Our spies have spotted this prototype Alfa Romeo 149 running cooling system tests at the Nurburgring.
Although this mule looks like a Fiat Bravo from the rear, its disguised front-end is lifted straight from the forthcoming 149, a premium hatchback that will rival the likes of the Audi A3. ( Autocar )
Despite extensive cladding around the front end, the 149's next-generation Alfa family styling is obvious. The tapered headlights and outline of the front grille should bring cohesion with the recently unveiled MiTo, Alfa?s new supermini.
Leaked documents from Alfa tell us that the 149 will come with engines offering between 120bhp and 265bhp, and that its launch is scheduled for 2009.