Alfa Romeo has scrapped plans for a Giulia Sport Wagon after deciding that the model would be too much like the brand's first crossover, the Stelvio.
The model was expected to arrive next month at the Geneva auto show and was seen as a rival to the BMW 3-series touring wagon.
"We have decided not to make a Giulia Sport Wagon. Do we really need it if the SUV Stelvio handles so well? Probably not. With our fine tuning, Stelvio can interest all those people who might have been interested" in the sport wagon, Alfredo Altavilla, head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Europe, Middle East and Africa region, told reporters at an industry event last week in Milan.
British auto magazine Autocar reported in November, based on an interview with Alfa Romeo brand head Reid Bigland, that a Giulia Sport Wagon would be the next new production model from Alfa, and that it would be introduced at the Geneva show.
Alfa unveiled the Stelvio in November at the Los Angeles auto show. Bigland said the crossover would go into production this spring in Italy, and begin making its way to North America -- which is expected to be its main market -- later this year.
The Giulia and Stelvio are among eight models FCA said in May 2014 that it planned to add to the Alfa lineup by 2018.
Ralph Gilles, FCA's global head of design, told reporters in Chicago on Thursday that the long awaited Giulia sedan continues to arrive in greater numbers in the United States. He said 600 additional Giulias landed on U.S. shores this month.
The Giulia was originally expected to be on sale in the U.S. by last fall, but didn't record its first U.S. retail sales until the very end of December, and in January, recorded U.S. sales of only 70 as dealers cope with a slow rollout.