Alfa Romeo has finally revealed its Giulia inspired SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In Quadrifoglio guise, take a look at the brand spanking Alfa Romeo Stelvio – the brand’s first ever SUV.
In what Alfa hope will become the benchmark in the segment, the new Stelvio model looks to encapsulate the authentic Alfa Romeo spirit with a perfect blend of heritage, speed and beauty. Distinctly Italian in styling, the Stelvio boats state-of-the-art engineering and impeccable weight distribution.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is so named after the highest mountain pass in Italy (and the second highest in Europe). The 20km road that crosses it boasts over 75 bends, breath-taking views and a steep rises all the way up to 2,758 metres above sea level, making it regularly cited as one of the best drives on the continent.
Inspired by the route, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is more like a sports saloon than a traditional SUV. Its sleek Italian form, particularly at the front end, embodies a strong hint of power and aggression. This is mainly thanks to the sexy air vents for the intercoolers and the classic apertures around the shield-shaped grille.
Inside, we’re told everything is ‘totally driver-centric’. The controls are all grouped on the small, direct steering wheel – which designed to suit all driving styles – but Alfa thankfully haven’t lost any of their finesse with the undulating dash made from a mixture of carbon fibre, wood and fabrics.
But how does it perform? Well, on paper… well! The Stelvio packs a 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine with 8-speed automatic transmission. Drawing inspiration from Ferrari’s technical know-how, the 6-cylinder BiTurbo petrol engine is made entirely from aluminium in order to lower the weight ratio, especially over the front axle.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is set to go on sale at some point next year with a UK starting price of around £35,000. Head over to the Alfa Romeo Website for more details.