• Mar 3, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Alfa Romeo 159

Of all the cars in the world, the Alfa 159 is one of the last we would have thought needed a refresh. Unfortunately, the sedan's styling hasn't translated into a market success for the Italian automaker, so they've opted for a facelift. Thankfully they haven't messed with the near perfection of the 159's lines too much, sharpening up the already razor-sharp lines in the hope that the updated 159 will help the brand hold down the C-segment in Europe until the Giulia that's set to replace it rolls around late next year. Check it out in the gallery below.



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Alfa Romeo 159 (sedan and Sportwagon) with the new engines

Space at Geneva also for the Alfa 159 and the Alfa 159 Sportwagon models: the first is an exclusive sedan combining refined Italian style with the "elegant sportiness" of Alfa Romeo. The Alfa 159 Sportwagon on the other hand combines the style, performance and handling of a genuine sports car with the flexibility of use and luggage space versatility of a prestigious station wagon.

The versions exhibited offer two new Euro 5 compliant engines which will be available from the beginning of April: the 1.75 liter 200 HP TBi engine and the 2.0 liter 170 HP JTDM engine. In detail, the Alfa Romeo 159 is fitted with the new 1.75 liter TBi engine (Euro 5) - maximum output 200 HP from 4750 to 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1400 rpm – giving it a maximum speed of 235 km/h and acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in barely 7.7 seconds.

Standing out against a delightful Rosso 8C, the powerful Alfa Romeo sedan is offered in the TI sporting version, featuring lowered geometry, bigger tires, 19 inch alloy rims, miniskirts and large aluminum brakes with red calipers. So, a very determined-looking car with a decidedly "ground-hugging" look. Inside, the TI environment is recognizable from the shaped sports seats in perforated leather with the Alfa Romeo logo stitched in red, plus the steering wheel with sports grip and the gear knob covered in leather with red stitching.

The internal coverings are black and the insignia are in "brushed dark aluminum". The same impression of sportiness appears in the instrument panel graphics, the pedals and the aluminum scuff plate with TI logo. Finally, this particular version comes with high-end equipment including triple-zone climate control, VDC system with Electronic Q2, Blue&Me Nav GPS and entertainment system, Bose Hi-Fi system and Cruise Control.
Next to this car, the public can admire an Alfa 159 Sportwagon equipped with the new 2.0 liter 170 HP JTDM engine (Euro 5). With this engine, the car can reach 216 km/h and takes 9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. The version displayed at Geneva is a Sport which is differentiated from the outside by the exclusive 18 inch alloy rims with the new "Turbine" design.

Inside, the eye is caught by the sports steering wheel with radio commands, the gear knob covered in leather with black stitching and the new sports seats covered in leather. Giving a further impression of sportiness, the head lining, the parcel shelf and the pillar fairings are black, while the badges are in "brushed aluminum" and the instrument panel employs "sporty" graphics. Finally, the equipment (standard and optional) offered on this car is very high-spec: triple-zone climate control, Cruise Control, VDC system (with Electronic Q2), Bose Hi-Fi system, GPS system (with telephone and voice commands), and Visibility Pack (rain, mist and twilight sensors).


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      • 5 Years Ago
      okay, I'm a humongous 159 fan, but I can't see any changes except for the alloys and the TBi badge, which is for the new engine...
      • 5 Years Ago
      am i the only one that's drooling both over the vehicle and the girl in the background?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Keep the skinny blond and give me the car, please, in Black. Thank you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ryan - I noticed her. Very hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      stop stealing the brushed metal mirrors from Audi's S-line.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Audi can keep them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did Audi Patent metal mirror housings? stop bitching.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Between this and the Mito, i'm getting real sore that i can't buy an Alfa Romeo here in the US. Sure they bring the 8C Competizione here but I, along with just about everyone else, can't afford it nor will I even see it on the roads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      am i the only one who doesn't like the alfa styling? maybe because i have never seen one with my own eyes, but i don't like their exterior design language.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes you are the only one ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're not the only one. The 159's face is fugly. It's not attractive. The body is great for a four door, but who wants to drive a butterface?
        • 5 Years Ago
        thats what i was thinking..maybe the pictures dont do this car justice and it is stunning in person, but from what i see, im not a fan of that nose job. on the other hand, they have really nice interiors, which is not something i can say about many car makers..
        • 5 Years Ago
        here, check this out, maybe will help with your problem:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesthetics
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty
        • 5 Years Ago
        the front end is a (mostly)love or hate thing, but I can guarantee the lines and proportions of the car when seen in person make ANY bmw, merc or audi look like they're made of large bricks stacked next to each other.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're definitely not the only one. I can't stand the front end of any Alfa. I've never seen one in person, so I can't speak for the rest of the car, but every part of the front fascia just offends me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad they didn't mess with the already sharp exterior too much; they enhanced it! Also, why does every Alfa seem to look best in red? Finally, where's the new 169 at?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a beautiful sedan. I'll take one in the color shown, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Want. Desperately want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car is so perfectly designed, why aren't more people buying it? I like it, but, obviously the majority of car buyers don't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gorgeous car. How many billion lira do i need to buy one?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @yaroukh - touché
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can give it a try, but they use € since 2002.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like Alfa is debuting the 159 on a Kia Motors stand. Amazing thing is that these days nobody would be surprised if it were a Kia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing too. Hyundai and Kia are the next great Italian design houses. Who knew...

        I do want a Fiat or Alfa, so if someone can make that happen, I'd appreciate it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the 159 is a C-segment car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. It is a D segment car. C segment is the Alfa 147
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