Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV headed for Los Angeles Auto Show Debut
Italian Crossover Will Rival BMW X3/X4
Alfa Romeo will reveal the Stelvio crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in advance of its on-sale date early next year. Slated to bow next week in LA, the Stelvio will be Alfa’s first-ever SUV model, borrowing a lot of mechanical underpinnings from the Giulia sport sedan. Named for the Stelvio Pass, one of the world’s twistiest and most entertaining driving roads, expect the Stelvio to prioritize high performance and aggressive styling.
With a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0L I-4 from the base Giulia sedan, the Selvio should produce 276 hp and 295 lb-ft. Routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine should provide nippy performance, particularly when paired with Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. Although Q4 will be optional, we anticipate most Stelvios will be equipped with the torque-vectoring system that can send up to 60 percent of engine power to the front wheels. As with the Giulia, rear-drive will be standard.
A wider performance envelope will be the domain of the anticipated Stelvio Quadrifoglio. As on the Giulia Quadrifoglio (Italian for four-leaf clover), we expect the lucky Stelvio to make more than 500 hp courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 2.9L V-6. That output would overshadow the performance of the hottest Porsche Macan, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC crossovers, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the Stelvio QF could give even larger performance SUVs a run for their money. While the Giulia Quadrifoglio is only available with rear-drive, the Stelvio would likely get Q4 all-wheel drive as standard.
We’ll know more about the Stelvio once Alfa Romeo gives it the red-carpet treatment at next week’s 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.