The Alfa 159 Sportwagon Design And Styling

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the all new Alfa 159 Sportwagon is 225mm longer and 85mm wider than the outgoing Alfa 156 Sportwagon it replaces, and identical in length to the Alfa 159 saloon.

Though sharing the crisp styling and broad, purposeful front stance of the saloon, the Sportwagon is no afterthought estate. Designed around an all-new high strength platform, it maintains a long-standing Alfa Romeo tradition of engineering excellence, outstanding performance and a thoroughly engaging sporting prowess within a highly distinctive, compact estate car package. Styling

Continuing a design trend prevalent in the recent Alfa Romeo model range, the legendary Villa d’Este style Alfa shield with horizontal chrome bars dominates the front of the Alfa 159 Sportwagon. The grille extends full-height from the front edge of the bonnet to the lower lip of the deep air dam, bisecting both an upper air intake housing purposeful, three lamp headlight clusters and an expansive lower air intake with circular fog lamps at its extremities.

The top of the shield generates powerful bonnet coachwork lines which flow seamlessly into steeply raked ‘A’ pillars. Once again, the number plate is offset to the left; a style signature echoing past classics, and unique to Alfa Romeo.

In profile, the new Alfa’s taut, rising waistline flows from the pronounced flare of the front wheel arches to give the Alfa 159 Sportwagon an assertive, purposeful stance. From the steeply raked windscreen, the ‘A’ pillar flows seamlessly into a low, sweeping roofline, the internal placement of the blacked-out ‘B’ and ‘C’ pillars emphasising the clean homogeny of a design evoking the sleek lines of a short-tailed coupe.

At the rear, the strongly raked, top-hinged tailgate is capped by a roof spoiler housing the third stop light. Slim, horizontal light clusters bisect the tailgate shut line, whilst full width colour coded bumpers further reinforce the Alfa 159 Sportwagon’s wide track stance.

The new Alfa 159 Sportwagon will be available in a choice of 10 colours at launch, including both solid and metallic black, three shades of grey - Stromboli, Vesuvio and Titanio - Alfa Silver, Alfa Red, Oltremare Blue, Aurora Blue and Rubino Red.

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Published 2 June 2006 Melanie Carter

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