These are the first spy pictures of the new Alfa Romeo Milano, snapped during winter testing.
Alfa Romeo will pave the way for a major overhaul of its range in 2010 and 2011 by revealing its Multiair direct-injection petrol engines at the Geneva show.
The Multiair units will be seen first in next year’s replacement for the 147 hatch, due to take on the name Milano.
Multiair engines will be claimed as a major technical breakthrough by Alfa. They mix low-pressure turbocharging with valve-actuated metering of the fuel-air mixture into the engine.
Fiat has already shown prototype engines with Multiair, which uses electro-hydraulic control of the valves and dispenses with a conventional throttle butterfly to operate close to the lean-burn cycle.
By using electrohydraulics, Alfa will claim that it gets finer valve control than is possible with mechanical valve timing systems.
In the Milano the Multiair is likely to feature on 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrols, which will produce power outputs comparable with 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrols, but economy closer to that of a diesel engine.