What we have here is not just a top executive smiling at us because he’s happy of the brand’s sales. What we have here is Ralph Gilles, the design boss at FCA showing us the first glimpse of Alfa Romeo’s upcoming SUV.
This image is one of the many reasons why Gilles, once the chief executive officer at SRT and now the boss of all design gurus at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is an Instagram star. This pic was posted to celebrate the start of the New Year. He also gave the nod to former design master Lorenzo Ramaciotti – he is the guy who penned models like the Ferrari 550 Maranello or the current iteration of the Maserati Quattroporte, while also serving as head of Italy’s most famous design houses – Pininfarina – for 17 years.
Anyways, back to the Alfa SUV, this is the next model to come after the Giulia midsize sedan and is expected to premiere in Europe during the latter part of the year with the US debut shortly after entering into 2017. The shot depicts the blurred interior of the SUV – called Typo 949 – which is naturally sporting a close relationship to the Alfa Romeo Giulia dashboard. We have the same sporty instrument cluster and center stack, but the infotainment zone has been clad in a more massive structure. Moving on we can also take some judgments about the size of the interior and note the flat surface obtained when the rear sots have been folded. Using the same underlying architecture as the one employed for the Giulia will make the SUV play in the same segment as the BMW X3.