The Alfa 159 Sportwagon Design And Styling | Part Two

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Interior

The new Alfa 159 Sportwagon has a wheelbase 105mm longer than its predecessor, significantly improving both front and rear passenger legroom.

Moreover, despite being lower than the 156 Sportwagon, the new Alfa offers improved front and rear door access and an increase in interior headroom, particularly in the rear.

As with all Alfa Romeo cars, the interior is focused on the driver’s immediate surroundings, which have been designed with an emphasis on ergonomic functionality. A height adjustable driver’s seat allied to a rake and reach adjustable, leather steering wheel guarantee a perfect driving position for the widest possible cross-section of customers.

The driver’s instrument binnacle houses large, deeply hooded speedometer and rev counter dials. A multi-lingual, multi-function display gives access to a wide range of functions as well as the trip computer. Subsidiary gauges comprise fuel and engine temperature, turbo boost (diesel) and oil temperature (petrol).

The Alfa 159 Sportwagon’s driver orientated centre console features a new, electronic key activated engine start button, a sophisticated, Dual or Tri-Zone climate control system, and a stereo radio/CD player - all within easy operational reach of the driver. Specifically built and optimised for the Alfa 159 Sportwagon, the stereo features a power output of 4x30 watts and eight speakers, offering outstanding sound quality.

The centre console may also be fitted with Alfa Romeo’s CONNECT™, a unique system that combines satellite navigation with an extensive range of on-line services via either manual control or voice commands.

Though identical in length, the Alfa 159 Sportwagon, (with rear seats in position), provides 40 litres more loadspace below the retractable luggage cover than the Alfa 159 saloon. The 60:40 split/folding rear seat features an integral armrest and ski hatch, and allows for the rapid expansion of the 445 litre luggage compartment into a robust, practical load platform offering 850 litres of stowage below the window line, and an impressive 1235 litres overall.

Additional stowage compartments have been created by the intelligent use of space within the sound-insulated, box-section construction of the loading volume, both beneath the loadspace isolating curtain mounting brackets, and in the form of two closing compartments, complete with nets, to the sides. Optional luggage containment nets may be anchored to the loadspace floor, the sill or behind the rear seats to prevent smaller loads from shifting in transit.

Moreover, there are up to 14 storage areas of various sizes within the passenger compartment itself, including a large glove compartment, an insulated bin in the front centre armrest and a storage compartment in the pull-out central rear armrest.

As befitting a sports estate, exceptional build quality, elegant surroundings and superior comfort levels are assured aboard the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon. A highly rigid bodyshell allied to a high quality, slush moulded fascia, extensive carpet soundproofing and thicker, 5mm front side window glazing have been designed to reduce cabin noise and vibration to a minimum. Turismo trim level models are upholstered in Alfatex, a soft, durable, easy to clean fabric patented by Alfa Romeo, available in black, grey or beige with a range of complementary dashboard colours. All Lusso models will come with a choice of black, tan, red, blue or beige fine-grain leather upholstery fitted as standard.

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Published 2 June 2006 Melanie Carter

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