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The advent of the Model Year 2011 renews the interior styling of the Alfa Romeo 159 range, which is reinforced with option packs that guarantee customers a wider range of creature comforts.

Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 -Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 -

With a style that oozes sportiness and road performance levels that make it highly competitive in its category, the Alfa Romeo 159 MY 2011 (saloon and Sportwagon versions) also boasts a price list that is decidedly competitive considering the content on offer.

Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 SportwagonPhoto: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

A new 136 HP 2.0 JTDM engine with 6 speed manual gearbox will debut at the Paris Show. This is an up-to-date Euro 5 power unit with variable geometry turbocharger able to deliver an impressive 350 Nm of maximum torque at low speeds (1750 rpm) and allowing very respectable performance combined with low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions (134 g/km for the saloon – 137 g/km for the Sportwagon). This means that the 159 is competitive even in European markets where taxation is based on CO2 emissions.

This new engine complements the Euro 5 diesel range for the 159 and will be positioned in the most important diesel power band within segment D in Europe. This power unit is in fact able to achieve a compromise between the needs of private customers who seek a lively yet frugal car and those of fleet customers who are concerned with running costs but do not wish to neglect comfort and driving flexibility over long distances.

Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159

Attention to detail and high quality materials used for interiors are, today as always, the most developed expression of Italian style. In particular, to make it even more sporty and original, the Alfa Romeo 159 MY 2011 offers a new seat upholstery and a top-quality leather/cloth combination in black or beige from the Distinctive trim level up. Playing on the hues of black, the environment is further enriched with elegant chrome-plated three-layer treatment or brush black aluminium inserts on the dashboard, on the mouldings and on the central tunnel.

Following their successful application on the MiTo and Giulietta models, Alfa Romeo 159 MY 2011 customers can further personalise their car with four specific Packs (two aiming for driving comfort and two for sportiness). In detail, the Progression trim level offers two solutions (Comfort and Sport) that may be purchased individually or in combination. The first pack is made up of the following: multimedia player system and Blue&Me hands-free telephone, radio controls on the steering wheel, Cruise Control, electrically folding wing mirrors, fog lights and tilting front seats. The sports Pack further emphasises the model's sporty vocation, as exemplified by: 17" alloy wheels with satinised titanium treatment, side skirts, aluminium pedal unit and kick plate, sports instruments with white lighting, sports configuration steering wheel and leather-trimmed gear knob.

The other two packs (Comfort Plus and TI), on the other hand, are exclusive to the Distinctive trim level. The former offers a map navigation system with all roads in European countries on digital SD card, integrated with a dual tuner radio that optimises the reception of FM radio waves and with Blue&Me, a Visibility Pack (electro chromic rear-view mirror and rain, dusk and misting sensors) and electrically folding wing mirrors.

Those who demand the most in terms of sportiness can opt for the TI Pack with new interior features. In detail, on the outside, this pack may be distinguished by 18" "turbine" design alloy wheels (a 19" spoked design is available as an option), low sports ride, side skirts and oversized red brake calipers. A very lively car, therefore, with strong roadholding. Inside, the TI environment is recognisable from the wraparound seats trimmed in black leather and Alcantara with red profiles, sports pedal unit in aluminium and a kick plate with the TI logo, sports steering wheel in leather with radio controls, gear lever knob and handbrake lever trimmed in leather with red stitching, Blue&Me system and sports instruments. For an innovative, hi-tech look, new carbon fibre inserts on the central console and steering wheel may be ordered as options.

The Alfa Romeo 159 MY 2011 guarantees the highest levels of performance and technology through a range of engines that are state-of-the-art in terms of technology, performance levels and eco-friendliness. In addition to the 136 HP 2.0 JTDM, already mentioned, the range is complemented by two lively units, a 200 HP 1750 turbo petrol and a 170 HP 2.0 JTDM with variable geometry turbine, both compliant with Euro 5 standards. The 170 HP turbodiesel engine can also come with an ECO configuration with specially developed low friction tyres and a new gearbox ratio that make it possible to reduce fuel consumption and therefore CO2emissions: 136 g/km (saloon) and 139 g/km (Sportwagon). it should be emphasised that these levels allow the 159 to be competitive even in European markets where taxation is based on CO2 emissions.

Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159Photo: 2011 Alfa Romeo 159

In terms of safety, from the Progression trim level, the Alfa 159 offers as standard a dynamic stability control system, VDC, including an ASR anti-slip function, Hill Holder hill start assistance and emergency braking assistance plus 7 airbags (2 front, 2 sidebags, 2 window bags and 1 to protect the driver's knees).

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