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Alfa Romeo 149 (2010)
10 April 2008 10:57
The new Alfa Romeo 149 has been spied on test, looking remarkably similar to the Fiat Bravo. That’s because this Alfa, like the new Mito hatch, will be based on Fiat parts. Scooped at the Nurburgring (it's manufacturer test season), the 149 is undergoing cooling checks, hence the production-spec front lights, grilles and air intakes that point to the final design.
Alfa Romeo 149: the looks
Breaking through the black cladding at the front of the car is Alfa’s traditional grille, with a honeycombed unit underneath that stretches to the foglights in a formation that echoes the styling of the Mito – a car we already love. Alfa has even placed the mock-number plate in its usual location, offset from the grille.
Other tell-tale signs of what lie beneath are the bulging headlights, appearing to be tacked on top of a sleeker body than the Bravo they are borrowed from. Expect the bonnet on the 149 to be sculptured in a similar manner to the Mito’s, too.