Alfa Romeo has officially revealed its first and long-awaited SUV model just hours out from its official premiere in Los Angeles.
Assembled at Alfa’s Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy, the Stelvio is built on the same platform as the Giulia and will be offered in three trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti, and the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
As expected, the Stelvio’s exterior design has been largely borrowed from the Giulia. Up front, the shape of the headlights and openings on the grille and bumper are very similar to those on the sedan. The only differences are the set of air extractors on the hood. Other noticeable design features include blacked-out rear diffuser, lared front and rear wheel arches, rooftop spoiler and the quad tailpipes.
The interior cabin just like the interior has been largely carried over from the Giulia. It features a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard (an 8.8-inch display is optional). There’s also a carbon-fiber Recaro seats and an optional 900-watt, Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers as well as a bunch of safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and optional front parking sensors. There are in total 13 exterior colors offered.
The the entry-level model gets standard set of 18-inch aluminum wheels, while the Ti trim adds standard 19-inch wheels along with authentic wood interior trim, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in place of the standard 6.5-inch display. Ti buyers will also have the possibility of opting for Lusso and Sport packages. Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system is standard across the entire lineup.
In terms of performance, the high-performance Quadrifoglio comes powered by the 505-hp 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. The power is channeled to both axles through an eight-speed automatic transmission, capable of changing gears in just 100 milliseconds. That’s enough to push the SUV from rest to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds, which is an extra tenth of a second slower compared to the sedan due to its increased weight. The top speed is 177 mph (285 km/h). It also boasts a sportier suspension setup, a torque-vectoring rear differential and beefier brakes and larger wheels in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter.
The base Stelvio and the Ti feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for a more than decent top speed of 144 mph (231 km/h). The engine produces full torque at a low 2250 rpm and holds on to it until 4500 rpm, while the all-wheel-drive system can transfer up to 60 percent of torque to the front axle when needed.
Alfa Romeo’s Chassis Domain Controller and DNA (DNA Pro on the Quadrifoglio) drive mode system has been employed across the range. The system permits the driver to select among Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency modes to modify throttle response, boost pressure, and the settings of the adaptive suspension (not available on Base model).
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is expected to arrive on the U.S. market in the middle of next year, there’s no word on pricing just yet.