The Alfa Romeo 156 is a D-segment car produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1997 to 2007. It was introduced in 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show as a replacement for the Alfa Romeo 155. The cars were assembled at Fiat Group factory in Pomigliano d’Arco , Italy and General Motors facility in Rayong, Thailand, the Alfa Romeo 156 is available in sedan and estate body ” Sportwagon ” with seven engine configurations and went through two facelifts , first in 2002 and second in 2003. The Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon advertising campaign was made with Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta -Jones. The Alfa Romeo 156 sedan was arrested in late 2005 in Europe , the Crosswagon Q4 four-wheel drive was held at the end of 2007. The 156 was replaced with 159 , which also spawned the Brera , the two door coupe that replaces the Alfa Romeo GTV along with its convertible sister the Alfa Romeo 156.
2002 also saw the arrival of an interior facelift with different matte surfaces and chrome accents. The new version uses the digital temperature control with dual zone 147, the indoor climate can also be ordered via the sensor air quality. A variety of colors are available for the interior, with the possibility of a very similar to the two-tone interior BMW is presented at the time. A wide range of options including xenon lighting , tele -informatics and Bose stereo system were available, the stereo can now be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel. In addition, the control system has been updated Selespeed , buttons on the steering wheel were replaced by paddle shifters, as seen earlier in the Alfa Romeo 147. In the center console was added multifunctional display with trip computer , fault and service monitor. Electronic stability control device as VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) , Brake Assist and drag the ASR (Anti Slip Regulation ) control came as standard. Also a MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung ) is in the drive , this device prevents the drag wheel restoring torque on the engine, for example, when the train moves abruptly in poor adhesion. Passive safety also made better, all versions got window airbags as standard.
End of 2003 saw the launch of a restyled 156 with new fascias designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and forward. Up range was added new TI designation of a sport kit trim level, this version was equipped with a modified , large wheels and leather-trimmed interior suspension. This forty facelift divided opinion with some preferring the pre -look – nice facelift with people who sing the praises of the new more aggressive attitude of the latest models. The GTA models never received the update out. Diesel engines have undergone a major re -added – working , new four valves per cylinder , common rail injection second stage with 1400 bar maximum injection pressure with up to five injections per cycle to reduce noise , consumption and high performance. They were measured at 140/150 PS Right 4 1.9 liter 16-valve 175 bhp 2.4 liter straight -5 20 valves.
In 2004 , versions of the Q4 four wheel drive reaches certain markets , known as Crosswagon Q4 and Sportwagon Q4. These cars were equipped with a Torsen C system of four -wheel drive and high ground clearance. The Crosswagon version was made to look more like mountain biking, protective door aluminum bumpers front and rear are equipped with aluminum inserts. The Sportwagon Q4 was a normal version seems a little more clearance higher than the Sportwagon drive the front wheel ground.
In September 2001, the 156 GTA and Sportwagon GTA were launched at Frankfurt Motor Show. The Alfa Romeo 156 was named after the Alfa Romeo GTA from the 1960s , the letters GTA meaning Gran Turismo Alleggerita. Although the name suggests a light car , the GTA is not any lighter than the base 156. In fact, he was 91 pounds heavier than the 2.5-liter V6. With its 3.2-liter engine that is easy to get very varying fuel consumption figures , fuel consumption in urban areas is 15.6 mpg imperial EC Combined 23.3 mpg imp , consumption extra urban is 32.8 mpg -imp.
The first Alfa Romeo GTA was auctioned online between September 23 and 13 , the duration of Frankfurt. Winning bid was 48,691.26 euros, which was given to the charity fund ” Telethon “. Equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 engine with six-speed manual or six-speed Selespeed transmission GTA variants were aimed at the performance market. GTA variants boasted 250 PS , had a lower and stiffer suspension, body kit badge and leather interior. The suspension was made ??specifically for the GTA by Fiat Research Centre and Fiat Auto Design and Development Department.Steering also made faster, only 1.7 turns lock to lock against 2.1 in normal models. The GTA also has much larger front brakes 305 mm and 276 mm rear discs. The front discs were later updated to 330 millimeters. GTA then stopped production in October 2005 citing the upcoming replacement of the 156, the Alfa Romeo 159.
The Alfa Romeo 156 offered various engines and power levels during its lifespan , four and six-cylinder petrol engines and four five-cylinder diesel engine , all produced in Pratola Serra except the V6 engine , which took place plant Alfa Romeo in Arese. The 1.9 JTD diesel was the first common rail diesel engine in a passenger car in the world.