Alfa Romeo’s revised 147 hatchback will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next week.
Alfa ’s revised 147 hatchback will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next week.
The updated car will be available on the Continent from December this year but will not make it to the UK until February 2005. No official prices have been released but petrol models are likely to start at around £14,500, and the diesel versions £15,500.
The car will be available with either three or five doors and with three different trim levels: Impression, Progression and Distinctive. The range will offer three petrol and three diesel engines with a manual gearbox or a development of Alfa’s Selespeed automatic with paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
The petrol engines feature Twin-Spark ignition. The two 1.6-litre units develop 105bhp and 108bhp respectively, and a 2.0-litre 16v unit develops 150bhp. All three diesel engines have a 1.9-litre capacity and deliver 100bhp, 115bhp or 150bhp.
Reflecting the new design direction of Alfa’s range, the majority of restyling work has gone on at the front of the car. Changes include a lowered grille, elongated headlamps and a deeper front spoiler with air intakes. The rear receives only minor alterations to the light clusters.
Alfa’s new Comfort suspension system will be introduced on the new 147. This is designed to provide greater levels of comfort without affecting handling and will be standard on the 150bhp 1.9 JTD16v M-Jet.
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