Look at this amateur video, which gives us a very tiny glimpse of a camouflaged Alfa Romeo 149 test mule. Alfa’s new C-segment proposal will draw heavy inspiration from the marque’s halo model, the stunning 8c Competizione. If italian Fiat seals the proposed deal with Chrysler LLC, Alfa’s VW Golf rival will make its way to the States, however, don’t expect to see it here before 2011. In Europe, the Alfa Romeo 149 should hit dealerships by the end of the year.
The new Alfa Romeo 149 was caught in camo. The 149 will be based on the Fiat Bravo platform. That corresponds to a bigger 149 than the 147 it replaces.
The 149 is long, measuring some 4.3 metres, which is not far off the old 156. The range of powerplants will include the new 1.4 T-Jet and M-jet family of engines producing 120BHP/89kW and 265BHP/198kW for the GTA version, which should sport a V6 under the hood. A six-speed manual and automatic will be choice gearboxes for customers.
European pricing will be around ?20 000 for the base model.