First Look: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Takes On F-Pace, Macan
Top Model Will Have 505 hp, 0-60 In Under 4 Seconds
Alfa Romeo’s long-promised return to the U.S. market has been delayed several times, with many cynics wondering if the brand would ever make a full-fledged return. Well, after the introduction of the well-received 4C Coupe and convertible, then the Giulia performance sedan, comes the Stelvio performance crossover. And by “performance” were not just tossing in the buzzword lightly. The top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio packs the same 505hp 2.9L twin-turbocharged V-6 as the Gilulia Quadrifoglio, with a promised 0-60 time of just 3.9 seconds. Lower-level models will be powered by a 2.0L I-4 turbo making 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are available on the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models and standard on the Quadrifoglio. It’s clear from the new crossover’s styling and specs that it has the Porsche Macan and new Jaguar F-Pace squarely in its sights.
A 6.5-inch infotainment display is standard, with an 8.8-inch display optional. A handwritten gesture recognition system will be offered at a later date. All Stelvio models will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. All Stelvio models will be equipped with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system with Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA tuning. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s available active systems including stability control, torque vectoring, and active suspension (if equipped) using predictive dynamic models to deliver balanced, natural driving, optimizing performance. Also new is the Integrated Braking System (IBS) that replaces a traditional electronic stability control system with an electromechanical system providing faster response in pressure that works in conjunction with the Alfa DNA system.
The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models offer Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency modes in the Alfa DNA drive mode selectors. The Quadrifoglio model adds “Race” mode with activates the engine overboost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust, turns stability control off, sharpens braking and steering feel, and utilizes more aggressive throttle and transmission calibrations. Active Suspension is available on the Ti model and standard on the Quadrifoglio.
Wheel and tire packages from 18 to 21 inches will be offered in seven styles and a choice of 13 exterior colors. Forward collision warning with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning are among the available safety features. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date later in 2017. All Stelvios will be sourced from Frosinone, Italy, southeast of Rome.
Source: Alfa Romeo