We were smitten on our first encounter with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Both the chassis and the suspension are well tuned, and the engine—a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 essentially made by chopping two cylinders off the Ferrari 488’s V-8—is a monster. But while we were really excited by news that Alfa planned to build a station-wagon Giulia variant (illustrated above), it now appears this Sportwagon model has been canceled. And it’s all the fault of the Stelvio, Alfa’s Giulia-based SUV.
Speaking with Car magazine, Alfa’s head of manufacturing, Alfredo Altavilla, broke the news. “We decided not to do a Giulia Sportwagon,” he said. “Do we really need it if the Stelvio SUV drives that well? Maybe not. With our fine tuning, the Stelvio can capture all the people who would otherwise have been interested in [the station wagon].”
Shown above, the wagon-murdering Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
Now, we’re sure the Stelvio is a fine vehicle, especially in Quadrifoglio form. And since it’s based on the Giulia, we guess it’s sort of a substitute for the Giulia Sportwagon—especially if, as Alfa claims, the Stelvio will be the fastest SUV to lap the Nürburgring.
Of course, from a sales perspective, the Stelvio will probably sell far better than the Giulia Sportswagon ever would, particularly in North America. But to our minds, a Giulia Sportwagon would have been awesome, and our hearts are broken. Consolation may not be so far away, though, if we’re to believe reports that Alfa plans to spin off a two-door-coupe variant of the Giulia and show it at the Geneva show next month.
A version of this story originally appeared on Road & Track.