SUV’s! SUV’s everywhere! That’s one way to describe today’s automotive industry. Sure, this segment is popular more and more, but we didn’t think that carmaker that is famous for beautiful design and excellent powertrains will set foot into this vast segment. But it will. Italian carmaker will build SUV to take head on German rivals such as Audi Q5 and BMW X3. If you remember Alfa Romeo made an SUV concept back in 2003 known as Kamal, but nothing more than that was done. And now it’s certain, it’s coming as 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. What can go wrong? Well, there are a certain amount of things but later on that.
Update – 11/28/2016 – 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio officially revelaed, more info after original post
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Design
When it comes to design, is it necessary to even question the Italians? Kamal is now outdated to be used in any way for new SUV, for design or anything else. But even without official photos of Stelvio, it was captured a decent amount of times with different set of camouflage. And the first thing visible even if its covered is Alfa Romeo design language. Grille is like we saw on Giulia. Headlights also resemble the ones on Giulia. And that’s about it.
The guys that were wrapping Stelvio in camo did an amazing job. They tucked it so well, that there isn’t much to see. But the lines of the body tells us that sloping roofline will certainly give it a sporty appearance. Also, there’s a beltline that goes from one end across the wheel arches to the other to give this SUV muscular look. All in all, design pretty much won’t be an issue. Render photo from TopSpeed should closely give you the clue of the design.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Interior
Interior is even harder to talk about, but there is one photo that says something. And that is that interior will be carried over from Giulia. The A/C vents in the center stack, steering wheel and the center console are same. Behind the steering wheel, there are also paddle shifters. So not much can be said with one photo, but when you have in mind rivals of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you can expect many premium features. In other words, that is leather upholstery, dashboard and door panels will have soft-touch materials and aluminum details. There will certainly be a number of trim levels so you can also expect the use of carbon-fiber.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Engines
To attract buyers to even consider the purchase of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Italians will probably offer a range of powertrains. So the topic is diesel and gasoline engines. As for the gasoline-powered ones, Stelvio might get 2.0-liter supercharged, 4-cylinder engine. It produces 197 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. This one comes as RWD and eight-speed automatic transmission. As for the diesel, there is another 4-cylinder, but the 2.2-liter engine. This one comes with two configurations. One produces 148 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The output of other, more powerful, is 177 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque.
That’s not all, there is a possibility of mounting the engine from Giulia Quadrifoglio. If that would be the case, on higher trim levels of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio a 2.9-liter Bi-turbo V6. This engine produces 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. On Quadrifoglio 0 to 60 mph time with this engine amounts just 3.8 seconds.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Price
Price is another mystery, but to steal customers from well established Audi and BMW, price range should remain there. Considering that price for Audi Q5 and BMW X3 is around $40.000 mark, 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio base price shouldn’t go over $42.000. release date should be around in early 2017, and more info will be available by then. Nevertheless, the thing is will audience go for SUV with Alfa Romeo badge.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Officially Revealed
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is finally revealed. We covered the basics what could we expect from this Italian SUV. So, we won’t talk about design, pictures speak for themselves. But we must say that new SUV will come with 13 exterior colors available. There are also seven choices of wheel-sizes, standard are 18-inch aluminum and they can go to 21-inch wheels.
Info about interior was scares based on one spy photo. There were things we saw, but also things we expected have found its place in 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Main item that draws attention is 7-inch TFT screen in the middle of the dashboard. Also there are plenty of standard features on this SUV, and just some of them are push-button start, rear view camera with parking sensors and power hatch. Harman/Kardon supplies an optional 900-watt sound system with 14 speakers.
This SUV will come in three trim levels, Stelvio, Stelvio Ti, and Quadrifoglio. For U.S. market Stelvio will for the first two trim come with same engine. It is 2.0-liter turbo with 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. The difference between first two trims is for Ti buyers will have 19-inch wheels, wood interior trim, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – Specs
The top of these three is of course Quadrifoglio. As we expected it comes with a mentioned 505 horse-powered V6. Although 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has much more aluminum use than Giulia, this SUV is not surprisingly heavier. But then again, this SUV has with a V6 has excellent 0 to 60 time. It is 3.9 seconds, just 0.1 second slower than Giulia Quadrifoglio. On the inside it comes with leather wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim and 12-way adjustable power seats. With optional packages you can take Quadrifoglio even further with lightweight carbon-fiber Sparco seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
Of course, exact price at this moment is still not available.