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THE so­cial net­work­ing site Face­book is blow­ing the cover off se­crets ev­ery­where.

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.

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