Is this the Giulia crossover?
A candid Instagram photo featuring former Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti was spotted by some eagle-eyed members of the motoring community. But it is the entity it in the background of the image that is really of interest.
That entity is, in fact, a vehicle — one of the most significant additions to Alfa Romeo’s future model palette: the Giulia crossover, which will be the Italian marque’s first foray into this very lucrative and in-demand segment.
It’s no secret that Alfa has been working on a crossover version of the Giulia, but little has been seen of the vehicle and its interior. Luckily for us, the Instagram photo shows more than just Mr. Ramaciotti: in the background it is possible to make out the interior design of the crossover, as well some of the dimensions.
Tall windows and a flat loading bay at the rear suggest that the Giulia crossover is more than just a raised version of a sedan and that some thought has gone into making it more versatile. The dashboard looks like it was lifted from the Giulia, which is good news as its dash design is unique, and not derived from any older Alfa, Fiat or Chrysler models.
The BMW X3-rivaling Giulia crossover is apparently also the reason why the sedan has not yet been released. Alfa Romeo is trying to close the gap between the saloon and the crossover’s development so that there is a stronger link between the two vehicles.
As far as power goes, the crossover is expected to share the same engine line-up as its executive sedan sibling. Expect a 2,2-litre turbodiesel, as well as a 2,0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, both in varying states of tune.
For those looking for a little more Italian flare, Alfa Romeo has confirmed that the range-topping 375 kW 3,0-litre twin-turbo V6 could also make its way to the crossover.
Ramaciotti retired from his post as head of design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in April last year, but remains a special adviser to FCA boss Sergio Marchionne. His successor is Ralph Gilles – who posted the Instagram image as part of a tribute to his predecessor.