New models - Alfa Romeo - 159 - 1750 TBi
Alfa ups 159 performance and economy
New 1750 TBi engine makes Alfa Romeo’s 159 quicker and more frugal
21 Dec 2010
ALFA Romeo has lowered the price of admission to its mid-size 159 sedan line-up in Australia by $1000 to $49,990 plus on-road costs, following the release of 159 1750 TBi.
Replacing the former entry-level 159’s 2.2-litre JTS four-cylinder petrol engine with the Italian car-maker’s new turbocharged, direct-injection 1.75-litre engine with dual variable valve timing and revolutionary scavenging control system, the 159 1750 TBi base model meets Euro 5 emissions standards and increases power from 136 to 147kW and torque from 230 to a V6-like 320Nm from 1400rpm.
At the same time, the 159 1750 TBi – which follows the release of this month’s revised MiTo TCT automatic range and precedes the launch of Alfa’s all-new Giulietta compact hatch in January - offers lower fuel consumption by a litre per 100km to 8.1L/100km and CO2 emissions by 30 grams per kilometre to 189g/km.
What's more, the six-speed manual 159 1750 TBi is more than a second quicker to 100km/h (7.7 seconds) than the 159 2.2 JTS it replaces.
Two versions of the 159 1750 TBi are now available in showrooms, with the sub-$50,000 base model offered alongside the 159 Ti 1750 TBi, which costs $54,480 plus on-road costs – more than $1500 cheaper than the 159 2.2 JTS Ti manual it replaces.
Both 159 1750s come standard with seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes with brake assist and a hill-holder, leather seat, steering wheel and gearshifter trim, cruise control, fog lights, power windows/mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and headlights, remote central locking, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate-control, the Blue&Me telematics system and voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity.
The higher-spec 159 Ti 1750 TBi adds 20mm-lower sports suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 R19 tyres, red Brembo brakes, a bodykit, aluminium-finish exterior mirrors, black leather with contrasting red stitching, power-adjustable heated sports seats, red instrument highlights and aluminium trim for the dashboard, door sills and drilled sports pedals.
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