Both passive and active safety features are comprehensively represented in the Alfa 159 Sportwagon. In addition to up to eight airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a fully integrated Fire Prevention System, the new car comes with a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art electronic braking, traction control and stability systems fitted as standard. ABS is combined with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution over all four wheels, and a sophisticated Vehicle Dynamic Control unit enhances cornering stability. VDC is further augmented by ASR to limit wheelspin during acceleration; MSR to modulate braking torque when changing down through the gears, and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.
The sporting lines and compact dimensions of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon belie a surprisingly spacious, flexible interior. The new car has a wheelbase 105mm longer than its predecessor, significantly improving both front and rear passenger legroom. Moreover, despite being less tall than the Alfa 156 Sportwagon, the new Alfa Romeo offers improved front and rear door access and an increase in interior headroom, particularly in the rear.
Accessed via a full-width, top hinged tailgate, the Alfa 159 Sportwagon offers 445 litres of loadspace below the retractable luggage cover. The 60:40 split/folding rear seat features an integral armrest and ski hatch, and allows for the rapid expansion of the luggage compartment into a robust, practical, flat-floored load platform offering 850 litres of stowage below the window line, and an impressive 1235 litres overall. As with all Alfa Romeo models, driver orientated ergonomics, superior passenger comfort and lavish standard equipment levels are fundamental to the interior design of the new sports estate. The Alfa 159 Sportwagon boasts a generous standard equipment specification offering, even on entry-level vehicles, many features only available as expensive options on rival models, including seven airbags, automatic Dual Zone climate control, cruise control, Follow Me Home headlamps, heated, folding electric door mirrors, a multi-function display and trip computer, fog lights, 16" or 17" spoked alloy wheels and an RDS 8-speaker stereo radio with CD player.Optional equipment includes Tri Zone climate control, xenon headlamps, satellite navigation (either independent or incorporated within CONNECT™), electrically adjustable front seats, a Bose sound system, and 18" alloy wheels.
Alfa’s innovative CONNECT™ on-line telematics system connects the driver to an extensive range of services via a live phone link to an English speaking operator, as well as including an impressive satellite navigation system. CONNECT™ incorporates voice commands with a 6.5" colour display screen, and is complemented by a Dual Band GSM phone with WAP Internet access, satellite navigation and a CD sound system that will play MP3 music files.
Model Range And Equipment
Seven versions of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon will be available at launch, as follows:
- 1.9 JTS Turismo £21,095
- 2.2 JTS Turismo £22,095
- 2.2 JTS Lusso £23,495
- 3.2 JTS Q4 Lusso £29,350
- 1.9 JTDM Turismo £21,595
- 1.9 JTDM Lusso £22,995
- 2.4 JTDM Lusso £25,495
Available in two trim levels - Turismo and Lusso - the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon boasts a generous standard specification level, offering many features only available as expensive options on rival models.
For futher information about the Alfa 159 Sportwagon - Design and Styling [ click here ]Published 1 June 2006