We’ve seen the Alfa Giulia being teased for some time now, but the production variant is still around a year away. Why so long? An Alfa Romeo insider claims that the Giulia is set to be followed by an SUV spun off the same platform, and development work on the sedan has been tapered off to allocate more resources for the SUV, pictured here in mule form, to catch up. Alfa views an SUVs as a cash cow it cannot overlook, especially in the two markets it’s targeting for growth: China and the US. The delay will also push back the arrival of the BMW M3-baiting QV.