A weird-looking test mule of the 2017 Alfa Romeo SUV has been photographed testing at home in Italy.

A weird-looking test mule of the 2017 Alfa Romeo SUV has been photographed testing at home in Italy.

Just like in our previous batch of spy images, the test mule was carrying a stretched Fiat 500L body with some black plastic add-ons that made it look even more peculiar. Fans of the legendary Italian brand are certainly not too happy to see their beloved Alfa will soon have a high-riding model, but from a business point a view it makes perfect sense since crossovers & SUVs are still big fat cash-cows and if you slap the Alfa badge on them, the appeal is even bigger.

Hopefully, Giulia's gorgeous look will rub off onto Alfa's first ever SUV which will be offered in both rear- and all-wheel drive guises. It will be interesting to see whether the model will also be available in a range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde version like the Giulia QV which has a Ferrari-derived 510 PS 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. Lesser variants of the yet unnamed SUV and Giulia will both be offered with an "advanced, high output four-cylinder" engine, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chairman Sergio Marchionne.

Codenamed Project 949, the model is scheduled to go on sale in Europe sometime next year while and will also arrive in United States by Q1 2017.

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