Alfa Romeo to Debut 2018 Stelvio at New York International Auto Show
Brand’s First SUV in Decades to Make Full-Lineup Debut in Big Apple
Alfa Romeo will reveal the full lineup of the 2018 Stelvio SUV at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. First seen only in range-topping Quadrifoglio trim at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Stelvio is the brand’s first SUV since the Matta military off-roader of the 1950s.
The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti will form the base of the nameplate’s lineup in the U.S. Sharing a platform and many of their dirty bits with the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti both come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L I-4 that produces 280 hp and 306 lb-ft. Standard direct injection, “Q4” all-wheel drive, and a class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft help improve performance. Expect the sprint to 60 mph to take about 5.5 seconds.
Smaller than the similarly styled Maserati Levante, the Stelvio also sheds some weight compared to the Trident SUV. With a base curb weight of about 3,600 pounds, the Stelvio also undercuts its Porsche Macan competition by around 300 and the recently revealed Mercedes-AMG GLC63 by 500. That should give it some impressive handling verve, which you’d expect of an SUV named for the famously twisty Stelvio Pass in northern Italy.
Separating the Ti from the base Stelvio are added features, like larger 19-inch wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, genuine wood trim, and a larger infotainment display. Both Stelvio and Ti will be available with the Sport Package, which bundles bigger wheels (19 inches for the Stelvio and 20 inches for the Ti) and contrast-painted brake calipers with front sport seats, column-mounted paddle shifters, and black exterior trim.
The Stelvio Ti will also be available with the Lusso Package, which gets Italian “Pieno Fiore” leather seats with humorously named “Cannelloni” inserts. Leather upholstery on the dash and upper door panels, 12-way power front seats, exclusive wood trim options, upgraded leather on the steering wheel, and other goodies will also come with the Lusso Package.
Sitting above the base and Ti models will be the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. This high-performance SUV swaps in a twin-turbocharged, intercooled 2.9L V-6, providing 505 hp, 443 lb-ft, and a 0-60 time of less than 4 seconds. Expanding its performance envelope are adaptive dampers and a torque-vectoring differential, plus cylinder deactivation for improved fuel efficiency. The Quad also gets decidedly more aggressive exterior and interior styling, with Alcantara-trimmed carbon fiber racing seats, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and huge Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
Shared across the Stelvio lineup is an eight-speed automatic transmission, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with integrated start button, and Alfa Romeo’s drive-mode system, called DNA. (The Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets DNA Pro, which includes a Race setting.) We’re still waiting to see images of the U.S.-spec Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, but the European-market SUV is gorgeous in every trim level.
Pricing will be a bit of a question mark until the Stelvio gets closer to its on-sale date in late summer. We expect the Stelvio to demand about five grand more than its Giulia counterpart, so plan on spending around $45,000 for a base SUV and $48,000 for a Ti. The Quadrifoglio should demand close to $80,000.
Source: Alfa Romeo