2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Preview Dec 12, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

Expanding its luxurious and powerful lineup, Alfa Romeo unveiled the Stelvio during the Los Angeles Motor Show. This is the first crossover from the Italian automaker, and it is expected to be the class leader in performance within its segment, taking on competition like the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace.

Styling

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We have only seen the top trim level of this new vehicle so far, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde. This model accentuates the sweeping curves and large tires with gunmetal-gray alloy hubcaps and matching carbon-ceramic disc brakes identical to racing cars. The Quadrifoglio Verde offers sporty styling to match a powerful engine. We also know that every Stelvio offers striking Italian styling and unique elements including its offset number plate and iconic shield grille. The Quadrifoglio Verde trim will be the only one to get bonnet vents. While many design elements are based on the Giulia, the Stelvio is taller and more aggressive. This model also has a deep rear bumper complete with quad tailpipes.

Performance

Just like with any top-tier import, everyone wants to know what it will be like behind the wheel. It runs on a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 that was developed by Ferrari and is on the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Like in the Giulia, this engine gives you 443 pound-feet of torque and 503 horsepower. While the Stelvio does weigh a bit more than the Giulia, this additional weight gets canceled out by the AWD system, which provides extra traction. In other words, you can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and get the Alfa Romeo Stelvio up to speeds of 177 miles per hour. This makes the Stelvio the class leader in luxury performance, beating out the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. Of course, there should also be a 2.0L I4 for the base trim with 276 horsepower. Experts are also predicting that the Stelvio will be available with all the same engines as the Giulia as the lineup expands.

Driver-Focused Premium Interior

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As expected from an Alfa Romeo, the interior is focused on the driver. If you take a closer look, you will notice many similarities to the Giulia. The top Quadrifoglio models have Alcantara suede combines with leather trim and red stitching to contrast everything. You will see bits of sporty carbon fiber throughout this trim, as well. On lower trims, these will be metallic or wood finishes instead.

Driving Dynamics

The Q4 all-wheel drive system will keep all of the power in the rear wheels until it detects a slip. This is when it will send as much as half the power from the engine to the front for more responsive handling. Shifting is controlled by the 8-speed automatic transmission, complete with aluminum paddles on the steering wheel. The Alfa DNA Drive Mode Selector can switch between Dynamic, Natural, or Advanced Efficiency modes while the Quadrifoglio offers an additional Race mode for enthusiasts.

Availability

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You still have to wait to get behind the wheel of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio since orders will probably begin during the middle of 2017. Official pricing information hasn’t been released yet, either, but we do know it will be more expensive than the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which comes in just below $40,000. This puts this entry-luxury SUV within striking distance of the competition with style and performance that should meet the price.

 

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