Inside, however, there's still head and leg room for five tall adults and a large boot, plus big door bins, cup holders, deep storage trays in the centre... the usual fare to attract Americans.
Engines on offer in the UK seem to have increased in the last week or so, and the car doesn't go on sale here until the end of the year. At first it appeared that the UK would get only the 3.0-litre, 271bhp/443 lb ft V6 diesel, as you won't find many people buying petrol SUVs. But customers like their Italian badges to stay sporty, so it looks like the Ferrari-sourced bi-turbo 424bhp V6 petrol is now heading our way too.
That diesel choice is not a bad one, however, especially if you prefer to keep your fuel economy the right side of 30mpg. The engines are mated to an eight-speed auto which you can flip through with the fixed-wheel paddles should you feel the need. There's also a sport button to press: do it once and the engine sharpens up, press it again and the suspension follows suit.
Most of the time, the rear wheels alone will be in action, with torque sent to cover any front-wheel slip as required.
There's the usual fare of a touchscreen with all the functions housed within (although our satnav, displaying on an impressively high-resolution screen, refused to play ball the entire trip), and you can override it at any time using the two handsomely knurled metal dials in the centre. It's worth noting that the rear seats are heated – you'll only normally find that sort of luxury a couple more notches up the price ladder.