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22nd February, 2011

The all-new Alfa Romeo 1750 TBi engine is now available in the 159 Sportwagon to special order, complimenting the 2.4 litre JTB Turbo Diesel and 3.2 V6 JTS engines which are now available as standard with automatic gearboxes and, with the 1750 TBi and the 2.4 JTB, available with a choice of standard or sporting Ti trim and equipment levels, while the range topping 3.2 V6 JTS is fitted as standard with the Ti equipment package.

Alfa Romeo has chosen to make the 1750 TBi engine available to special order in the 159 Sportwagon for customers who wish to have the dynamic driving involvement of a manual gearbox. Its position as a special order only variant is indicative of the fact that the majority of Australian buyers select the 2.4 litre JTB engine and six speed automatic gearbox with its blend of performance and economy as a partner to the practicality of the 159 Sportwagon.

The Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon builds on the reputation of its predecessor with styling that is easily a match for its sedan counterpart, while also offering the versatility of a fifth door, the flexibility of rear seats that fold down in a variety of combinations and an interior that has been designed with a host of features to maximise ease of use.

As per the previous Sportwagon, the fifth door on the 159 Sportwagon opens into the roof. This means that the rear door can offer a generous opening, while at the same time allow an almost Coupe-like flowing conclusion to the styling of the Sportwagon that starts so elegantly at the front of the car.

The sporting lines and compact dimensions of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon belie a spacious, flexible interior. The new car has a wheelbase 105 mm longer than its predecessor, significantly improving both front and rear passenger legroom. Moreover, despite being lower 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.

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 practical load platform offering 850 litres of stowage below the window line, and an impressive 1,235 litres overall.

Fitted with the new 1750 TBi engine matched to a manual six speed gearbox, the Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon 1750 TBi has a top speed of 233 km/h and the dash to 100 km/h is covered in 7.9 seconds, performance that meets the requirements of a sporting Alfa Romeo, yet, it offers a fuel consumption of 8.3 litres on the combined cycle test.

Topping the range, the 3.2 litre V6 JTS engine provides 191 kW and the ability, aided by its standard automatic gearbox and four wheel drive system, to despatch 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and proceed on to a top speed of 242 km/h (where legal).

Since its launch, the most popular version of the Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon has been the 2.4 JTB version with its 20 valve five cylinder Turbo Diesel engine delivering 147 kW and 400 Nm of torque. This combination launches this variant of the 159 Sportwagon to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, yet its combined fuel consumption figure is 8.0 litre/100 km.

The standard 159 equipment package includes a leather trimmed interior, which includes the steering wheel and gear knob. Safety technology includes seven airbags, Cruise Control, fog lights, ABS with EBA and HBA, VDC with hill holder and sensors for the automatic wipers and lights. Convenience features include electrically heated and operated mirrors, remote central locking, electric windows and rear parking sensors. Comfort is ensured with Dual zone climate control air conditioning, while the standard Blue&me infotainment system and its voice activated Bluetooth system combines safety and convenience.

With such performance on hand and the use of a classic Alfa Romeo engine name, derived from the 1968 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina, it is highly appropriate that for the Australian market the Alfa Romeo 159 1750 TBi carries another historic badge, Ti, and the comprehensive performance-orientated equipment pack it provides.

For more than 50 years the most sought-after Alfa Romeo models have been those that have worn the ‘Ti’ badge which indicates an Alfa Romeo with an even more sharply defined sporting edge. First seen in 1950, the Ti badge, which stands for Tourismo International, has been used to denote an Alfa Romeo version that has been equipped to meet the needs and desires of driving enthusiasts to produce a car that offers more driving excitement and a more sports-orientated image.

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The most significant under the 'skin' change is the fitting of sports suspension that lowers the 159 by 20 mm and which provides the 159 with a sharper turn-in response from the steering and less body roll, but without the harsh ride that afflicts some sports suspension systems. This more able chassis is further enhanced by the standard of 19 inch alloy wheels with 235/40 x 19 low profile tyres to provide additional roadholding performance. So that the 159 Ti stops as well as it goes, Brembo brakes are standard and they are painted in red to highlight their presence and performance.

To further enhance the hunkered down stance of the 159 Ti provided by the sports suspension, the new model is fitted with subtle yet effective body kit, with burnished aluminium finish door mirrors completing the exterior transformation into a 159 Ti.

The inside of the 159 is transformed by the Ti package into a driver focused cockpit of black leather and dark finish materials highlighted by red stitching for the leather and red highlights for the instruments. The sports seats, which are electrically operated and heated, are upholstered in hand-crafted soft Italian leather with the Alfa Romeo logo stitched in red on both the front and rear seats. The same leather and red stitching is used on the steering wheel and the six speed manual gearbox’s gear lever.

The dashboard is trimmed in a unique burnished aluminium that has been darkened so as to show off the red-ringed instruments that are unique to the Alfa Romeo 159 Ti. Aluminium is further used for the drilled sports pedals – an essential icon of Italian sports cars – and the unique Alfa Romeo 159 Ti door sill trim strips which, like the exterior, carry the Ti insignia.

Available only to special order, the 159 Sportwagon 1750 TBi has a manufacturer's list price* excluding statutory charges and dealer delivery fees of $51,990* in standard form and $56,480* with the Ti package.

The 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon Technical Specifications

Specifications

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTB

Automatic

No. of cylinders, layout

4, in line

60 degree V6

5, in line

Bore x stroke (mm)

83.0 X 80.5

89 x 85.6

82 x 90.4

Capacity (cc)

1,742

3,195

2,387

Compression ratio

9.5:1

11.25:1

17:1

Max. power output (kW-EC)

147

191

147

at rpm

5,000

6,200

4,000

Peak torque Nm

320

322

400

at rpm

1,400

4,500

2,000

Timing system

Belt drive, 16 valves, hydraulic tappets with roller rocker arms

4 OHC (chain), 4 valves per cylinder, electrohydraulic continuous variable valve timing

2 OHC (toothed belt), hydraulic tappets, 4 valves per cylinder, MultiJet direct injection with turbo and intercooler

Fuel feed

MED 17 direct injection with turbocharger integrated with ignition

MED 7.6.1 electronic direct injection integrated with ignition

Bosch EDC 16C39 electronic engine management system

Exhaust system

double with separate silencers and chromed tips

double with separate silencers and chromed tips

double with separate silencers and chromed tips

Electrical system

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTB

Automatic

Battery: capacity (Ah) / Generator (A)

90/120

90/150

90/150

 Transmission

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Drivetrain

front wheel drive

four wheel drive

front wheel drive

Gearbox:

6 speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

1st

3.818:1

4.148:1

4.148:1

2nd

2.158: 1

2.370:1

2.370:1

3rd

1.475: 1

1.556:1

1.556:1

4th

1.067:1

1.155:1

1.155:1

5th

0.875:1

0.859:1

0.859:1

6th

0.744:1

0.686:1

0.686:1

Reverse

3.545:1

3.394:1

3.394:1

Final drive ratio

3.941:1

3.750:1

3.075:1

Performance

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Top speed (mph)

233

242

222

0- 100 km/h (sec)

7.9

7.3

8.6

urban cycle

12.0

18.3

11.6

extra-urban cycle

6.2

8.6

5.9

combined cycle

8.3

12.2

8.0

CO2 emissions (g/km)

194

288

210

Tyres

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Tyres

 

235/45 R18

Ti: 235/40 x ZR19

235/45 R18

Ti: 235/40 x ZR19

235/40 x ZR19

Wheels

Alloy 18 x 8.0

Ti: Alloy 19 x 8.0

Alloy 18 x 8.0

Ti: Alloy 19 x 8.0

Alloy 19 x 8.0

 Steering

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Steering system

Rack and pinion with hydraulic power steering

Rack and pinion with hydraulic power steering

Rack and pinion with hydraulic power steering

Turning circle (m)

11.1

11.1

11.1

Suspension

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Front

High double wishbone

High double wishbone

High double wishbone

Rear

Multilink system

Multilink system

Multilink system

Brakes (discs)

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Front (mm)

330 x 28 ventilated, fixed radial calliper in aluminium with 4 Ř 42mm pistons

330 x 28 ventilated, fixed radial calliper in aluminium with 4 Ř 42mm pistons

330 x 28 ventilated, fixed radial calliper in aluminium with 4 Ř 42mm pistons

Rear (mm)

292 x 22 ventilated, combined 42 mm floating calliper

292 x 22 ventilated, combined 42 mm floating calliper

292 x 22 ventilated, combined 42 mm floating calliper

Weights and capacities

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Fuel tank (litres)

70

69

70

DIN kerb weight (kg)

1,480

1,730/1,750

1,680/1,700

Max. towable weight (kg)

1,500

1,800

1,500

Dimensions

1750 TBi

Manual

3.2 JTS V6 Q4

Automatic

2.4 JTD

Automatic

Length/width/height  (mm)

4,661/1,830/1,432

4,661/1,830/1,432

4,661/1,830/1,432

Wheelbase (mm)

2,703

2,703

2,703

Front/rear track (mm)

1,579/1,559

1,579/1,559

1,579/1,559

Luggage space (dm3)

Seats up/Seats folded

445/1,235

445/1,235

445/1,235

Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon

Equipment and Features

 

Standard Equipment Package

1750 TBi Ti, 2.4 JTD Ti, V6 Ti

§  Leather Upholstery

§  Front and rear electric windows

§  Dual Zone climate control

§  Remote central locking with immobiliser

§  Electric heated and folding door mirrors

§  7 airbags, including driver’s knee bag

§  Electronic key and start button

§  Stereo radio/CD with steering wheel audio controls

§  Leather steering wheel and gearknob

§  Fog lights

§  Cruise control

§  ABS with EBD and HBA

§  VDC with hill holder

§  18" alloy wheels

§  Visibility pack (rain and dusk sensors)

§  Rear parking sensors

§  Hands free Bluetooth telephone connection with USB i-Pod connection

 

Additional for V6

§  Xenon headlights with washers

§  Sports Suspension, lowered by 20 mm

§  19 inch alloy wheels

§  235/40 x 19 tyres

§  Brembo Brakes, callipers painted red

§  Body kit

§  Burnished aluminium door mirrors

§  Sports leather seats

§  Red stitching on seats, gear knob, steering wheel.

§  Darkened aluminium alloy dashboard trim

§  Red trimmed instruments

§  Alloy pedals

§  Alloy door sill trim panels

§  Black roof lining

§  Electric front seats with driver’s side memory

 


NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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