I was there also, and have to agree that the 159 is looking good.
I think that the car looks even better in real life that in the pictures.
Had a chat with the Alfa people on the stand, they told us that these samples were pre-production models, but I have to say the finish was brilliant.
They say they are still sorting out what the trim levels will be and what they are called
Cabin quality was great with soft feel quality plastics being used in many places, and guess what.......... ALFA have now given the 159 and CUP HOLDER !! which is something the 156 never had.
Boot is opend by button on roof center console, rear passengers have A/C control. The front arm rest is now in two sections, a top section for coins etc and a deeper lower section.
Front lights look fab BUT they are going to take an age to clean, especially at this time of year with all the bugs and flies that are about. There is no clear plastic lense over the lights as on 156.
Launch is ABOUT Nov / Dec 2005 with sportswagon coming about 5 months later.
I'm saving up right now