Reid Bigland, the global head of Alfa Romeo, told Autocar UK that the Stelvio will stand above its German competitors because of how it drives.
“The reason people will buy our midsized SUV is because they will get blown away by the driving dynamics,” he said. “Every car Alfa makes must stand apart for that reason. This car will not disappoint.”
The Stelvio will come with two available engines. The base model and midtrim Ti is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with direct injection making 280 hp and 306 pounds-feet of torque. The top-end Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that generates 505 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque -- good for a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, according to press materials obtained by Automotive News Europe sister publication Automotive News. The V-6 also features cylinder deactivation, allowing it to conserve fuel by shutting off half of its cylinders when not under load.
The all-wheel-drive crossover features a torque vectoring differential to improve traction and stability, while its standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system allows transfer of up to 60 percent of torque to the front axle.
Inside the cabin, the Stelvio shares a number of features with the Giulia, including its climate controls, flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible infotainment system.
They also share Alfa’s “DNA” selector knob, allowing the driver to change driving dynamics, including Race modes for the Quadrifoglio models. A second rotary dial in the center console controls the infotainment system.
When it enters production next year, the Stelvio will be available in 13 exterior colors with a sizable number of interior trim and color choices. Pricing was not announced.