Alfa Romeo has recently debuted their first ever SUV, the Stelvio, which is said to have formed a part of an entire fleet overhaul, set to be completed by 2020. That said, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will soon appear in UK showrooms with a high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) version joining the range in 2018. Being the first car in the category to come from the brand, the so-called Italian sleeping giant car manufacturer is set to make the Stelvio as the company's flagship, as they launch it into the premium mid-sized SUV category, gunning for mainstream success.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio
According to reports revealed by the Daily Express, Stelvio is a brand-new car that inspired by the current Alfa Giulia, which has allegedly been released last year, sharing its muscular disposition, front grille, bumper design and headlights. The company's executives say that the new SUV is an ultimately inflated version of the Giulia which will offer an increased level of practicality and better fuel economy. It was found that in terms of its physical looks, Stelvio can also be compared to the Jaguar F-Pace, which is another sporty looking SUV that reportedly shares a similar price tag of around £35,000.
Furthermore, as per Car Buyer, early production of Alfa Romeo's first SUV is expectedly going to take sales from the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC, and BMW X3 SUVs. In addition, car enthusiasts have anticipated that the launching of Stelvio will also attract buyers away from high-specification cars by volume brands, such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Qashqai. In terms of speed, experts say that this might be Stelio's trump card over its competitors, which has been made possible by its 510 hp 2.9litre V6 BiTurbo petrol engine.
Engine And Design
As mentioned above, Stelvio's BiTurbo petrol engine are also being paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive and torque vectoring, which will significantly boost the handling and performance credentials of the SUV. Meanwhile, Stelvio shares many of the design themes seen on the Giulia saloon as it also features similarly slender headlamps and a dramatic triangular grille, which, in turn, lends the nose of the car an aggressive air. Ultimately, the company said that generally speaking, Stelvio will share most of the same interior as the Giulia which will be on sale in early 2018 for a price of around £33,000.