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by George Skentzos

Following the design chemistry first introduced with the 8C Competizione then successfully transplanted onto its new MiTo model, Alfa Romeo has revealed its stunning 149 hatch.

A direct rival to the Ford Focus, the new 149 is based on the same platform as the Fiat Bravo which is also shared with the Lancia Delta.

The 147 replacement is deceptively familiar to the new MiTo however features a much more performance oriented design with its raked hind quarters, spoiler, twin exhaust pipes and LED tail-lamps.

 2009 Alfa Romeo 149 hatch first look

It will have the performance to match its good looks, with power expected to come from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.9-litre diesel unit with power ranging from 90kw to an impressive 185kW.

Available in both three and five door guise, the new Alfa Romeo 149 hatch will go on sale in European markets by mid 2009 with local availability yet to be announced.

Source: AutoExpress




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