New engines herald Alfa 159 changes 01 September 2009 by Parkers New 170bhp diesel and 200bhp petrol Eco badge for lower emission 1.9 JTDm Turismo Sport and Elegante grades added Alfa Romeo has launched a revised version of the 159 saloon and Sportwagon with new fleet-friendly engines and equipment grades. While the styling remains the same, the range of saloons and estates has undergone extensive changes under the bonnet. The entry-level diesel models with 120bhp are badged Eco and produce 138g/km of CO2, putting them in the 18 per cent tax bracket for company car tax (Sportwagon: 140g/km, 19 per cent). It means the annual tax bill for the saloon has fallen to £1424 for a higher rate tax payer compared to more than £1800 for the previous entry-level diesel which had 150bhp. However, drivers can also choose a new 200bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged petrol version, or a 170bhp 2.0-litre diesel. The diesel has CO2 emissions of 142g/km (Sportwagon: 145g/km) and maximum torque figure of 266lb-ft. Official fuel consumption is 52.3mpg (Sportwagon: 51.4mpg). The 1750 TBI produces CO2 emissions of 189g/km (Sportwagon: 194g/km) and official fuel consumption of 34.9mpg (Sportwagon 34.0mpg). Both saloon and Sportwagon versions will sprint from 0-62mph in less than eight seconds, and maximum pulling power of 236lb-ft is available from just 1400rpm.The equipment grades still begin with Turismo as the entry level model, but also offers Turismo Sport, with upgraded alloys and Blue&Me Bluetooth system with voice recognition, and a new medium specification Elegante. Lusso models sit above Elegante in the range, with TI models at the top. The revised 159 range is now on sale, priced from £19,950 on the road.