The Andreas Zapatinas designed 145/6 is the smallest model of the Milan-based manufacturer in the 90’s.
Alfa Romeo replaced with these the 33 model in 1994; the 145 debuted in July, the 146 in December. Both use the same, Fiat Tipo-based floorpan as the Fiat Bravo/Brava and Lancia Delta.
In the first three years Alfa equipped the 146 with traditional boxer engines. The 1.3/1.6/1.7 litre boxers performed 90, 103 and 129 horses.
At the end of 1995 Alfa introduced the TI (Turismo Internazionale) version, which boosted 150 HPs thanks to the 2.0 litre Twin Spark unit. Diesel engines come up in 1996; the 2 litre TD engine had an output of 90 HP. Also in 1995 the factory replaced boxer engines, and introduced an all Twin Spark engine range with 1.4-2.0 litres of displacement and 105-150 HP output.
In 1998 the 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines were modified, and from that time the output changed to 144 and 155 horsepower.
In 1999 Alfa replaced the 2.0 TD units with a modern, Common rail diesel engine, with T15 Garrett Turbo and Unijet fuel injection. The 1.9 JTD performed 105 HP. Beside these the 146 got new front and rear bumpers, the mirrors, radiator grill, door handles, bumpers and the mouldings became chassis paint.
In the interior the only change was the coming out of chrome decors.
In 2000 the 147 replaced the 146.