The Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon - Enhanced Comfort And Telematics

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

The Alfa 159 Sportwagon interior offers the latest systems made possible by today’s technology, and a range of options carefully considered to simplify and enhance life on board. Key options include Tri Zone climate control, xenon headlamps, satellite navigation (either independent or incorporated with CONNECT™), electrically adjustable front seats, a Bose sound system, privacy glazing, roof bars, a luggage retaining net and 18" alloy wheels.

Dual and Tri Zone climate control

The Dual Zone climate control system, fitted as standard across the Alfa 159 Sportwagon range, makes it possible for driver and front seat passenger to select a temperature differential of up to 16 degrees on either side of the cabin. The optional Tri Zone system further allows rear seat passengers to adjust air temperature and flow independently.

Both systems have solar sensors that monitor solar gain within the two zones and adjust the temperature accordingly, and also operate a bi-level system whereby warmer air can be directed to the floor vents and cooler air to the dashboard vents. The systems also feature a highly efficient active carbon pollen filter, and an Air Quality Sensor which automatically activates the climate control recirculation function to prevent the intake of air in areas of high pollution.

Bose sound system

The sophisticated Bose sound system, developed for Alfa Romeo by America’s leading acoustic Hi-Fi company, offers exceptional listening quality for each passenger under all conditions.

The system comprises a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and 10 loudspeakers, including a subwoofer built into the luggage compartment with its own 6-channel, 200 watt, digital amplifier for the reproduction of the lowest frequencies.


The CONNECT™ system, located in the centre console of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon, is a ground-breaking, on-line system that connects the driver to an extensive range of services via either manual control or voice commands.

At the heart of the system is a live telephone connection to a call centre manned by operators who, through automatic vehicle recognition, will always speak the driver’s language.

The CONNECT™ service includes the Drive Me system, which can find the address or telephone number of a private individual or company. The operator will also give the driver information on traffic and weather conditions en route, can find a bank, book a hotel or recommend a restaurant. If necessary, operators will guide a driver step-by-step to a destination.

Information on a requested destination is transmitted by the operator to the CONNECT™ system in the Alfa 159 Sportwagon and displayed in the form of an icon on the screen. This information may then be opened, stored in the unit’s directory, or entered directly into the satellite navigation system for immediate guidance. In the case of a restaurant or hotel, the operator can provide a phone number for future reference.

The new CONNECT™ system comes with a wide, 6.5", full colour active matrix TFT display screen. It includes an RDS radio with CD and MP3 music file playing functions, a trip computer, Dual Band GSM phone with hands-free operation, a GPS map navigation system, atlas function, voice activated commands for telephone and voice memo, and an SOS button connected to the Contact Centre for receiving information and assistance.

The Alfa 159 Sportwagon owner can take advantage of CONNECT™ services at any time; when travelling on business, or on holiday.

Xenon headlamps

The safety benefits of xenon headlights over conventional halogen lamps are underlined by simple statistics: light intensity doubles, as does the longevity of the lamp itself. Xenon headlamps also consume less energy and distribute the light beam more effectively.

Due to their brighter, far reaching illumination, the optional xenon headlamps are combined with an automatic ride corrector which compensates not only for static changes due to axle load variation, but also dynamic changes caused by acceleration and braking.

Cruise control

Cruise Control, operable at speeds over 18 mph, instantly cuts out when the driver presses the brake or clutch pedal. When the ASR traction control is active, this naturally takes priority over cruise control, the system returning the car to the previous set speed once ASR has ceased to function.

Follow Me Home headlights

This practical, safety conscious innovation is designed to light the interior of a garage or the path to the front door after the car has been locked. By operating the light flasher stalk within two minutes of turning off the engine, Follow Me Home activates the dipped beams and sidelights of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon. Each time the stalk is operated, light activation is extended by 30 seconds, up to a maximum of three-and-a-half minutes.

Parking sensors

The new Alfa 159 Sportwagon may be equipped with two levels of parking sensor equipment – rear only, or front and rear combined. Both systems are activated whenever the ignition is switched on and reverse gear engaged.

The rear system consists of four ultrasound sensors fitted in the rear bumper linked to an electronic control unit and a buzzer. The four detectors cover the rear corners of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon from a distance of less than 60 cm, and the area immediately behind the car from a distance of less than 150 cm. Proximity information is transmitted to the driver in the form of beeps at intervals. The beeps are emitted with increasing frequency, becoming a continuous signal when the car reaches a distance of 30 cm from any obstacle. The combined front and rear system adds front sensors and a visual proximity warning on the Alfa 159 Sportwagon’s multifunction display. When reverse gear is disengaged the rear sensors are deactivated, whilst those in front remain active until the vehicle reaches a speed of over 9mph. The front sensors may be independently operated via a button on the front courtesy light.

Published 6 June 2006 Melanie Carter

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