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New engines herald Alfa 159 changes

  • 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.