2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Powered-Up All-New SUV On Show In Los Angeles
Power and performance is the promise from Alfa Romeo, as the Italian carmaker prepares to enter the SUV frame for the first time in the company’s history.
Alfa has chosen the LA Auto Show to debut its new model, called the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the powered-up, range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio (QV) is the first variant on display.
True off-road ability may be lacking, but Alfa fans are probably more interested in the Stelvio QV’s 0-100km/h time (around four seconds) and its 375kW/600Nm 2.9 litre twin-turbo petrol-powered V6.
The twin-turbo V6 features cylinder-deactivation for improved efficiency, with the engine able to operate on just three cylinders when piles of power are not required.
Of course the QV will be beyond the reach of many Stelvio buyers price-wise, but a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine set for lower-spec models still makes a respectable 206kW/415Nm.
Expect diesel engines to also feature in the options list for European customers, but details are unclear at this stage. Both petrol engines are matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Reports suggest all Stelvios will be equipped with all-wheel-drive regardless of the variant, but power (all of it – 100 percent) will be channelled to the rear wheels most of the time.
Beyond the powerplants, Alfa says the Stelvio can match it with ‘proper’ sports cars for handling, with carefully-measured weight distribution and power-to-weight ratios.
Aluminium components including doors, brake parts, suspension and guards help to keep the kilos down, while suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres are all weighted towards performance. Wheels are available in sizes ranging from 18- to 21-inch with seven styles to choose from.
Buyers also have a list of 13 paint finishes, and other options include Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, limited-slip differential and lightweight racing seats.
Inside, depending on the model, the Stelvio gets a seven-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster, power-adjustable front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fibre trim, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation along with a reversing camera and push-button start.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is confirmed for Australia, with the new SUV scheduled to arrive in 2018. Pricing and local specifications are yet to be determined.
When it arrives, the Stelvio will tackle the likes of BMW’s X3, Audi’s Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.