The spicy Quadrifoglio is at the top of Stelvio's food chain, but what about the more affordable trims? Here's a potential look.
After years of waiting, Alfa Romeo finally has an SUV to call its own. Named after a beautiful mountain pass in northern Italy, the Stelvio is one of the main stars at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. Much like it did with the Giulia’s premiere, the FCA-owned marque is only presenting the flagship Quadrifoglio version with its Ferrari-derived engine pushing out 505 horsepower from a biturbo 2.9-litre V6. That’s why we have decided to share a speculative render of a lesser Stelvio without the Q’s sporty body.
As expected, it looks less exciting than the range topper and can be best described as a Giulia hatchback on stilts. Official images of cheaper Stelvio versions should be published in the coming weeks and we won’t be too surprised if the real deal will look a lot like this.
It’s important to mention that Alfa Romeo has already announced a turbocharged 2.0-litre gasoline engine with 280 horsepower on tap is going to be offered and it will be hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It pretty much means there’s going to be a warm all-wheel-drive-only Stelvio Veloce version taking into account Alfa is selling a Giulia Veloce with the exact same engine, gearbox, and the AWD setup with the proprietary Q4 system.
As a matter of fact, chances are the entire engine lineup is going to be carried over, but it will be interesting to find out whether the aforementioned Stelvio Veloce will also be offered with a 210-hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel as seen in the sedan.
Alfa’s belated entry into the SUV segment wants to be the fastest model of its kind on the Nürburgring, with the company saying the top-spec Quadrifoglio has completed a lap of the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 59 seconds.
There’s a lot riding on the success of the Giulia and Stelvio, so hopefully the two will be a success for the legendary Italian marque founded 106 years ago as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili.