device.

Furthermore Alfa Romeo engineers have designed and developed a new "premium" floorpan which adopts high performance materials, multiply sheet metal and laser welding.

The 159 features a range of new engines. First of all, the three new JTS engines with continuous dual variable valve timing (inlet and exhaust): the 3.2 V6 24v (191 kW / 322 Nm), the 2.2 (136 kW / 230 Nm) and the 1.9 (118 kW / 190 Nm).

On the diesel side the 159 comes with a 2.4 JTDM 5-cylinder 20v engine (147 kW / 400 Nm), and two 1.9 JTDM engines - the first is a "16v" delivering 110 kW and torque of 320 Nm, the second is an "8v" delivering 88 kW and torque of 280 Nm.

The 159 offers an evolved permanent four-wheel drive system with three differentials.

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