New Alfa Romeo 149 Spied Winter Testing
Alfa Romeo will replace its ging 147 hatchback with two seperate models. The 3-door version is being replaced by a little sport-hatch known as the Junior, of which we’ve seen spy shots. The 5-door will be replaced by an entirely different model, likely to be labeled 149, but this is the first time we’ve seen it.
While the 3-door will be based on the Fiat Grande Punto, the 149 shares its platform with the larger Fiat Bravo. The car in the spy shot is wearing mostly Bravo bodywork, but a sharp eye will notice the trademark Alfa grille up front. Engine options will likely include a range of Fiat Group powerplants from the T-Jet and M-Jet series, and could include a 265-hp V6 for the GTA version.
The 149 will hit European markets with a €20 000 base price sometime in mid 2009 after the Junior becomes available this coming October.