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by George Skentzos

An all-new successor to the current Alfa Romeo 147 is due to be released later this year which will take its design inspiration from the 8C Competizione which also spawned the MiTo.

Though heavily camouflaged, the distinctive new Alfa Romeo styling means it is relatively easy to imagine what the new 149 looks like beneath the canvas, as depicted with these artists renderings.

The new 149 may come very close to the former Alfa Romeo 156 in length, but it is actually based on the platform of the current Fiat Bravo and will be available in five-door guise only.

2009 Alfa Romeo 149 spied

The new model line up will include a range of turbocharged petrol engines delivering between 89 and 198kW with a V6 unit for the range-topping GTA.

2009 Alfa Romeo 149 spied

Like the MiTo, the new 149 will receive a six-speed manual transmission with an automatic being available as an option for some engines.




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