Alfa Romeo Milano (2010) new CAR spy photos

Published: 18 June 2009

Our spies have caught the new Alfa Romeo Milano on test in Germany ahead of launch in 2010. The five-door Milano pictured gives credence to our Milano artist’s impression we published a few weeks back – under that disguise lies a Golf-sized hatchback with the latest family look as pioneered by little sibling the Mito.

CAR’s sources in Italy tell us the new Milano is slightly wider and lower than today’s 147, which the newcomer will replace. Alfa is moving away from numbers to names; court documents filed during Chrysler’s bankruptcy have revealed the 147 becomes the Milano, the next 159 the Giulia.

Alfa Romeo Milano: the tech spec

Underneath that black disguise lies the latest iteration of the Fiat Group’s C- and D-segment platform. Dubbed C-Evo, it’s an update on the existing architecture and it’s also bound Stateside, underpinning the next generation of mid-sized Chryslers such as the replacement Sebring.

Alfa has confirmed the new family of Multiair engines will be compatible with the new architecture, so expect clever petrol and common-rail diesel engines to be available. Front- and four-wheel drive is on the cards.

The Milano has been delayed by the recession. Originally, Turin had hoped to launch in 2009, but the start day has been pushed back to 2010 now, we hear.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet