Alfa is moving to a new naming practice where its cars will now be labeled with actual names instead of the current numeric system. Interiors will feature a more modern design, dropping the retro-look found in today’s models. The interiors of the facelifted 159 sedan, Brera and Spider will also feature the new design trend in preparation for the brand’s re-launch in the US in 2010.
The next-generation 149 small hatch should appear three months after the Racer is released and gets its own unique platform. New features will include a sophisticated double wishbone-based suspension system, a move that has double the development cost of the new 149. This will be followed by the introduction of Alfa’s first crossover model and new 169 sedan.