• Oct 12, 2009
The Alfa Romeo 147 was voted European Car of the Year. But that was way back in 2001, the year after its launch. And despite a mid-cycle refresh, it's since grown a little long in the tooth. The Italian automaker introduced the MiTo to replace the three-door 147 last year, and has been hard at work since on the new Milano (previously referred to as "149") to replace the 147 five-door once and for all. Now, following months of speculation, spy shots and even some out-of-focus snapshots from the factory floor, we've got our best look yet at the new Italian hatchback.

If these images from Quattroroute are to be believed, it appears Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile has done a better job translating the 8C Competizione's design cues into the longer Milano than it did with the stubby MiTo. The snout does appear to extend a tad too far, giving the Milano (which, in these pictures, is wearing a 149 plate up front) a long front overhang, the trademark shield grille protruding with the headlights swept back. The tail end, as is often the case with Alfas, has some of the best lines in the business, and outfitted with the right engine, that may be all that other motorists see of it, anyway.

The jury's still out, but the latest reports indicate that the Milano won't make it to the North American market. Thanks for the tip, Vittorio!

[Source: Quattroroute]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      that's a beauty

      why are not more companies copying Alfa's designs instead of copying Bangle butts and flame surfacing crap?

        • 5 Years Ago
        As far as I can tell the current Lancer did, and it looks pretty damn sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The jury's still out, but the latest reports indicate that the Milano won't make it to the North American market.
      This always happens to us-always!
      oh well, at least we don't pay 30K+ for a civic
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm only going to get mine if it has rear door handles
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe its just me. and im not saying this is a bad thing. but the hood line reminds me a bit of my 98 taurus. just with more drastic features and a different grill
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always see a modern day interpretation of Edsel when looking at Alfas. They share the horse collar/female genitalia front end.
      Andrew
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats photoshopped look at that background
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anything that doesn't look like everything currently in the US market is a positive if you ask me. Even if I don't buy one (unlikely), I'd love to see new Alfa's running the roads of America once again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT those rims. That is all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks descent but not nearly special enough. Looks too similar to designs from Renault and Opel. Seems like they got scared after the 156 when it comes to designing mass-production cars. The 159 was a bit toned down compared to the 156. The MiTo showed some promise, but lacked pure beauty. This Milano looks a bit average, like Fiat models. Good-looking but not gorgeous enough to fall madly in love with it. And it's an Italian car, you don't buy it for reliability or class-leading handling or superior comfort, but for the irrational passion it incites.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a sweet car. It looks like a cayenne hatchback.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the alfa romeo panamera anybody?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is the front overhang so long? Simple - European crash and pedestrian safety regulations. They've forced most European carmakers to adopt ridiculously long, bluff front ends in order to offset the potential danger of killing pedestrians in a crash by putting more fresh air, or deformable space between the front end, bonnet/hood and the engine block. The end result is a ridiculously long front overhang and a hoodline which is substantially higher than the cars of 5-10 years ago.

      It's not an ideal solution, but I think Alfa Romeo have managed to work around the issue a lot better than some of their contemporaries. Go take a look at the Peugeot 308 for one of the worst examples.
        Pug_Power
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even a big Peugeot fan like me doesn't think the 308 is all that great looking. As for the Alfa, it's stunning like every Alfa ever made (barring the Arna).
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