23 September 2004

Alfa Romeo will unveil the facelifted 147 at this week’s Paris Motor Show. The extensive changes include a new nose and tail, revised suspension and new transmissions. These all-round improvements update the current under-pinnings for continued production under the 147.

The 147’s nose has new headlamps with three separate lamps under a single cover. The grille has been redesigned and sits lower, while the bumpers and front wings have also been re-shaped. At the rear the tail lights have been reworked with longer clusters and the tailgate skin has been modified.

Inside, Alfa says the car gets fresh colours, a re-grained dash (‘water buffalo’ this time) and fresh instrument and control graphics. It’s also thought there have been improvements to safety, thanks to a stiffer body.

Under the skin, the 147 gets a re-calibrated suspension option called ‘Comfort’ as well as new springs and hollow anti-roll bars on all versions. At the back, the MacPherson struts have re-positioned pick-up points and new bushes.

There’s a choice of six engines: three petrols (two 1.6s with 105bhp and 120bhp, and a 150bhp 2.0-litre) and three turbodiesels (100bhp and 115bhp 1.9 JTDs, along with a 16-valve version good for 150bhp). Alfa’s controversial Selespeed automated gearbox has also been re-engineered.

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