Alfa Romeo’s Giulia sedan will eventually spawn a wagon, people familiar with the matter told Automotive News (subscription required).
The addition of the wagon is to help boost the vehicle’s appeal, particularly in Europe where wagons sell in considerable numbers and most of the Giulia’s rivals offer the option. The Giulia’s predecessor, the 159, also offered a wagon option.
The Giulia wagon is expected to be launched in late 2017. There’s no word on whether it will be sold outside of Europe. Regardless, it’s unlikely Alfa Romeo will launch the model in the United States given the low demand for wagons here.
The Giulia sedan still isn’t on sale in the U.S. In a recent call with analysts, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] CEO Sergio Marchionne said it will arrive before the end of 2016. He also said FCA estimates that worldwide sales numbers for the Giulia should total between 75,000 and 100,000 units eventually.
Marchionne also said in the call that he was pleased with the Giulia’s Giorgio platform and the flexibility it affords, and that even Jeep might end up using it. Dodge is thought to be utilizing the platform for its replacements for the Charger and Challenger models.