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#323018 - 25th May 2009 3:05pm Alfa Romeo 149 spied
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A stealthily-clad Alfa Romeo 149 has been snapped while out and about in Turin. Due to go on Sale this summer, the successor to the nine year-old 147 will face strong competition in the form of the recently revised VW Golf and the new Vauxhall Astra.

At 4.3 metres long the 149 is only 100mm shorter than the old Alfa 156 saloon, and is set to come in five-door guise only. Based on the familiar Bravo platform, the 149 might be a Fiat underneath yet clearly has Alfa blood.

The pictures reveal compact front lights, similar to those of the MiTo and a stubby front end. The rear of the car features protruding round brake lights, again similar to the MiTo, with further LEDs across the boot lid, not dissimilar to those of the 159.

The 149 will feature a six-speed manual gearbox, with an automatic provided as an option. Power is expected to come from 1.4-litre petrol turbo and 1.9 diesel units ranging from 120bhp to 250bhp. Hot versions will get the Q2 diff to maximise traction.

Available in both three and five-door bodystyles, the new Alfa is due to go on Sale early next year, with prices starting at around £16,500.
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#323136 - 25th May 2009 9:02pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: BMW Joe]
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Looks nice, but I'd really lose the rubber coating.
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#323166 - 25th May 2009 10:21pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: DavidB]
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So, how many doors will it come with then?
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#323181 - 25th May 2009 10:59pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: Dave100e]
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This will be just a 5 door version

The MiTo will be the 3 door version
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#323196 - 26th May 2009 12:15am Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: BMW Joe]
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yep, 5 doors. The 147 only had 5 doors, and this wil continue the trend...

Not liking the idea of a 1.4... They released my 146 and 145 in 1.4 guise, but only released it in Europe and Ireland. Should stick with the popular 1.6 TS.

Cant wait to see if a GTA version is released... or to go back to old school and have the Cloverleafs and QVs happy
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#323317 - 26th May 2009 4:16pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: MGCraig]
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They should make a GTa with Q4 smile Go chasing the impreza's.

One thing though, its a 4 door. It has four doors. Not 5. Why do they call the boot a door? Are they idiots?
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#323414 - 26th May 2009 8:35pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: Dave100e]
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It's a door in the way it has hinges and angles outwards for access. But in the same way it has a petrol door and an engine door. I don't like it either. frown
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#323418 - 26th May 2009 8:38pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: DavidB]
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Ive always been confsed by it all, but arent 5 doors only given the name on Hatchbacks?

Saloons are 4 door usually, or am I mistaken?
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#323461 - 26th May 2009 10:16pm Re: Alfa Romeo 149 spied [Re: MGCraig]
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Yeah your right craig. A four door is a saloon. It silly though, the only time the hatch acts as a door is when your putting captives / dead bodies / your dog in there, so it shouldnt really count, like a bonnet or fuel cap, or glove box or sunroof.
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