Alfa Romeo SUV Interior Partially Revealed in First Image of the Car

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Photo: Ralph Gilles on Instagram
Alfa Romeo SUV interior and Lorenzo RamaciottiAlfa Romeo Giulia dashboard
Ladies and gentlemen drivers, you are now looking at the very first image of the Alfa Romeo SUV. Yes, we know, this isn't exactly an expected reveal, but since the interior is partially exposed here, we can't complain.
If you've seen an Alfa Romeo Giulia dashboard (included in the gallery bellow), you won't be surprised by what the upcoming SUV, whom friends call Tipo 949, has to offer.

However, while the sporty instrument cluster and the center stack are familiar, the infotainment display is now surrounded by a more massive structure, a fitting move given the vehicle's destination.

Some of the other details shown here include the size of the greenhouse, as well as the (apparently) flat surface obtained once the rear seats are folded - Captain Obvious report over.

Those of you who are still raising an eyebrow over Alfa Romeo building an SUV will be reminded the Italians plan to make the most out of the new platform that serves the Giulia.

As a result, the SUV seen here will play in the D segment, rivaling cars such as the BMW X3 or Volvo's future XC60 replacement.

The complete engine line-up, which may not be available on all markets, will include a two-liter turbo, the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that helped the Giulia become the fastest sedan on the Nurburgring, as well as a pair of diesels (a 2.2-liter four-cylinder and a 3-liter V6).

The pic might just be Ralph Gilles' New Year's Resolution. One of his many

This picture is just one of the reasons Ralph Gilles, former SRT CEO and current Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler, is popular on Instagram. The FCA man posted the image to kick off the year, while also including former Pininfarina and FCA drawing board master Lorenzo Ramaciotti in the equation. You know, the man we have to thank for the styling of cars such as the Ferrari 550 Maranello or the current-generation Maserati Quattroporte. Needless to say, the Alfa 4C and the Giulia also come from his portfolio.

"I have got to dedicate my year and this era of my career to one of my true Heroes, design Legend (& very soft spoken) Lorenzo Ramaciotti. Many of you may not have heard of him but have likely loved the cars he has had his hands in. Mr. Ramaciotti has had one of the most illustrious careers an automobile designer can have. Having led one of Italy's most famous design houses, Pininfarina for 17 years and contributed there for an incredibly prolific 33 years. He came out of retirement in 2007 to lead Fiat design. In 2009 I met him as my colleague, global boss and most importantly a true mentor," Gilles said on Instagram.

"Never a strong hand but a deep and always thoughtful way of giving invaluable advice. He defines the term class act. His evergreen passion is an inspiration to me. It was with great humility that I took over the job of overseeing FCAdesign from him back in April of 2015. Humbling because there is always so much more to learn from such a master. As 2016 rolls in I can't explain what an honor it is to lead the design aspects of such a cadre of incredible brands," Fiat Chrysler's leading designer added.

Returning to Alfa Romeo's SUV, this is set to make its European debut in the final quarter of this year, the Alfa Romeo SUV will also land on US soil, but we'll have to wait until 2017 for that.
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