Alfa 159 estate and Spider: more details

31 January 2006

  • New 159 estate and drop-top on show at Geneva
  • Cars on sale in UK at the end of 2006
  • Prices likely to start at around £20,000

alfa spider 2006

Alfa will unveil its new 159 Sportwagon estate and Spider convertible at the Geneva Motor Show at the end of February.

The sexy Spider looks just as good as the Brera coupe, which we've already had the chance to drive. The new car goes on sale in the UK towards the end of 2006, so we've got a while to wait before we find out whether it handles as well as the Brera.

Two petrol models will be on offer initially – a 185bhp 2.2-litre unit and a 260bhp 3.2-litre V6 motor. Prices are likely to start in the region of £26,000.

The 159 Sportwagon was originally to go on sale in the UK in 2005, but Alfa says it delayed the launch until this February to ensure quality problems were removed from early production models. Alfa says it's trying to beat prestige German rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey.

Overall, the estate is exactly the same length as the saloon version, and although Alfa has given the new estate sleek styling, the amount of boot space hasn't yet been disclosed.

Just as in the saloon version of the car we've already driven and reviewed, the estate will be available with a broad range of six engines. The three petrol engines offer 160bhp, 185bhp and 260bhp, while the diesel engines provide 120bhp, 150bhp or 200bhp. All use a manual six-speed transmission as standard.

Prices are likely to start approximately £1000 above the saloon, at about £20,000.

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