• Oct 19, 2008
Alfa's MiTo already has us excited enough, and now along come images of the upcoming 149. Auto Express has put two shots of the pleasingly-styled hatch online. The 149, a replacement for the 147, shares some familial styling cues with the MiTo, which in turn shares some lines with the 8C Competizione. The 149 is an exceedingly handsome three- or five door that would woo us on looks alone. Performance will be there to back up the racy sheetmetal, with gasoline and diesel powerplants, variously turbocharged. At the low end, the 149 packs 120 horsepower, and it can reach as high as 250. The hotrod versions will also get a trick differential, dubbed Q2, which will aid in getting that power to the ground. The car will drop in mid 2009, and is rumored to adhere to US safety regulations, boding well for this sinewy Italian making it across the Atlantic to the North American market. Please. We're begging.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Though I think the 8c and Brera look great, the first thing I thought of upon seeing this was Subaru B9 Tribeca. For some reason the fairly attractive MiTo nose doesn't upsize well here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's because the current design head at Subaru came from Alfa.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a photoshop!
      The real 149 will be out next year!

      Insiders say it will be similar to this one:
      http://www.progetto940.it/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/149prog9401.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        The one on the link looks dramatically better! it looks sexy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First of all this is just another photoshop (not very inspiring I must say) from AE coupled with information that is partly right and partly wrong. First of all 149 (production car will get a proper name...one of the rumoured names is Milano) will be ONLY 5-door. Alfa will repleace 147 (3- and 5- door) with MiTo (3-door) and 149 (5- door). Engines will range from 120hp (1.6 JTDm) to 265hp (1.8 turbo). By then Multair (the Multiair system has no throttle which is always an efficiency drain in engines, but instead uses an electro-hydraulic system to actuate the valves. The system can provide full control over valve lift and timing.) will probably be incorporated in every petrol engine. The "149" will sit on an evolution of Bravo platform (independent suspension all around and 90% of components new) which will be ready for FWD and also AWD so more powerful engines will power all four wheels. ALL versions will get an electronic trick differential. This car is supposed to be presented somewhere in Europe in Q1 2009 and will reach the market in October 2009.


      PS If you are wondering where I got this info...well sometimes it helps to read official presentations before you write an article (talking to AE jouralists).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds about right man...

        On personal note, I prefer the design of the current 159 and Brera, the 8C design is not 1 face fit all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sbavare, btw, means "to drool".
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing everybody is missing (including Autoblog) is that those aren't actual pictures of the car: just photoshopped previews.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks really, really great, and fresh (I'm not an Alfa fan but it looks promising).

      Now the price and the reliability must just be right!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alfa's reliability hasn't been an issue for a long while, although their dealers. Their issue has mostly been with their dealers anyway, but they are rapidly improving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a Subaru Tribeca to me
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that's Italian for turd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Photoshop?? No way, this is a 3d rendering from Alias or another 3d prog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HOT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I defiantly prefer the old design language
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's Italian for "looks like its sucking on a lemon"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Edsel

        Seriously this car looks excellent
        • 6 Years Ago
        Does it actually look good though? I would rather disagree. The back curves into a shape similar to an Infinity FX, which looks nice. The side has good styling, with perfect rim size for the proportion. But the front really messes things up. The headlights are a bit off, and that "sucking on a lemon" look just doesn't do it for me - especially with the raised hood right above the upside-down triangle grill. If you cover the front half with your hand, it looks like an FX. But if you cover the back half and just look at the hood - it looks like some van, or even something like an R-type from Mercedes - where you don't know if it's a wagon or a van...

        Just my two centavos
        http://www.fuglyrides.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        it actually looks pretty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        except the Edsel's center grill wasn't as nicely styled
        i think this is well executed and looks even better than the mi.to
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