The revised Alfa Romeo 147 range notes fresh styling and a potent new 110 kW turbodiesel engine among the hits on its long list of changes and upgrades, all at a very reasonable rate.

The revised Alfa Romeo 147 range notes fresh styling and a potent new 110 kW turbodiesel engine among the hits on its long list of changes and upgrades, all at a very reasonable rate.

As shown at the Paris Show last year, both the 147's styling and some of the nuts and bolts have been give a going over to improve its popularity in the premium hatchback sector. And with the recommended pricing ranging from R183 000 to R219 000, with an average increase of under R2 000 per model, the stalwarts - Audi A3 and BMW's 1 Series - could find their market dominance under threat.

Initially launched here in May 2001, the revised 147 range still offers a choice of three-and five-door hatchbacks, with a choice of four engines and two trim options.

The overall shape is retained, but the bonnet, front wings and front bumper are all new, resulting in a more dynamic front end. The V-shaped grille, restyled with the assistance of Italian design house Giugaro, is now larger and positioned lower. The most dramatic change is the use of three projector-style lights arranged in a narrow sweep tracing the lines of the bonnet. The lower intakes are now covered in mesh, giving the car a more athletic and updated look. The 147 has grown as a result of its new front end, and the overhang is about five cm longer than previously.

Changes to the rear have been subtler and include tail lights that extend towards the centre of the revised tailgate. The tailgate can be opened from within the cabin or by remote control.

Apart from the exterior changes, the 147's suspension has also been tweaked, though the existing arrangement using double wishbones at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear has been retained.

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