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Alfa Romeo SUV gets the green light for production





Alfa Romeo will produce a crossover at the company’s plant in Toledo North, Ohio, and the new model will share the platform and several other features with the new Jeep Liberty.

After Fiat and Chrysler have signed an agreement which will bring new models to the United States and Europe, the partnership will also give birth to an Alfa Romeo SUV which, according to autoedizione.com, will enter production at the company’s Toledo North, Ohio factory. The exact date when the Alfa Romeo SUV will hit the production line is uncertain at the moment but on the 16th of August the facility will stay idle while awaiting the necessary preparations for producing the model and its Jeep derivative too.
The Alfa Romeo SUV will have a lot of things in common with the Jeep Liberty, including the platform, engines and running gear, but differences between the two models will be made in styling and while the Jeep will follow the same path as before, Alfa Romeo will probably enlighten us with new lines. Chrysler will be investing 1.7 billion USD to increase the plant’s capacity and it will also hire an additional 1,100 works, while adding a second shift. The Alfa Romeo SUV might roll off the assembly line in early 2013.
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Alfa Romeo Crossover Arriving In 2015: Report






2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept





Alfa Romeo first hinted at the possibility of launching a crossover as early as 2003, when it unveiled the stylish Kamal concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.

However, development of a production version didn’t really start in earnest until it was confirmed Alfa Romeo would return to North America, which Sergio Marchionne, the boss of Alfa’s parent company, Fiat, has stated will now happen by the end of this year.

While 10 years may have passed since the Kamal’s unveiling, it seems like we’re no closer to seeing Alfa Romeo launch a crossover, but according to a new report we may just see such a vehicle in the next couple of years.

According to Reuters, development of a new Alfa Romeo crossover has already started and the vehicle should be hitting showrooms in 2015.

It will be just one of nine new models to be launched by Alfa Romeo over the next four years. The automaker’s current lineup consists of just two models, the MiTo and Giulietta hatchbacks.

The new crossover is a crucial model for Alfa Romeo’s U.S. return, which comes as no surprise given the popularity of tall-riding models in this country. To speed up development, it will share its underpinnings with Jeep’s replacement for the Liberty, which is due for a reveal at the 2013 New York Auto Show and is rumored to revive the Cherokee nameplate.

Those underpinnings will be the front-wheel-drive Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) platform found in a variety of vehicles including the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Dodge Dart. All-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

Production will take place at the Mirafiori plant near Fiat’s headquarters in Turin, Italy, and Alfa Romeo will sell the vehicle worldwide.

While the new Alfa Romeo crossover isn’t likely to appear until 2015 at the earliest, we will be treated to a few tastier models before then. They include the 4C sports car due out later this year, followed by the 159-replacing Giulia sedan in 2014 and the Mazda MX-5-based Spider in 2015.
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Alfa Romeo crossover to be called the Giulietta Cross - report

2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept

Could be based on the Jeep Cherokee

According to a recent report, Alfa Romeo's upcoming crossover will be called the Giulietta Cross.
Citing sources familiar with the project, Autocar is reporting the crossover could arrive before the highly-anticipated Giulia which has been delayed on multiple occasions. The source went on to say the model will likely be based on a Jeep model.
Additional information is limited but previous reports have indicated the model could arrive as early as next year and be based on the Jeep Cherokee. There's no word on specifications but the Cherokee is offered with a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that develops 184 bhp (137 kW) and 232 Nm (171 lb-ft) of torque as well as a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 that cranks out 267 bhp (199 kW) and 316 Nm (233 lb-ft) of torque.
Note: Alfa Romeo Kamal Concept pictured
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Alfa Romeo crossover coming in 2016 with up to 500 bhp - report

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A second, larger SUV also planned

According to a recent report, Alfa Romeo will launch a crossover in 2016.
It was 2003 when Alfa Romeo introduced the Kamal concept at the Geneva Motor Show and now it seems a crossover is nearing production as Auto Express says it will hit dealerships sometime in 2016. Likely to be called the Giulietta Cross, it will have just about the same size as the BMW X3 and will be powered by newly developed four- and six-cylinder engines. The most potent gasoline motor is expected to deliver as much as 500 bhp (373 kW) and there will also be a hot diesel model offering 350 bhp (261 kW). According to a previous report, these high-powered Alfas could get engines developed by Ferrari.
Following the crossover's introduction, Alfa Romeo will also launch a larger SUV and both these new models will reportedly get both rear- and all-wheel drive setups as well as an ideal 50:50 weight distribution. Before these two, a 3-Series rival called Giulia will likely be out towards the end of 2015 and will be followed by a bigger model to go up against the 5-Series.
Hopefully these rumors will materialize and that Fiat has an ambitious plan for Lancia as well.
Note: 2003 Alfa Romeo Kamal concept pictured.
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A new report coming out of England gives us a good idea of what to expect from Alfa Romeo's first-ever full-production crossover.
Part of Alfa's ambitious model offensive, the yet-unnamed model will be aimed squarely the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, two of the segment's most popular offerings. What the crossover will look like still a mystery but sources close to Alfa have confirmed it will not share any styling cues with the stillborn Kamal concept (pictured) that debuted at the 2003 edition of the Geneva Motor Show.




Alfa's crossover will ride on a shortened version of the Maserati Ghibli's platform. In the United States, power will come from new four- and six-cylinder gasoline-burning engines that will be inaugurated by the upcoming Giulia, a compact sedan set to spearhead Alfa's product expansion. Rear-wheel drive will come standard and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

Buyers in Europe will be able to order the crossover with a diesel engine and a manual transmission but Alfa will likely not bring these features on our shores. However, a range-topping model powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 tuned with input from Ferrari to develop about 500 horsepower is expected to round out the lineup on both continents.

Fiat - Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne believes the crossover and a slew of additional new models will allow Alfa Romeo to sell 400,000 cars annually by the year 2018. Starved for new products, Alfa had one of its worst years in 2013 with just 74,000 cars sold and industry analysts predict the company will sell even fewer cars this year.

Alfa's first-ever crossover could debut at a major auto show next fall. If all goes according to plan, it will go on sale in the United States in time for the 2016 model year.


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Alfa Romeo has an ambitious product plan in place to revive the marque and bring it back to North America. And according to the latest reports, that includes a new crossover.

A dozen years after the reveal of the Kamal concept pictured here, the new, as-yet-unnamed production crossover – referred to internally as Project 949 – will be Alfa's first, arriving hot on the heels of sister-company Maserati's upcoming Levante crossover.

The high-riding Alfa will be about the size of the Audi Q5 or BMW X3, and is reportedly being developed on the same rear-drive "Giorgio" platform as the replacement for the discontinued 159 sedan, which is expected to be called Giulia overseas but possibly wear the 6C moniker in North America when it's unveiled on June 24 at the Alfa Romeo museum outside Milan.

Both models are expected to be produced at the company's Cassino plant near Rome, and feature a new family of engines including a high-output diesel V6. A larger crossover is set to follow as well.
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with stretched Fiat 500L body spied in Italy

2017 Alfa Romeo SUV spy photo / S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

Will be Alfa's first ever SUV

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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Alfa Romeo completes preparation work for SUV; going into production next year

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Based on Giulia sedan

Alfa Romeo has announced preparation work for the company's first ever SUV has been completed.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne told analysts gathered at a conference call earlier this week that "all preparation work" for the SUV is done and the company's revival plan is progressing as scheduled. He did not disclose the name of the high-riding model but we do know it is codenamed Project 949 and will be based on the recently unveiled Giulia sedan.
It will take the shape of a BMW X3 competitor and will hit the assembly line either at the end of Q1 2016 or beginning Q2 2016, before hitting European dealerships in September or October while United States will get it early 2017.
Marchionne went on to specify Alfa Romeo has already spent almost €2 billion out of a total of €5 billion allocated by parent company FCA for the brand's revamp. The crossover has already been caught on camera, but so far only test mules wearing extended bodies of the Fiat 500L were spotted and hopefully in the months to come we'll get to see the vehicle's real body which is bound to take styling cues from the Giulia.
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Alfa Romeo CUV to challenge Porsche's Nurburgring lap time record?


Alfa Romeo CUV to challenge Porsche's Nurburgring lap time record?

Alfa Romeo has shed some light about the company’s first ever crossover programmed for a European launch in the second half of 2016.
Speaking to Car & Driver, Alfa Romeo North America’s boss, Reid Bigland, said the crossover is “well underway” and it has already been shown to dealers. It will be slightly bigger than the BMW X3 and promises to offer a “really gorgeous Italian design and style to set it apart” in this challenging segment. So far spy photos have only shown test mules wearing modified Fiat 500L bodies, so we don’t know how the production model will actually look like.
Aside from an appealing design, Reid Bigland mentioned the brand’s first high-riding model is going to provide “peerless performance” not just in terms of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h), but also as far as the Nürburgring lap time. This could mean Alfa is aiming to take down the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S's record for the quickest crossover/SUV on the ‘Ring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 59 seconds.
The Alfa Romeo crossover doesn’t have a name yet, but this isn’t really surprising taking into account the company took its sweet time coming up with a moniker for the new sedan. There’s no word about an exact launch date, although Reid Bigland does mention it will hit US at the beginning of 2017, following a European reveal. Alfa could decide to unveil the crossover early October during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
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First image likely showing Alfa Romeo crossover interior released


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief designer, Ralph Gilles, released an image on Instagram a few days ago depicting what could possibly be the Alfa Romeo crossover.


The attached pic shows legendary car designer Lorenzo Ramaciotti sitting in the trunk of what appears to be a crossover judging by the tall windows and the raised driving position. As you can see, the rear seats are folded and seem to lay completely flat, so the cabin should be quite practical when carrying voluminous cargo. The dashboard seems very familiar and has a lot in common with the Giulia, one of the many cars designed by Ramaciotti.

Spy photos showing prototypes with production bodies should hit the web in the near future since up until now we’ve only seen the crossover as a test mule wearing a modified Fiat 500L body. The engine lineup will mostly be sourced from the Giulia and is expected to include a turbo gasoline 2.0-liter, turbodiesel 2.2-liter, a bigger turbodiesel V6, and the mighty biturbo 2.9-liter V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio.


An official reveal of the Alfa Romeo CUV (codenamed “Tipo 949”) could occur at the beginning of October during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
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Alfa Romeo crossover to be called the Stelvio


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly confirmed Alfa Romeo's upcoming crossover will be called the Stelvio.


According to Auto Express, Marchionne confirmed the name when he was visiting the Cassino plant to announce the Alfa Romeo Giulia will go into production on March 14th. The executive declined to elaborate but the Stelvio name reportedly pays homage to a famous mountain pass in Italy.
While Alfa Romero's future always seem to be in a constant state of flux, the company recently confirmed plans to introduce a mid-size crossover in 2016 or 2017. The company declined to go into specifics but the magazine says the crossover will go into production late this year before going on sale in early 2017.


Little is known about the model but it is expected to be based on a slightly modified version of the Giulia’s platform. Engine options will also be shared with the Giulia so we can expect an assortment of different mills including a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 276 horsepower and a biturbo 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 505 hp and 443 lb-ft pound-feet of torque.


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will eventually be joined by two additional crossovers which are slated to be introduced by 2020.
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Report: Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV to debut in high-performance trim






Alfa Romeo is close to completing development of a new SUV to take on the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The vehicle is expected to be called a Stelvio and make its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
According to Autocar, the Stelvio will initially arrive in high-performance trim, which for Alfa Romeo means the Quadrifoglio label. A similar strategy was employed by the Italian brand for the Giulia sedan which is due to go on sale here in the third quarter of the year.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio spy shots - Image via S.


The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to feature a similar specification to the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which means a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood delivering upwards of 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
Autocar suggests the engine may be retuned for more torque but less power in the Stelvio, which may prompt Alfa Romeo to also drop the Quadrifoglio designation.



Nevertheless, the targeted vehicles for this particular Stelvio variant will be Porsche’s Macan Turbo as well as the upcoming BMW X3 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC63.
Lesser Stelvios should come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 276 hp and 295 lb-ft. This same engine is featured in the Giulia’s base and Ti (Turismo Internazionale) trim levels. And some diesel options will almost certainly be offered overseas.
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2017/18 Alfa Romeo Stelvio


This was sent to me from Europe.
It looks ok but I am not sure if it is the real thing or an illustration.
(or early press stuff etc..)

No matter what it is, it seems pretty close to other spy shots I have seen of Alfa's brand new SUV.
I think this is actually a great move for Alfa. Coming out with an SUV right after the new Giulia sedan.

We should be getting the sedan first, but you know this will be the money maker for Alfa.
Since, for some reason, everyone wants an SUV these days.
And since SUVs hare popular no matter who makes them, the Stelvio could work better than the sedan in the US.
In a sea of Mercedes, Audi and BMW SUVS this has a chance to stand out.

The same platform will also be used for some Chrysler/Dodge cars ans SUVs.
Not sure which ones yet.
But these 2 poor brands need something new pronto.
The only bright star is the new Pacifica, which has been getting really good reviews. And looks very nice in the flesh.
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Alfa Romeo teases Stelvio SUV ahead of LA debut





After being the subject of much speculation and spy photography, Alfa Romeo has finally released the first official glimpse of its Stelvio SUV, accompanied by an unveiling date.




Though shown in shadowy profile only, the Stelvio gives us some insight look at its proportions and design. With a sloped nose, raked windshield and domed roof, it looks sportier than the BMW X3, a vehicle that has been identified as a primary marketplace rival.

The rear roofline slopes down into a shorter hatch, contrary to the boxy rear bolted onto test mules. Overall, it's a much sportier silhouette than many other SUVs in its class. Spy shots have shown the front to incorporate a version of the corporate grille first seen on the Giulia. At any rate, it should look better than the Zagato-designed Autech Stelvio.

Though Alfa Romeo didn't release with the image any new information regarding drivetrain, the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio Verde performance version is expected to employ a version of the Giulia QV's 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, good for 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Head of Alfa Romeo North America Reid Bigland claims that the it will deliver "peerless performance" in both zero-to-60 mph time and Nurburgring benchmarks.






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Alfa Romeo has erroneously published a promotional video in which a partially-camouflaged Stelvio is clearly visible.


The flick highlighted the company's production process. It was quickly taken down, but not before website Motor1 grabbed a screen shot of the BMW X3-sized crossover.

The black door handles and the relatively small wheels tell us that the example going down the assembly line is most likely a base model. Its front end falls in line with the design language that was inaugurated last year by the Giulia thanks to styling cues such as a tall vertical grille and swept-back headlights.

The Stelvio features a Cayenne-like roofline and a relatively low ride height, which hints that it's aimed at buyers who are seeking performance and handling, not at those looking for Land Rover Defender-rivaling off-road prowess. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

Power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The turbo four will shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For speed junkies, a range-topping model with a twin-turbocharged V6 tuned to deliver over 500 horsepower might join the lineup a little later in the production run.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is scheduled to make its public debut in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will go on sale next year as a 2018 model.





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Lightly-camouflaged Alfa Romeo Stelvio snapped testing

Alfa is putting the final touches onto the Stelvio.



























With the Alfa Romeo Stelvio's expected reveal date at the Los Angeles Auto Show quickly approaching, we're not surprised to see prototypes testing in broad daylight with less and less camouflage. But even these latest spy shots make it difficult to determine details about the upcoming SUV.

Just like before the headlights are disguised by heavy tape, but appear to be nearly identical to the ones found on the Giulia sedan. There's also a small v-shaped grille at the front with two rectangular ones on the bottom of the front fascia. The hood has three oddly-shaped ridges, but those are probably more camo to disguise actual creases. Previous SUVs were spotted with much smaller ruffles on the hood.

The overall profile of the prototype remains the same as the ones we've spotted earlier with a design that mimics the Porsche Macan. The bulbous rear end of the SUV hasn't changed much either. The familiar taillights are still taped off, but appear to be taken straight from the Giulia. The massive exhaust tips, though, are new and would be more at home on a sports car.

With the Stelvio expected to get the same gasoline and diesel powertrains as the Giulia, the weapon-sized exhaust tips on the prototype hint towards the possibility of the SUV getting the 2.9-liter V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is like a taller, more practical Giulia

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With the Giulia on its way to dealers in the coming months, Alfa Romeo's third current model for the US market is close behind. The 2018 Stelvio will give the company an offering in the ever-popular crossover SUV segment, and should bring Alfa's signature style and driving dynamics to the party.

On paper, the Stelvio seems capable of delivering on classic Alfa fun. For starters it shares engines with the Giulia sedan, starting with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the standard Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Alfa will offer a Quadrifoglio model as well, which has the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 as the Giulia Quadrifoglio that pumps out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The company claims that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will get to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, just a tenth behind the Giulia.

Regardless of trim level, every Stelvio sends power through an 8-speed automatic transmission connected to Alfa's Q4 all-wheel-drive system. A mechanical limited-slip rear differential is available, and the Quadrifoglio adds a torque-vectoring rear differential. The drivetrain propels an aluminum-intensive chassis. The doors, fenders, front and rear frame assemblies, and various suspension components are all made of the lightweight metal, contributing to a near 50/50 weight distribution front and rear. Suspension is independent all the way around, and the Quadrifoglio gets a sportier, adaptive version.



Styling-wise, the Stelvio also lives up to the Giulia. In fact, it looks more or less like a tall Giulia wagon. The front fascia is roughly the same, just with a taller center grille and slightly more swept back lower sides. The slope of the nose is much less raked, too. The character lines along the flanks and even the rear bumper are all very similar to the Giulia Quadrifoglio. The one part that isn't as successful, though, is the tail end. It appears Alfa tried to give the Stelvio a gently sloping hatch, but the result is a bulbous backside with lot of sheet metal.

Inside, the Stelvio again echoes its sedan sibling, though in this case the top of the dash peaks above the center screen and slopes down to the right vent. In the Giulia, the top of the dash drops down immediately from the gauge cluster, and only rises again at the right vent. Speaking of gauges, the Stelvio features a 7-inch screen nestled between the tach and speedometer, the latter reading up to 200 mph in the Quadrifoglio. In the center stack, standard Stelvios get a 6.5-inch display, while the Stelvio Ti and Quadrifoglio upgrade to 8.8-inch units. The Ti also adds real wood trim. All Stelvios also come with leather seating, and the Quadrifoglio adds Alcantara to the mix and available Sparco seats with carbon fiber shells.

Alfa didn't reveal when the Stelvio will arrive at dealers, nor did it give an estimate for pricing. But we hope it won't take quite as long to show up as the Giulia, for a couple of reasons. One, it could be a big money maker for Alfa. Two, if it delivers on a fraction of the enjoyment of the Giulia, we want to drive it as soon as possible.
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New Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV: Engines and trim levels revealed (EU)











Giulia inspired SUV set to hit showrooms later this year. Here's all the latest news.

Alfa Romeo has revealed launch specifications for the new Stelvio SUV, including two new engine options and three trim levels heading to the UK.
We’ve already seen and covered the Stelvio in range topping, 503bhp Quadrifoglio trim, revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show late last year. The latest news from Alfa outlines the regular Stelvio range, which will include one petrol and one diesel engine from launch. This is Alfa’s first SUV, and the firm has high hopes that it’ll become its biggest seller almost overnight.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive review

The Stelvio is the second model in what’s set to be a big product charge from Alfa Romeo. The company’s entire fleet will be overhauled by 2020 with the inclusion of all-new models. Eight new Alfas will be on sale by the end of the decade, so expect six more cars over the coming years.
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The Stelvio uses the latest design language established by the new Giulia saloon, boasting the same new face and taillight design. Like that car, it made its debut in range topping Quadrofoglio form, using the same 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. As such, the Porsche Macan Turbo rival boasts huge performance – 0-62mph is done in 3.9 seconds, while top speed comes in at 177mph. Alfa says it will be the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring.
Now, closer to launch, more everyday engines have been revealed. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder Turbo with 276bhp and a 2.2-litre 207bhp diesel will hit the European market when the Stelvio goes on sale, though the exact UK engine line-up is yet to be finalised.
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Against the tape measure, the new Alfa Stelvio comes in at 4,680mm long, 2,160mm wide and 1,650mm tall. That makes it almost identical in length to the Porsche, but significantly wider.




Its design is heavily inspired by the Giulia Quadrifoglio; borrowing key styling cues such as the narrow LED headlamps, trademark shield-shaped grille and gaping air intakes. Body-coloured side-skirts with a carbon inserts, blistered wheel arches and quad exhausts are also unique to the range topper. On the standard Stelvio this extrovert styling is toned down.
The minimalist, driver-focused cabin uses a mixture of wood and fabrics, though the Quadrifoglio gets carbon-fibre finishes. An 8.8-inch infotainment system is housed in the centre of the dash and operated via the control wheel on the centre console - standard equipment on every Stelvio. The overall cabin architecture is carried over from the Giulia, with the hooded instrument binnacles, undulating dashboard and driver-focused controls.
In the UK, three trim levels have been confirmed at launch. The standard Stelvio comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, while in the cabin the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard equipment, alongside an 8-speaker system. Safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and forward collision warning make the cut, alongside conveniences like an electric tailgate, automatic lights and wipers plus parking sensors.
Stelvio Super cars build on this spec with design and finish tweaks. A partial leather interior is included with 18-inch alloy wheels and steel door-sill inserts. Stelvio Tecnica models feature 3D navigation and Bi-Xenon headlights, though only the diesel engine will be available. A Luxury Pack introduces full leather seats electrically adjustable seats and real wood inserts, while a Sports Pack brings Sports Seats and a racier look and feel to the cabin.
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV: chassis, engines and performance

Similarities with the saloon extend beneath the skin, with the Stelvio underpinned by the same aluminium chassis – made up of double wishbone front suspension and four-and-a-half link setup at the rear – and powered by the 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 in Quadrifoglio form. The engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox as standard, which Alfa claims can change gear in 150 milliseconds in Race mode. Carbon ceramic brakes have also been fitted to help rein in all that power.
Alfa’s Q4 four-wheel drive system and torque vectoring technology has also been fitted to the Quadrifoglio. Under normal driving conditions the Stelvio sends 100 per cent of its power to the rear axle, but the Q4 system continuously monitors torque split between the front and rear wheels. An active transfer case and front differential allow up to 50 per cent of the engines power to be transferred to the front axle.
Combined with torque vectoring technology – a first on any Alfa Romeo – torque can then be optimised between the rear wheels individually thanks to two clutches in the rear axle.
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Two more launch engines have been confirmed for the European market. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 276bhp mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive – as seen in the First Edition version of the car – will appear. Alfa claims 400Nm of torque, as well as 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.
A 2.2-litre diesel will line up alongside it with 207bhp and 470Nm of torque, achieving 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 133mph. The same engine will be available with 178bhp further down the line, and we expect more powerunits to appear in the future. At the LA Motor Show, Alfa Romeo Europe boss Fabrizio Curci told Auto Express: "In Europe we will have a pretty large lineup - including diesel engines and two-wheel drive".
Alfa claims a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and the Stelvio tips the scales at 1,660kg. Aluminium has been used extensively on the SUV, with a platform, engines, suspension, door, bonnet and bootlid all made from the lightweight material.
The Stelvio is expected to be the first of at least two other SUVs from Alfa Romeo. Reid Bigland, Alfa CEO, previously expressed an interest in developing a larger SUV based on the Maserati Levante’s underpinnings. A smaller Audi Q3 SUV rival is also understood to be in the pipeline.
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Review






It would appear Alfa can make a decent saloon, but what about an SUV? Time to find out



While PH types are probably most enthused about the Giulia (up to and including the Quadrifoglio), it's the Stelvio that's really key to Alfa Romeo's rebirth. Vital, you might say. Not only do the big premium manufacturers have many successful SUVs already - see BMW, Mercedes and Audi as the key examples - those that have previously ignored the market now find themselves compelled to compete. When Lamborghini feels the need to enter a market, albeit in its upper echelons, you sense the fad isn't going away anytime soon. Alfa knew it needed an SUV, and knew it had to be competitive too. If it's not up with the class best, why would customers bother with an unknown SUV entity when there are so many alternatives? Hence lots of "best-in-class" espoused in the press conference, along with some more predictable soundbites: "It's an Alfa first and an SUV second", "It has an Alfa soul", "a pure driving experience" and so on. The word "passion" may have been mentioned once or twice too...
There are two caveats to this review also. Firstly, the Stelvio wasn't driven on the Stelvio (it's closed due to snow) and there isn't a Quadrifoglio available yet; expect a drive in that later in the year.
What's available instead are the two engine variants that will be on offer at UK launch in Q3 this year, the 210hp diesel and 280hp petrol. Both are all-new and all aluminium, both are paired to the ZF eight-speed auto with Alfa software and both, says Alfa Romeo, are "guaranteed to give even the most skilled driver unique thrills."



Unique thrills
By and large, the diesel is pretty good. It's decently refined, responsive from 1,500rpm (the auto won't kickdown if you've chosen the correct mode - a good sign) and strong through its mid-range. Predictably perhaps the upper reaches aren't really worth exploring, and it never feels as fast as that 0-62mph time would suggest (attribute that more to the short gear ratios), but it's a pleasant enough diesel. There are no nasty knocks or vibrations in the cabin, the automatic gearbox feels perfectly matched to it and it's subdued at a cruise. Perhaps the Stelvio diesel's biggest issue will be just how competitive the engine will feel against some very strong rivals; on this impression it feels to be on par for performance, while perhaps a little behind on refinement. Pleasingly though the Stelvio feels like it can take on all comers dynamically. Alfa makes great pains to stress the benefits of a low kerbweight (c. 1,650kg, achieved through some aluminium body panels and even a carbon propshaft) distributed evenly around the car and the sharp, direct steering with a 12:1 ratio. In the context of this event the work feels to have paid dividends, the Stelvio eager, willing and agile through bends, genuinely not feeling far off a good hatchback in terms of dynamics. On winter tyres it moves into understeer a tad sooner than is ideal (peak claimed cornering is 0.92g), but that's to be expected; more encouraging is that it doesn't feel like the interminable front-end push you might associate with a diesel 4x4, the car responsive to brake and throttle inputs to atone for your mistake.
Alfa will tell you that its engineering approach is top-down with the Stelvio, that the lessons from the Quadrifoglio filtered down into the regular versions rather than the fast one being built from the humdrum cars, and there is a sense of that here. Without wishing to get caught in the 4C trap, here the Stelvio feels to handle with real ability and aplomb.



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The brake pedal is fantastic, firm and confidence inspiring in a way that you again simply wouldn't credit an SUV with. Those big aluminium paddles are a joy to use - particularly as the slightly-too-aggressive gearbox map will change down a lot - and that steering is super direct yet not unsettling. In all honesty it feels ever so slightly Ferrari-like, the response initially a little unsettling but, having acclimatised, easy to get used to. A diesel SUV has never been quite this enjoyable on a mountain pass before. However, before this becomes a paean and we drop to pray to the Balocco gods, the Stelvio has a few of dynamic issues. A drag co-efficient of "less than 0.3Cd" promises much in terms of refinement, but on occasion a little too much wind noise can be heard. And while the ride is seemingly well damped, it could prove a little firm in the UK. That doesn't stop family buyers lapping up Macans though, does it? While mentioning the Porsche, it's clearly worth stating that definitive verdicts are impossible without comparison to the direct rivals. The signs are good though, put it that way.
On all Stelvios the Chassis Domain Control allows the choice of Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency driving modes; the latter is best avoided, dulling the throttle response to an unacceptable level. Surprisingly though Dynamic is usually the best mode. Not only is the suspension uncorrupted (the new aluminium Alfalink setup is non-adjustable on these models), the additional steering weight is not unpleasant and the sharper throttle response welcome. Gear changes are swift and smooth in all modes too, apart from that tendency in Dynamic to arrive at all corners in a gear not far off the redline. In normal conditions the Q4 all-wheel drive system is 100 per cent rear drive, with up to 50 per cent able to go forwards; without any slippery surfaces to test this on, there was little impression of power being directed around on this drive. 'Surefooted' is probably what you would call it.



That petrol emotion
The petrol engine is again all aluminium and boasts some competitive numbers: 280hp is accompanied by 295lb ft which, combined with a 1,660kg kerbweight, means 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, 143mph and 161g/km. In all honesty though it's a pretty flat engine - power and torque is plentiful, but there's no incentive to extend the engine; indeed with a rev limit at 6,000rpm the power band isn't a great deal wider than the diesel's. The noise is joyless too. While fast enough, to have this sort of petrol engine from Alfa is rather disappointing. Still, the vast majority of UK buyers will be having the diesel anyway, so that's hardly the end of the world. Just a little sad. Of far more relevance (probably) to buyers will be the Stelvio's interior, where the car again feels to be broadly in line with the competition without ever surpassing it. It's spacious enough, refined enough, plush enough; at no point does it truly frustrate, though neither does the Stelvio inspire. The infotainment may be found to be lacking against rivals too, with some fairly plain graphics compared to cars like the Q5 and X3. The functionality is very good, though. And while much is made of the Stelvio's driving position in comparison to the Giulia (apparently the roll axis is the same as the saloon), it doesn't quite envelope the driver like a Macan.
Despite that there's plenty to recommend the Stelvio, of that there's no doubt, but the car enters into a fiercely contested segment. At the moment it feels on par (or very close) to cars like the Macan and F-Pace, with the GLC and X3 to bear in mind also. Whether some strong Alfa dynamics are enough to convince prospective buyers, particularly with the Porsche and Jaguar available too, remains to be seen; pricing will be a key factor as well, which is due in a couple of months. For now praise of the Stelvio is measured yet entirely warranted, the car feeling like a worthy sector entry rather than a new class leader. If you are an Alfa fan you'll find plenty to like here, though newcomers to the brand may need a little more convincing - let's see when it arrives in the UK in September.
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO DIESEL
Engine
: 2,143cc 4-cyl diesel
Transmission: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 210@3,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 347@1,750rpm
0-62mph: 6.6 seconds
Top speed: 134mph
Weight: 1,659kg (DIN, excluding driver)
MPG: 58.9 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 127g/km
Price: TBC
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO
Engine
: 1,995cc 4-cyl petrol, turbo
Transmission: 8-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 280@5,250rpm
Torque (lb ft): 295@2,250rpm
0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed: 143mph
Weight: 1,660kg (DIN, excluding driver)
MPG: 40.4 (NEDC combined)
CO2: 161g/km
Price: TBC















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Alfa Romeo Stelvio (2017) review






  • At a glance
  • Handling5 out of 5
  • Performance4 out of 5
  • Usability4 out of 5
  • Feelgood factor4 out of 5
  • CAR's Rating4 out of 5




New Alfa Romeo Stelvio review
SUV based on Giulia saloon
Prices expected to start at £35k
Nothing is sacred in SUV territory, not even the Alfa Romeo badge. Still revered for its back catalogue of sporting saloons, hatches and coupes, the sleeping Italian giant is gunning for mainstream success with the Stelvio SUV, the first car in the category to come from the brand.
Can they mimic the success of countless other premium crossovers? Will the quality match up to the Germans'? And does the world want an Alfa 4x4? Read on for our full Alfa Romeo Stelvio review.
Where have I heard that name before?

You’ll be thinking of the Stelvio Pass, an Alpine road famed for its challenging hairpins and uncompromising nature. Naturally enough, it's where Alfa chose to launch its new model.

It’s a statement of intent from Turin, a clear suggestion that despite entering SUV territory the Stelvio is not about to sacrifice any sports car lineage in the name of versatility.
Jaguar gate-crashes Alfa Romeo Stelvio launch with its new E-Pace
Reminds me of Giulia from the front…

And deliberately so. There’s plenty of shared hardware with the Giulia saloon, but the Stelvio’s looks are a big draw. That nose is just as eye-catching as on its sibling while the overall shape successfully blends the need for space with attractive curves.
It’s a bit retro compared to the ultra-modern F-Pace, but who doesn’t love Alfa’s back catalogue? It’s possibly the only SUV you’d buy on looks alone...
What about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio hardware?

All Stelvios ride on double wishbones at the front and multi-link at the rear (Alfa says it’s ‘four-and-a-half-link’), as well as what Alfa says is the most direct steering set-up in the segment.
Q4 four-wheel-drive is standard, albeit with a rear-bias to the power distribution: 100% in normal driving conditions and up to 50% pushed to the front when circumstances demand it. You can also option in a mechanical LSD at the rear if you’re planning on hot laps (as if!).

For now the engine line up is restricted to two choices: the 2.2-litre diesel in 207bhp form and a new 2.0-litre aluminium petrol tested here. Even though there’s the rampant Quadrofolgio still to come, the four-cylinder petrol offers up a hefty 276bhp and 295lb ft of torque to make it a genuine performance crossover.
Alfa claims 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds – our example didn’t quite feel that fast (although we were mostly at altitude), but it responds sharply to the throttle and spins happily to 6000rpm, although peak power arrives at a relatively modest 5250rpm.
The standard eight-speed automatic transmission works happily in tandem with the petrol engine, shifting without fuss in automatic mode but it’s even better when you use the elegant aluminium paddle shifters. Zipping up and down through the gearbox and exercising the motor is a genuine pleasure, even if the engine’s thrum isn’t what you’d expect.
But does it handle like a phonebox on castors?

Not a bit of it. Of course it’s taller than a Giulia and is similar in width, but there’s aluminium throughout the body and suspension which helps to keep the centre of gravity low. You’re also sat relatively low for a crossover; you still get some of the raised driving position but body roll is kept well in check and inspires confidence when you start to push.

The flip side is a relatively firm ride - and there’s no electronic trickery to soften things up, but on balance it’s a worthwhile trade-off; only the Porsche Macan drives better.
So is there any SUV in the Alfa Stelvio at all?

More than enough to get by. Up front, head and legroom is competitive, if not exceptional, and the same can be largely said for the rear, although the boot is usefully big at 525 litres, enclosed by an electrically operated tailgate.
It’s a pleasing cabin, too; our car added the Luxury pack which brings a smart wood finish and more leather. The quality on this early example was decent and, although not rammed with new tech, was easy to operate and a refreshing change from much of the competition.
What else do I need to know?

There’s also a 2.2-litre diesel Alfa Romeo Stelvio, initially available in 207bhp form with a 178bhp version to follow. And the full-fat Quadrofoglio of course…
Verdict

If you want a crossover that sacrifices as little of the conventional-car driving experience as possible, then the Alfa Romeo Stelvio should be given serious consideration. It’s a great car in its own right, but given it is Alfa’s first SUV, it’s borderline brilliant on first acquaintance.
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Alfa has announced pricing for its new SUV model.


Alfa Romeo has announced pricing for its all-new 2018 Stelvio SUV. The Stelvio joins the Giulia sedan as Alfa's second modern mainstream model for the United States market.
Pricing for the Stelvio will start from $41,995. Included in that price of entry is remote start with passive entry, bi-xenon headlights, dual-exhaust outlets, 18-inch wheels, carbon fiber driveshaft, flat-bottom steering wheel and a 7-inch infotainment system.
Alfa will offer a Sport package for the base Stelvio for $1,800 that adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, colored brake calipers and black exterior accents. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be offered as an optional upgrade for the Stelvio.
Stepping up to the $43,995 Stelvio Ti brings 19-inch wheels, genuine interior wood accents, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
Two packages are available for the Stelvio Ti — Sport and Lusso. The Sport package adds 20-inch wheels, a sportier suspension, sports seats, paddle shifters, sport steering wheel and black exterior accents. The Lusso package nets 19-inch wheels, Luxury Pieno Fiore Italian leather seats with Cannelloni inserts, leather-covered dash and a "luxury" steering wheel. Each package carries an MSRP of $2,500.
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Review: 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio



An SUV poster boy at last. Yes, it’s Italian







I loathe SUVs but this one's vaguely tempting
At a glance

  • Looks surprisingly good
  • Diesel engines aren't very Alfa but at least it's a good example
  • Quite practical

  • Cons
  • An SUV from Alfa? Really?
  • Handling is fidgety on motorway
  • Tricky sat nav

  • Specifications
  • Variant: Stelvio 2.2 210 CV AT8 AWD
  • Price: £33,000 (est.)
  • Engine: 2,143cc, 4 cylinders, turbo diesel
  • Power: 207bhp @ 3,750rpm
  • Torque: 347 lb ft @ 1,750rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 6.6sec
  • Top Speed: 134mph
  • Fuel: 59.8mpg
  • co2: 127g/km
  • Road tax band: £160 in first year, £140 thereafter
  • Dimensions: 4,687mm x 1,903mm x 1,671mm
  • Release Date: June 29














I HAVE driven the latest Audi Q5 and can think of absolutely nothing interesting to say about it. It’s a well-made box that costs some money and produces some emissions and, frankly, I’d rather use Uber.
No, really. Who’s going to wake up in the morning, sweating like a dyslexic in a spelling test, because their new Q5 is arriving that day? What child is going to stick a poster of a car such as this on its bedroom wall? Who’s going to think how hard they’ll have to work to pay for the damn thing and reckon it’s worth the sweat? No one is. You buy a car like this in the way you buy washing-up liquid. And who wants to read 1,200 words about a mildly updated bottle of Fairy Liquid?
What I can tell you before I move on is that I hated its engine. Volkswagen’s post-Dieselgate 2-litre turbo is possibly the most boring power unit fitted to any car at any time. It’s about as exciting as the motor in your washing machine. By which I mean, you only really notice it if it goes wrong. Which you hope it will in the Audi, because then you can call an Uber. At least that’ll smell interesting. And come with some unusual opinions.
I’ll be honest with you. I loathe all the current crop of so-called SUVs, except those I dislike intensely. I cannot see the point of driving around in a car that’s slower, more expensive and thirstier than a normal saloon or estate. It just seems idiotic.
But then I had to make a brief trip to Tuscany recently, and once I’d negotiated a path through Alan Yentob and Polly Toynbee and Melvyn Bragg and emerged into Pisa airport’s car park, I found a man offering me the keys to Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio.
Named after a remote Alpine pass in northern Italy, this is a direct rival of the Q5 and all the other mid-range jacked-up estates whose names I can’t be bothered to remember. In short, it’s a Giulia saloon on stilts, and I was determined to hate every bit of it.
The man was very keen to have his photograph taken with me and to say how much he enjoyed a programme called Top Gear, but I wasn’t listening. I was thinking: “What in the name of all that’s holy was Alfa Romeo thinking of?”
If you have a heritage as glamorous and as achingly cool as Alfa’s, why would you want to make a bloody school-run car? That is like Armani deciding to make carrier bags.
Alfa’s engineers are at pains to explain that, while it may look like an SUV, it doesn’t feel like one to drive. They say all the power from the engine is sent to the rear wheels, but then, if traction is lost, up to half the power is sent instantly to the front. They also speak about carbon-fibre prop shafts and much lightweight aluminium in the body, and I stood there thinking: “Yes, but it’s still a bloody carrier bag.”
“You get the impression it was engineered by people who were involved because they wanted to be. Not because they’d done something wrong”
I had much the same sense of teeth-gnashing rage when I first encountered Maserati’s Levante, and that turned out to be just as bad as I’d feared. But as the man brought over more friends for more selfies, I started to gaze more carefully at the Stelvio, and there was no getting round the fact that, actually, it’s quite good-looking.
Eventually, after I’d posed with all the police force, everyone in border security and 3,000 taxi drivers, all of whom loved Top Gear, it was time to step into the Stelvio, and there was also no getting round the fact it was a nice place to sit. Way, way nicer than the Audi.
There’s some genuine sculpture in there. You get the impression in a Q5 that the dash was built with all the care of a kitchen worktop. It’s just a housing for the dials and the switches. Alfa has made its one something worth looking at. I suppose it’s an Italian thing. It’s why Siena is a better place to sit and people-watch than Dortmund.
Setting the sat nav, however, was a challenge. This is because every town in Italy has 5,000 letters in its name, and then, when you finally manage to type it in, the sat nav asks which Santa Lucia del Menolata di Christoponte you would like to set as the destination. And it turns out there are 5,000 towns with that name.
Eventually, though, as Alan and Melvyn and Polly were returning to the airport from their week of brainstorming, I had the right town and fired up the engine. The diesel engine. Oh, dear Lord. A diesel Alfa Romeo SUV.
The funny thing is, though, that because everyone in Italy has a diesel-powered car, it didn’t feel all that weird to be clattering out of the car park. And then it felt fine, because soon I was on the racetrack known as an autostrada, where it felt very powerful. The figures say it’ll go from 0 to 62mph in 6.6 seconds, which is good, but it’s the mid-range surge that impresses most of all. It’s a surge you just don’t get from Audi’s Q5. And it means you can always break free from the walnut-faced peasant who has affixed his aged Fiat Ritmo to your back bumper at 100mph.
And it’s not as if you’re leaving a trail of death in your wake because, despite the power and the torque, this engine is considerably cleaner than the diesel Porsche puts in its Macan. And Alfa says it’ll do almost 60mpg.
So it’s as fast as the badge would suggest, but does it handle as well as Alfa promises? Well, obviously, as it’s more than 7in higher than the saloon and has longer springs, it’s squidgier, which would be fine if Alfa hadn’t given it the same superfast steering setup.
The tiniest movement of the wheel causes a big change of direction, which is great when you are on a track in a low-riding “car”, but when you are on the autostrada, on stilts, with a Ritmo up your chuff and a lorry up front that has suddenly decided to wander into your lane because the driver is watching pornography on his phone rather than the road ahead, it can be a bit alarming.
It takes time to learn to think your way round corners, but when you get there, I must say this is a genuinely exciting car to drive. It doesn’t feel as cumbersome as all the other SUVs, and you get the impression it was engineered by people who were involved because they wanted to be. Not because they’d done something wrong.
And because of that — because it’s a big, practical car with a huge boot and folding seats and lots of cubbyholes that’s also an Alfa Romeo — it’s the only SUV that’s quite tempting. It may even be irresistible when Alfa launches the version with the 500-horsepower petrol engine.
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio first drive review: the SUV we've been waiting for








The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio needed style, personality, and drivability to help the fledgling brand not only survive, but thrive. The only question we had: Could all those things be too much?
Let's ignore that the Stelvio has the body of a crossover SUV—it's not one. It's the same skeleton as the Giulia sedan; check the tale of the tape. Sure, the Stelvio is 8.9 inches tall and has 8.1 inches of ground clearance, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is that the Stelvio is only 2 inches longer despite having the same space between the wheels as the Giulia. That's important.
The similarities with the Giulia makesthe Stelvio very easy to place on the road. It also makes it a relative iron maiden in the back seats—like the Giulia. The Alfa is down over 4 inches on the next closest competitor, and its cargo hold is smaller than the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
But that's where the similarities start. (Inhale) The Stelvio and Giulia share a front and rear suspension arrangement, powertrains, brakes, steering ratios, and a carbon-fiber driveshaft and aluminum body panels that contribute to identical and perfect 50/50-weight distribution, and the dash, steering wheel, seats, and other interior bits are virtually unchanged, too. (Exhale.)
That means the Stelvio is excellent to drive, much like the Giulia. The base Stelvio and Ti use 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engines with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet. These tiny powerplants are more powerful than the base engines its rivals use. And while we continue to salivate over the Quadrifoglio's 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 and its 505 horsepower—coming early next year—it's no reason to ignore the base engine.
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The charming 2.0-liter scoots the Stelvio to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds—faster than the 4-cylinders from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi—and on to a slightly unnecessary top speed of 144 miles per hour.
In real-world conditions, its power is abundant and torque easy to access. There's a real willingness to rev, giving the Stelvio a sporty character under hard acceleration. The twin-scroll turbocharger doesn't hesitate, despite the engine's impressive power figures, and in more relaxed driving the throttle is precise and easy to modulate.
But we want more.
This isn't an iconic Alfa Romeo V-6, but that doesn't mean its singing voice should be so quiet. Alfa Romeo needs to grind up Andrea Bocelli and sprinkle him in the exhaust system. By our eardrums, there's not enough volume or character in the 2.0-liter's sound.




Where the engine is good, the Stelvio's transmission is excellent. Like the Giulia, the Stelvio uses Alfa Romeo's drive mode system—dubbed DNA Drive Mode Selector—to manage the engine, transmission, steering, braking, and stability control systems. Twist the knob near the shift lever to uncover the work focused on the 8-speed autobox alone.
Dynamic is the first stop, where shifts are fastest. Under hard throttle, the shifts feel like a kick in the back. It's delightfully engaging and muscular, particularly around the 4,000 to 5,000-rpm range. On downshifts, the transmission is just as quick, but far smoother, keeping the Stelvio's 4,000-plus pounds settled.
Natural mode—Alfa Romeo's version of normal—settles the transmission and takes on the smooth, fast, and largely invisible performance in the wheelhouse of the ZF's 8-speed box. Quick to engage off the line and perfectly relaxed on upshifts, the transmission is also willing and able to drop a cog without notice. On inclines and based on the driver's behavior, the transmission will also hold a gear without protest, as I found out in the hilly suburban area outside Nashville, Tennessee, where I was testing the newest Alfa.
Any other automaker would name the Stelvio's Advanced Efficiency mode “Eco,” but logic isn't Alfa Romeo's bag. (DNE doesn't have the same ring.) In "Advanced Efficiency," the transmission switches into a more efficient mode to promote improved fuel economy—shifts are just as quick as in Natural, but they happen earlier, in a bid to keep the 2.0-liter from revving too high. Use this mode liberally, and it'll help you hit the Stelvio's EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined rating.
It's very easy to elevate the Stelvio's transmission, provided you select the optional Sport Package. Make that smart investment—$1,800 on the base Stelvio and $2,500 on the Ti—and you'll get some of the best paddle shifters on the market.
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Column-mounted metal paddles stiffer than a neat scotch, the huge paddles are a delight to operate with just the right amount of travel and a solid action. They're so nice, Alfa used them twice: they're found on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Combined with the sharp, fast transmission behavior, I shifted the Stelvio just for the hell of it.
The rest of the driver interfaces are nearly as good. The sport seats are only available on the Ti Sport and account for the $700 upcharge between it and the standard Stelvio Sport. These chairs are supportive, with large side bolsters that hug the driver through even the most aggressive turns. But while the seats have an extendable bottom cushion, the six-way adjustability isn't quite enough to get into the ideal seating position. That said, if you're a fan of dropping the steering wheel in your lap (Eds note: I am) the Stelvio's thin-rimmed, flat-bottomed steering wheel telescopes out well, and has excellent grips.
That gorgeous leather-wrapped steering wheel works for a steering system I have a love-and-mostly-like relationship with. Alfa Romeo attached the same super-fast steering ratio from the Giulia Quadrifoglio—11.8 to 1—to a 4,044-pound crossover SUV. We call it woozy; Alfa engineers may have called it lunch.




The good news is that the Stelvio turns in faster and more aggressively than most sports sedans. It's a telepathic steering system with plenty of feedback and a willingness to progressively build weight as the steering angle increases.
At the same time, that silly-fast steering ratio isn't great for commuting. At freeway speeds, the Stelvio requires near constant, very tiny corrections. While my freeway time was limited to a few 15-mile jaunts up and down Nashville's Interstate 65, the regular adjustments quickly grew tiring, even in Natural or Advanced Efficiency, where the system is in its “comfort” setting. If you're planning on purchasing a Stelvio, make sure your first test drive includes some time on the freeway, because buyer's remorse is a real possibility with this steering rack.
The same is true of the brake pedal. The brake-by-wire pedal has a sensational feel under high- and medium-speed braking, like you'll experience on a fun, winding road. But around town, it's next to impossible to bring the Stelvio to a smooth stop. And that gets more tiring faster than the steering system.
But then, you'll quickly forget about these issues when you toss the Stelvio into a bend. My test car—a Ti Sport—didn't have the active suspension, which arrives later this model year, but it didn't need it. The outright handling limits are remarkably high and approachable for a crossover SUV, thanks to the perfect weight distribution, while the little amounts of roll, squat, and dive there are arrive predictably. But the Stelvio doesn't feel as uncompromising as the Jaguar F-Pace.
Alfa Romeo's decision to only offer up to 20-inch wheels and 45-series tires—while Jag goes with 22s and 40-series rubber—has a huge impact on the ride. Alfa Romeo built a dynamically capable car, sure, but its ride is smooth, quiet, and relaxed in everyday commuting.
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Prices for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio start at $42,990, including a mandatory $995 destination charge. You don't want that one—it's fine, but you want to spend the $2,000 for the Ti trim and its standard heated seats, heated steering wheel, and an 8.8-inch infotainment system. Tack on the $2,500 Sport Package, because it gives you the best paddle shifters in the world, an active limited-slip differential, aggressively bolstered front seats, a sporty steering wheel, and a more aggressive suspension tune. We're not done: You'll then want to downgrade from the Sport's standard 20-inch wheels to the no-cost 19s, because they're made in Alfa Romeo's iconic five-hole design, and that's the only wheel design the company should offer. All done, you're out the door for around $48,000.
The Stelvio is agile and fun, but its brake pedal and steering are so biased towards driving performance, its backseat is so small, and its cargo hold so average that Alfa Romeo should be genuinely concerned about the Stelvio's appeal. We say: New flair, don't care.
Enthusiasts have been begging for crossover SUVs that aren't boring, and Alfa Romeo has delivered without reaching the absurd prices Porsche's Macan demands. The Stelvio is the crossover SUV for customers that don't want a crossover SUV. If you find yourself in that category, get to your local dealer.
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11 things you should know about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio



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Alfa's been slow cooking its entrance back into the United States, and now it's cranked up the heat with the launch of the 2018 Stelvio.


Of course, everyone knows you need an SUV, no matter the segment, because all the cool kids are doing it and Americans demand it. Now, Alfa's joining the club.
In our first drive of the 2018 Stelvio, we noted the passion it brings to the mid-size crossover segment. However, there's much more to the Stelvio than just passion. Here are a handful of things you might find interesting about the new Italian SUV:
Seats
Opt for the Ti Sport package and you'll find aggressively bolstered seats that are extremely supportive. It's like you're receiving a bear hug every time you slide in.
Column-mounted paddle shifters
This is simply the way it should be in every car. No matter the steering angle you'll always know where the paddles are because they never move. They’re huge, made of metal, and are delightful to operate.
The rear exhausts
Sure, those chrome exhaust finishers aren't the actual tailpipes, but they are huge and really tie the lower rear end together.
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Wheel-mounted start button
Like the column-mounted paddles, this is the way it should be. Using it feels remarkably natural, and it's satisfying. Not only that, it just looks cool. It's the kind of stuff you typically find in supercars and hypercars, not SUVs.
Driving position
As far as actually being in the driver's seat and driving, the Stelvio offers a virtually perfect position. You might not think this is a thing, but it is. From good visibility to terrific support in all the right places, it's a feat not all vehicles can achieve.
Handling
Flat out the Stelvio is possibly the most agile SUV on the market. It's able to hold its own with the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan on the twisties, and it puts BMW's latest efforts with the X3 to shame.
Transmission
We've been a fan of ZF’s 8-speed automatic transmission, and in the Stelvio it shifts fast and hard in Dynamic mode, giving the vehicle an acceleration character that feels far more sporting than the average SUV. In normal mode it behaves without fuss with smooth shifts.
Engine
With a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the Stevlio certainly isn't lacking power. Fact is, it's actually the most powerful base engine in its class. As base engines go, this smooth, punchy four-banger is stellar.
Price
Priced in the low $40,000-bracket, the Stelvio feels like a steal, with plenty of standard equipment ranging from real leather to remote start and a carbon fiber driveshaft. We recommend the Ti Sport which starts close to $46,000.
Standard all-wheel drive
Free peace of mind for northern drivers no matter the Stelvio you choose. While some competitors make you pay extra for all-wheel drive, it's non-negotiable with the Stelvio.
DNA drive mode selector
Most vehicles offer some sort of powertrain mode selector at this point, but the Stelvio's does something notable: It stays in the same mode even after you turn the car off. This might seem like a small thing, but if you have a preference, changing into a particular driving mode each and every time you start the car can simply become an annoyance.
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