The Alfa Romeo 159 is a compact executive car produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo between 2005 and 2011. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005, replacing the 156. The 159 uses the GM Premium platform, shared with the Brera and Alfa Romeo Spider car production, and the concept cars Kamal and Visconti. The 159 won third place in the 2006 European Car of the Year Awards. Production of the 159 ended in late 2011, but it is still marketed in several countries.
Development Alfa Romeo 159
The Alfa Romeo 159 has had a problematic development, is designed in the middle of the company Fiat-General Motors joint which was completed in 2005. Originally, the 159 was designed to use the Epsilon platform from GM, at the end of its development has changed the platform Fiat Premium. Unfortunately, the transition at the end of 159 that was done primarily as a platform for E-segment led to the 159 who are overweight, a problem shared by her sisters, the Alfa Romeo Brera coupe and convertible Spider. In 2008, changes to the interior, the dashboard, instruments and equipment and parts is introduced, which reduces the curb weight of 45 kg.
Styling Alfa Romeo 159
The 159 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Centro Stile Alfa. The nose offers a traditional Alfa Romeo V-shaped grille and bonnet, and cylindrical head light clusters. A high waist expands until it reaches the rear “C” pillar. Several exterior design elements intended to seem bigger, presumably to attract potential buyers in the United States, but the 159 was never exported to the region.
The interior also includes beauty care close to previous cars, including 156, too deeply embedded instruments which are angled towards the driver. Alfa Romeo 159 intended to compete more directly with the BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi using high quality materials inside, however, said that Alfa Romeo misjudged relative positioning to automakers known German luxury brand.
The 159 is available in front and in four-wheel drive configurations. The “Q4” four-wheel drive system uses a Torsen differential double C and is available in 3.2 liter petrol and 2.4 liter diesel engines. The gearbox is a six-speed manual on most models, and a six-speed automatic Q-Tronic is available for the diesel 1.9, 2.4 and 3.2 petrol models diesel.
Alfa Romeo 159 Power-train
The Selespeed gearbox is for sale in some countries with the 2.2 petrol engine. All petrol engines Alfa Romeo 159 are direct fuel injection, designated as JTS . JTD diesels are direct injection common rail.