The model accomplishes two important targets for the Milanese marque: it will cover a very interesting segment of the market (18 to 30 year-olds) and it will use smaller engines that will move down the average CO2 emissions of the brand. Alfa is using the Furiosa to have a small entry model: the current 147 is becoming the 149 in 2008, growing in size. The 149 denomination will be kept for the 5-door C-segment (think Golf, Focus) and the Furiosa will become the only 3-door Alfa available.
The Furiosa will be built on the Fiat Grande Punto platform and will use the new generation of small yet powerful T-Jet engines already seen in Fiats, from 120 to 200 HP. The car will also have a set of diesel engines, between 100 and 150 HP.
So, we have a new competitor (at least in Europe) for the Mini, BMW 1 Series and the upcoming Audi A1. Prices are expected to start from about 16,000 EUR.
[Source: Auto News]