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After the revelations of holiday snaps and personal details of the new head of the British intelligence service MI6, Sir John Sawer, it is Alfa Romeo’s turn.
An enterprising soul has posted what appear to be early production models of the new 147 replacement, the Alfa Romeo Milano, taken with a phone camera. The white cars are missing their model badges but there’s little doubt they are early versions of the new car grouped together in one of Alfa’s factories.
The Milano is clearly a stylish hatch with cues from the just-launched locally MiTo and shares some curves from the 8C Competizione.
Some MiTo touches, such as the headlights, grille and round LED taillights, will appear on the Milano when it is launched early next year.
As the rear shot shows, the tail-lights extend across with rear, and the reversing lights are integrated into the reflectors.
Like the 147, the Milano’s rear doors have the handles set high into the C-pillar, creating an almost coupe look.
The hatch is expected to be bigger in length and width, and insiders say it is close in size to the previous-generation 156.
The Milano will be available as a fivedoor hatch initially, but a three-door and performance GTA models are tipped to follow.
Petrol power is expected to come from a range of 1.4 and 1.7-litre turbocharged engines delivering 90kW to 120kW depending on specification. A highperformance 198kW V6 engine is expected to be slotted into the rangetopping GTA. A range of turbo-diesels will also be available.