If you were looking forward to the prospect of a wagon-bodied Alfa Romeo Giulia, we have some bad news: it’s not going to happen.
Speaking to Car magazine, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla confirmed what estate-obsessed petrolheads across the world won’t want to hear. “We decided not to do a Giulia Sportwagon,” he said, adding: “Do we really need it if the Stelvio SUV drives that well? Maybe not…Stelvio can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the SW.”
In short, the chance of a Giulia Sportwagon appearing as anything other than a render has been killed off by the Stelvio SUV. This isn’t all that surprising, as the rise in SUV sales has coincided with a fall in demand for premium estates. Last year for instance Ian Callum said that a Jaguar XE Sportbrake wouldn’t happen due to low demand. And Jaguar’s best selling car is? Why, it’s the F-Pace SUV, of course.
Regardless, the Stelvio doesn’t seem like such a bad substitute, and we’re looking forward to trying it out soon. All we need to do is purge our memories of all those gorgeous Giulia Sportwagon renders…