The car Alfa Romeo 156, which replaced the 155-th model, debuted in 1997. At first, only sedans came off the assembly line of the plant in Italy, and in 2000 the production of the Sportwagon wagon started. Also assembly of machines for the markets of Asia was carried out in Thailand. The author of the characteristic external appearance of the model was the designer Walter de Silva.
The front-drive car was equipped with gasoline four-cylinder engines in volume 1,6, 1,8 and 2,0 liters (120-155 hp), and also the V6 2.5 engine with 190 hp. Turbo Diesel 1.9 JTD and 2.4 JTD developed 105 and 135 hp. from. respectively. The machines were equipped with mechanical or robotic gearboxes, and for the V6 version, a four-stage "automatic" was offered for a surcharge.
In 2001, the lineup was replenished with the "charged" modification of the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA, under the hood of which was a 3.2-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 250 hp. Also such a car was characterized by a lowered suspension, aerodynamic body kit, more "sharp" steering and reinforced brakes.
The renewed interior and the expanded list of options were given to cars in 2002, and in 2003 the turn and external restyling came. At the same time, gasoline engines were modernized, and turbodiesels had more powerful options: the maximum output of the 1.9-liter engine increased to 150 hp, and 2,4-liter - up to 175 forces.
In 2004, the all-wheel-drive station wagon Sportwagon Q4 and Crosswagon Q4 came on the market, the latter was distinguished by increased ground clearance and "off-road" body decor.
The production of most versions of the Alpha Romeo 156 was completed in 2005 with the appearance of the 159 model, but the Crosswagon Q4 station wagon stayed on the conveyor until the end of 2007. A total of 680,000 "one hundred and fifty-sixth" were issued.