The launch of the car will mark the manufacturer's long-awaited return to the estate car sector. Retaining Alfa's renowned style, the car's engine line-up will follow that of the 156 saloon - 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines and 2.4-litre JTD - and transmissions will be manual, automatic and Selespeed, featuring the marque's Formula One-style gearchanging.
The launch of the station wagon will be followed at the beginning of 2001 by the arrival of the replacement for the 145/146. The three- and five-door derivatives were expected to be called 147, but a spokeswoman told Fleet NewsNet that it was possible the name could be different. The new car is expected to feature carryover engines from the 145/146 ranges and manual and Selespeed transmissions with a decision on an automatic variant yet to be made.