The Alfa Romeo 159 is a D-segment car produced by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo between 2005 and 2011. It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2005 to replace the 156. The 159 uses the GM / Fiat platform high -end shared with the Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider production car , and concept cars Kamal and Visconti. The 159 came in third place in the European Car of the Year 2006. The production of the 159 ended in late 2011, but is still marketed in several countries.
The Alfa Romeo 159 has had a troubled development , is designed in the middle of the joint venture Fiat General Motors was completed in 2005. Originally, the 159 was designed to use the Epsilon platform GM at the end of its development has changed the platform GM / Fiat Premium. Unfortunately, at the end of the transition from 159 to what was done primarily as a platform E – segment which resulted in 159 overweight, a problem shared by her sisters , the Alfa Romeo Brera coupe and Spider convertible. In 2008, amendments were made to the interior , dashboard , instruments and materials and aluminum components , reducing the empty weight of 45 kg.
The 159 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Centro Stile Alfa. The nose has an Alfa Romeo grille and V-shaped bonnet and headlamps traditional cylinder head. A high waistline broadens until it reaches the rear pillar “C”. Several examples of exterior design for the car that looks bigger , presumably to attract potential buyers in the United States , however, the 159 has never been exported to the region.
The interior also features the familiar vintage car styling treatments, including the 156, as deeply recessed instruments which are angled towards the driver. Alfa Romeo 159 intended to compete more directly with the BMW , Mercedes- Benz and Audi interiors with superior materials , however, said he misjudged the position of the Alfa Romeo brand in relation to what is known manufacturers German luxury car.
159 the two configurations is shown in four -wheel drive and to the front. The four- wheel drive ” Q4 ” uses a C double type Torsen differential and is available in 3.2 liter 2.4 liter petrol and diesel. The gearbox is a six-speed manual on most models , and a six-speed automatic Q – Tronic is available for 1.9 petrol 3.2 diesel and 2.4 diesel models. The Selespeed gearbox is for sale in some countries with the 2.2 petrol engine. All petrol engines Alfa Romeo 159 is a direct fuel injection , named as JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric ). Diesel direct injection common-rail direct fuel JTD are.