Spied on a rainy day, the first crossover from Alfa Romeo is hiding underneath a heavily modified Fiat 500L body.

Spied on a rainy day, the first crossover from Alfa Romeo is hiding underneath a heavily modified Fiat 500L body.

Cash-strapped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had to choose between rejuvenating Alfa Romeo and trying to bring back Lancia to its former glory. After what we hope was a very serious analysis, they decided to go with Alfa Romeo and let Lancia slowly die as they are now only selling the Ypsilon strictly at home in Italy.

Getting back to Alfa, their first product part of the overhaul is the Giulia set to go on sale next year and it will be followed shortly by this, their first ever crossover which for now is being referred to by its "949" codename but could get the Kamal moniker after a 2003 concept.

We know the car spotted by our spy photographers in Germany looks peculiar, but that's because this was a chassis testing mule wearing an elongated body of the Fiat 500L. It's easy to see it will be much bigger than the standard 500L and is expected to ride on the same platform as the Giulia from where it will inherit all the engines. It will be interesting to find out whether the crossover will get the Giulia Quadrifoglio's Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 510 PS (375 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft). 

An official introduction of the Alfa Romeo crossover could occur as early as March 2016 in Geneva, although the company could decide to wait until the Paris Motor Show set for about a year from now.