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 matter” suggests 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.