The Alfa Romeo brand may have a bit of a challenging history, however there’s no question that the upcoming Giulia sedan is a stunner. In fact, it was our favorite from this year’s Los Angeles auto show. However any self respected auto journalist would be lying if they said they would squeal with excitement over a wagon version of this car, which is exactly what photographer and photoshop artist Alessandro Masera has rendered in the above.
Unfortunately there is no official word on the prospects of a wagon version of the Giulia, however parent company Fiat is intending for the Giulia to be the car that sort of re-launches the Alfa Romeo brand into mainstream market segments. Additionally, the car is the indirect replacement for the Alfa Romeo 159, which offered a wagon variant. Though that car was also the product of GM and Fiat’s bitter split; based on GM’s Epsilon front-wheel drive architecture.
The rear-wheel drive Giulia will be powered by several engine choices in global markets, however the North American version will (at this point) offer two engine choices. The Giulia Quadrifoglio will launch first with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 that hammers out a healthy 505 horsepower and a proper six-speed manual gearbox. The V-6 was developed specifically for the Quadrifoglio by Ferrari, based on the F154 V-8. In Quadrifoglio form, the Giulia will begin production for the North American market in the second quarter of 2016.
The more mainstream version of the Giulia, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder won’t arrive until much later. Fiat-Chrysler management delayed the car to ensure that everything is perfect before the car launches, so that’s probably a good thing? The more mainstream Giulia will start in the $40,000 range, while the powerful Quadrifoglio will run you into the $70,000 range.
Regarding the prospects of a wagon version…it’s tough to say. Since this car is the first Alfa Romeo product designed for the masses in about 20 years, we consider the odds of a wagon to be fairly high. Then again, just the idea of a 505 horsepower Italian wagon clouds our judgement entirely…