Larger and roomier than its 156 predecessor, the Giugaro-designed 159 has a strong, sleek presence. Alfa says it will provide excellent comfort, stability and roadholding thanks to a suspension combination of high double wishbones at the front and multi-link at the rear.
Engine comprise three direct injection petrol units (260bhp 3.2 V6, 185bhp 2.2, 160bhp 1.9) and three Multijet turbodiesels (200bhp 2.4, 150bhp 1.9 16v and 120bhp 1.9 8v) with particulate filters. Six-speed transmissions are offered with manual, automatic and Selespeed.
Core market for the 159 is contract hire and retail customers. In 2004, sales of the 156 were 3,257 units.