Alfa Romeo has confirmed that its first sports SUV – the 503bhp, bi-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine Stelvio Quadrifoglio, will go on sale in the summer of 2018, 18 months after it was first shown to the public in 2016 Los Angeles motor show.
No prices or spec details have been revealed, ahead of the UK launch, but it is expected to cost more than £65,000. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is around £23 000 more expensive than the hot Veloce model, therefore, it is expected that such price differentials will sit between the standard of the Stelvio and the hot Quadrifoglio model.
The standard Stelvio – the first mainstream Alfa Romeo SUV – is for the price of £33,990 in the entry-level trim; £740 less than the equivalent of the Jaguar F-Pace.
There are just two engines on sale initially: a 2.2-litre diesel with either 178bhp or 207bhp, with the latter available exclusively in all-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive 2.0-litre petrol 197bhp or 276bhp. The entry-level engine is the 178bhp diesel rear-wheel drive.
As Giulia sedan, the Stelvio line-up is divided into four trim levels, separated from the more powerful Quadrifoglio: standard Stelvio, Super, Special and Milano Edizione. The entry-level car gets 17in alloys, adaptive cruise control, a 8.8 in the infotainment system, automatic lights and wipers, and two rear USB ports, in addition to the safety tech such as automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist. To the side of the sub-dimension of the F-Pace, it also limits the Mercedes-Benz GLC by £2435 and the Audi Q5 by £4045, it is one of the least expensive premium small Suv in the segment.
The trim of the cooking Stelvio range is the 276bhp petrol engine Milano Edizione. To £45,390, it adds power-adjustable leather sport seats, reversing camera, 20in alloys and keyless entry the Special trim, and an upgraded speaker system with 10 speakers and a subwoofer. This version hits 62mph from zero in 5.7 s – 0.3 s; the rhythm of the heat, but not the range topping Audi SQ5.
L’ Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio was the first iteration of the first modern Alfa Romeo SUV to be revealed, having been shown in a promotional video released by Alfa Romeo after the motor show.
Alfa’s sporty version of its first SUV can be seen from the crossing of the Stelvio pass, the famous route of mountain after which it is named.
The Stelvio has been unveiled for the first time at the motor show hot Quadrifoglio shape as seen in the video, but it will be more likely to come to Britain as a diesel first.
Speaking of the Bus at the exhibition, chief executive Reid Bigland said he expects the first right-hand drive Stelvios to the use of diesel engines and reach showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
Following this, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio arrive with an all-aluminum, twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, shared with the Giulia Quadrifoglio and, therefore, the output of 503bhp and 443lb ft.
Unlike the Giulia, however, the hot of the Stelvio will be offered with four-wheel drive, with the Alfa Romeo Q4 system, which sends 100% of torque to the rear in normal conditions, but can divide between the front and rear up to 50/50 coupled with torque vectoring for the first time. The use of two clutches in the rear differential allows for torque vectoring between the rear wheels.
Bigland confirmed that the Stelvio will also be a rear-driven, low-power form. He said that the car is light for its class at that covered and suggested that new 207bhp diesel engine, first used in the Giulia Veloce, would be the engine featured in this Stelvio variant.
Bigland explained that the Stelvio stands out in its segment congested because of its handling. “The reason people will buy our mid-size SUV is because they will be blown away by the driving dynamics,” he said. “Each car in the Alfa, it needs to stand out for this reason, and this car will not disappoint you.” Bigland, has predicted that the car will lap the Nürburgring in under eight minutes; a Porsche Panamera Turbo has been saved, lapping the track in 7m 56sec.
“The Stelvio is specially designed to challenge two-door cars on the track without compromising the SUV side of his character,” said Bigland. “We have bet on Ferrari to help provide class-leading power and It will also come with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel drive system.
“The Quadrifoglio comes with a Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre V6 producing 503bhp coupled to an eight-speed automatic and a system of torque vectoring to make it to the back of the wheel biased to make her feel like a two-door coupe would be. We just don’t have the leverage Ferrari engineers for the performance we need to operate as an Alfa Romeo, and the Quadrifoglio will be the SUV faster on the Nürburgring. While the Stelvio seems to go against our 105-year history, a minute behind the wheel and around a corner will show that it is not different.”
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which has been tuned to change gears in 150 milliseconds in Race mode. The driver can also change gears using steering column-mounted aluminium paddle wheels. There are Four selectable driving modes: Dynamic, Natural, running cost, user-friendly of the Advanced Efficiency and the performance-oriented Race.
The SUV receives carbon-ceramic brakes Alfa Romeo Integrated with the Braking System, the brand claims reduces the braking distance by combining a stability control system with the car brake servo. The suspension consists of double wishbones at the front with a four-and-a-half-link in the rear. Adjustable shock absorbers.
Bigland, has predicted that the Stelvio will become Alfa’s best-selling model, surpassing the Giulia sedan. Elsewhere in the Stelvio range, there will be a 2.0 liter petrol engine with 276bhp and 295lb ft. Although performance specifications have not been disclosed to the Stelvio Quadrofoglio, Bigland confirmed the existence of this engine would be capable of taking the SUV from 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds. This confirmation suggests that the Stelvio will receive a warm welcome performance Veloce variant to sit below the Quadrifoglio in the range, because this engine is also used in the Giulia Veloce.
In the united states, the car will get a Ti spec, which gets 19in alloys and 8.8 in the infotainment screen rather than the standard of 6.5 in the unit. There is also the wood trim in the interior, Sports and Lusso packs are available. The entire range in the united states, at least – the Q4 four-wheel drive series, although Alfa Romeo has not yet confirmed if this will be the case in Europe.
The Stelvio has been developed in the Alfa Romeo Modena, facilities engineering and will be built in Italy alongside the Giulia in the Cassino plant, which has recently received an investment of Alfa Romeo.
It is one of the smallest of the small premium Suv on the market, 4686mm long, 1677mm high (including the antenna) and 1903mm wide (2163mm including the mirrors). By comparison, the Porsche Macan Turbo is only marginally more than, the squats, and, more generally, the 4699mm long, 1624mm high and 1923mm wide.
Alfa Romeo claims that a perfect distribution of the weight has been achieved in part through the use of carbon fiber on the transmission shaft and the same material on the entire body and many mechanical components. It takes the hot model 3.8 sec to reach 62mph faster than any other competitor currently on the market.
The Quadrifoglio model is marked by the body, including upgrades carbon detailed side skirts, bumpers more aggressive and wider wheel arches. A rear spoiler sits atop the trunk lid, Alfa claims is aerodynamically beneficial, rather than simply aesthetic. There is also a set of intercooler vents to the front that are specific to the Quadrifoglio model.
The Stelvio is expected to reach the dealerships during the summer of 2017. The 276bhp engine Stelvio will be on sale the first; the opposite of the approach taken with the Giulia.
The Stelvio may be joined by two more Suvs in the near future, a smaller and a greater, as well as an estate version of the Giulia and a BMW 5 Series rival, in the framework pf the nine-car model offensive by 2021. The Stelvio is the first SUV Alfa Romeo has ever made, but its importance is recognized by the former boss Harald Wester, who said: “You can stay pure and ignore the crossover trend, but if you do, you can expect to die a good death.”