Looking at the list of model launches planned for tomorrow, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the 2015 Frankfurt auto show is mostly about SUVs. 

We’ll be treated to high-performance SUVs (the Jaguar F-Pace) all-electric SUVs (the expected Audi eTron concept) and more jacked-up ‘crossovers’ than you can shake a stick at. 

For me, however, the most interesting thing happening at Frankfurt is the public unveiling of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia

A clean-sheet design, it’s the first rear-drive mainstream Alfa since the 75 was killed off 23 years ago. 

The story from within Alfa is that ‘nothing was left to chance’ with the creation of the Giulia. Understandably, there has been scepticism.

The 156 remains a styling icon and its use of clever double-wishbone front suspension lifted the driving experience of the front-drive ordinary. Sales were relatively strong, but drifted off. The 156-based 147 hatchback, which Alfa thought would see in the 100s of thousands also failed to anchor Alfa in the minds of Europe’s premium car buyers. Certainly, Alfa had often shabby quality, questionable longevity and a below-par dealer network.