No, This Isn’t the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon

This week saw an image spreading like wildfire on social media channels. The said image depicts the rear of what appears to be an Alfa Romeo Giulia with a fifth door, i.e. the Sportwagon body style. Whatever you want to make of it, please do not believe the hype because the image is nothing but photoshopped whitewash.
2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon rendering vs. 2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake 11 photos
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The featured photo collage features the offending image to the left, whereas to the right we have the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Notice anything strange about these two? I’m much obliged to point out what’s wrong, as follows: the seats and headrests, rearview mirror, the trunk floor, latch, handles, and auto close button, as well as the curvature of the hatch-mounted rear spoiler.

A handful of motoring publications took the bait without running a reverse image search, yet that didn’t stop them from writing about this subject with pompous headlines such as “Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon Leaked!” and “Alfa Romeo Giulia estate - first image leaks out.” Now, I suggest we take a second and analyze this situation from a reader’s point of view. For the type of reader who can tell the truth from fiction, this is an affront to his passion.

For the most skeptical among us, ask yourself the following question: “Why haven’t the spy photographers caught the Giulia Sportwagon out testing?” In a nutshell, because it doesn’t exist, not even as a chassis mule. And on that bombshell, there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon for those in the market for a more spacious, family-oriented Alfa Romeo Giulia with a bigger trunk.

No, I’m not referring to the Stelvio crossover SUV. An older report citing people briefed on the mattersuggests that Alfa Romeo is going to take the veils off the Giulia Sportwagon late next year, probably for the 2018 model year. Considering the modularity of the Giorgio platform and Alfa Romeo's renaissance, there’s a possibility this hearsay might turn to fruition.

About that, it's worth remembering that the Fiat Chrysler group is in a serious financial slump, which means that it’s hard for Alfa Romeo to make a business case for the Giulia Sportwagon. Also, bear in mind station wagons have faded away now that crossovers and sport utility vehicles reign supreme.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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