Don’t Expect To See The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon
You can tell that Alfa Romeo is in a good place when the problems it’s having involves deciding between two models that are going to be received well by the public. Apparently, that’s the predicament the Italian automaker finds itself in with the Giulia Sportwagon variant and a report from Car Magazine reveals that the Italian automaker is dropping plans to build the wagon variant of the Giulia because it wants to focus its attention on the Stelvio SUV.
Speaking with the news outlet, Alfa Romeo manufacturing chief Alfredo Altavilla explained that the Giulia Sportwagon, while appealing for a number of different reasons, wouldn’t make sense since the Stelvio already captures a lot of the features and capabilities that the Giulia Sportwagon would have had in case Alfa Romeo decided to green light it. In his own words, Altavilla added that the Stelvio “can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in the [Giulia Sportwagon].”
While there is some point to Altavilla’s explanation, it’s still a little surprising that Alfa Romeo would do anything to quell the momentum that the Giulia has generated since it was launched in 2016. The positive reception of the sedan reignited interest in the once-struggling Italian brand and the momentum has swelled to the point that we’re now in line to see the Giulia Sprint, a two-door coupe variant that’s expected to compete against the likes of the BMW M4, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and Audi RS5. Adding a Sportwagon variant would have helped round out the Giulia family as that model would have been able to directly line up against the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate and compete against those variants independently.
Turns out, we’re not going to see that anymore because Alfa Romeo isn’t even going to cross that bridge. Again, the explanation behind the decision to drop the Giulia Sportwagon makes a lot of sense at the moment. Let’s just hope that for Alfa’s sake, it won’t come back and bite them in the future.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon
Introduced in June 2015, the Giulia is Alfa Romeo’s brand-newcompact executive sedan and the company’s first competitor for the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in five years. The four-door revived the iconic Giulia nameplate, last used in 1978, and takes over from where the Alfa Romeo 159 left off in 2011, when the Italian automaker decided it no longer needs a compact. However, the Giulia is more than just an updated 159, featuring modern underpinnings, a premium interior, and powerful drivetrains that make it a worthy rival for the mighty 3 Series and C-Class. Unlike its predecessor, it also received a high-performance version that will compete against M3 and the AMG C63.
Although, for the time being, Alfa Romeo has only launched the sedan and the high-peformance QV model, more versions are likely underway. Having more than one body style for a nameplate is crucial in the current market, and the Italians need at least two more versions to stand a chance against its German competitors. One variant is the station wagon, which is still significantly popular in Europe. The second one is the two-door coupe, which would go against the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but in the meantime we will talk about the grocery getter.
It’s a bit too early to say when the Giulia wagon will hit the market given that production of the sedan has barely commenced in 2016, but an official introduction is likely in 2017. A confirmation could occur by the end of the day, but nothing is certain right now — especially with no prototype spotted on public roads yet. Despite this, I am confident that Alfa Romeo is indeed working on a successor for the 159 Sportwagon and our artist created a rendering to go with the speculative review below.
Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon.
Alfa Romeo may not be one of the most wide-reaching brands in the world, but that’s not to say that the Italian automaker isn’t one of the better brands out on the market today.
Despite not having the reach of brands like Toyota and Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo still boasts of a fairly impressive line-up of cars, one of which is the 159 model.
Recently, Alfa released a special “Super” edition of the 159, a model that comes loaded with loads of new aesthetic features on both the exterior and interior of the car. While the engine was left untouched – it has the standard 2.0 JDTM engine with 136 horsepower - there are still plenty of additions done on the car to make it worth a second, third, and fourth look.
The “Super” designation isn’t actually a newly conceived concept from Alfa Romeo. Back in the 70’s, the same tag was used for a sports version of the Giulietta.
A little over 30 years later, the Alfa Romeo "Super" designation is back and ready to roar into action.
Details on the Alfa Romeo 159 Super after the jump.
Marco Procaccini is no stranger to designing Alfa Romeo concepts, having done so with a number of Alfa concepts in the past. Now, the designer has a new study in the works called the Alfa Romeo Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon.
To be fair, the concept doesn’t completely blow our minds although it’s not to say that we don’t like it because we do, just not in a breathtaking kind of way.
Among the notable design elements Procaccini used on the Vittorio Jano Sports Wagon is a more aggressive front end that comes with LED running lights on the front bumper. We’re suckers for LED running lights so any car – concept or otherwise – that has these always gets a thumbs up from us. We also liked how Procaccini retained the inverted triangle front grille that Alfa Romeo has come to be known for. There’s something to be said about a concept design that still retains part of the brand’s roots, and Procaccini was aware enough to include that in his concept.
For the 2011 model year, the Alfa Romeo 159 -both sedan and station wagon models- has been renewed in style and interior; it also gets optional packages that provide customers a more competitive bid.
The company offers great attention to detail and high quality interior materials making the 159 look even sportier and more original. The car gets a new combination of leather/fabric available in black or beige and elegant chrome treatment. For 2011, customers will be able to choose from four different packages: Comfort Pack, Sport Pack, Comfort Plus Pack and TI Plus Pack. These packages offer an abundance of equipment such as side sills, aluminum pedals, sports instruments with white lighting, and sport steering wheel and shift knob. Other features of these packages include cruise control, electrically folding door mirrors, front seats and fog lamps overhead. The packages are finished off with a system media player and speakerphone Blue & Me and radio controls on the steering wheel. All of this sits on a set of alloy wheels 17 "with a brushed titanium treatment.
The 2011 Alfa Romeo 159 will also provide the consumer with 5 different engine options: a 1.8 liter 140 hp and a 2.0 liter 200 hp turbocharged petrol and diesels to the tune of a JTDM with 120, 170, and 200 hp.
Both versions will go on sale in Europe next month. Pricing for the Alfa Romeo 159 will start at 24,360 Euros for the petrol model and 27,000 Euros for the diesel variant.
Even Alfa Romeo’s everyday sedans are breathtaking. At the Geneva Motor Show Alfa will present a refreshed version of its BMW 3-Series competitor: the 159 mid-sized sedan and wagon.
Both models have an availabe 1.75-liter TBi engine that delivers 200 HP from 4750 to 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1400 rpm. The 159 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 146 mph. There is also an optional 2.0-liter 170 HP JTDM diesel engine
The sedan versions is offered in the TI sporting version, featuring lowered geometry, bigger tires, 19-inch alloy wheels, sideskirts and large aluminum brakes with red calipers. So, a very determined-looking car with a decidedly “ground-hugging” look. Inside, the TI environment is recognizable from the shaped sports seats in perforated leather with the Alfa Romeo logo stitched in red, plus the steering wheel with sports grip and the gear knob covered in leather with red stitching.
Press release after the jump.
The Alfa 159 Sportwagon is the Italian car that is both beautiful and sturdy, passionate and dynamic. The Alfa 159 Sportwagon is an estate car with a strong character, a generous payload, flexible to use and at the same time capable of the performance of a sporting thoroughbred. Alfa Romeo technology is used in a car with a harmonious style, a car that can satisfy the needs of those who, in addition to space, are looking for comfort, safety, power and sturdiness. It exudes all the personality of the new generation Alfa Romeo.