To instantly tackle the elephant in the room, Alfa Romeo has announced it’s new (and first) SUV extremely late in the land of SUV’s (the only one missing an SUV being Rolls Royce…) Why is that?
With the Macan’s, Cayenne’s and Levante’s selling like crazy for brands with a more sporty feel and herritage to it, Alfa Romeo should actually just fit in perfectly, right? But It’s also no secret that the past few years haven’t been really good for Alfa Romeo, so let’s just say – that’s – the reason for the late to the party Stelvio SUV… Deal?
When we take a closer look to Alfa Romeo’s past few years, you can say this Stelvio is part three of the Alfa Romeo reboot that began a few years ago with the incredible 4C sports car and was followed with the Giulia sports sedan. Alfa says it’s the fastest SUV in its class, with an estimated 0–100kmh time of 3.9 seconds in the top-level Quadrifoglio trim. The company went so far as to claim that it will be the fastest SUV ever to traverse Germany’s famed Nürburgring — it’s the fastest in company simulations, but it apparently hasn’t yet made the journey to Nürburg for an on-track record attempt….
The Quadrifoglio Stelvio (which is named after Stelvio pass in Italy) sports a 510-horsepower Ferrari-inspired 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, with sister-company Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive system distributing the power to all four wheels. The base-level 280 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder unit should give plenty of pep, though, and is aimed right at the Porsche’s new entry-level Macan.
Aside from the QV’s V6 and a 276hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, the rest of the Stelvio engine lineup is yet to be confirmed. However, we expect the same petrol and diesel units used in across the Giulia range to feature. Order books are likely to open in the middle of 2017.
Source: ALFA ROMEO