Based around the Alfa Romeo Guilia which is one of the best cars the brand has ever produced, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Alfa’s first ever SUV – and with SUV’s becoming one of the most popular choices of car in recent years, Alfa’s version will need to be good. Quite simply, the Stelvio needs to be great, particularly with over €1bn being spent on the development of the Giorgio platform that provides the basis of Stelvio. The Alfa brand is known to be one that is meant to produce reliable vehicles, and more often than not they have failed to meet this criteria, aside from the renowned Alfa Romeo Guilia. Finding reliable and affordable second hand Alfa Romeo cars has never been easier, and the Stelvio may be one of the best to get your hands on. Here, we’re taking a look at everything that you need to know about the brand new Alfa Romeo Stelvio!
In the UK, buyers will have a choice between two petrol engines and one diesel engine, although if the vehicle becomes a success, Alfa may choose to increase the offering to three diesels, with a 2.2-litre unit in the works, available with 148bhp or 178bhp. Nevertheless, it isn’t certain whether the two additional diesel engines will be available in the UK. The petrol range will consist of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, and also a 2.9-litre V6, which was initially developed by Ferrari. The 2.0 litre engine alone will feature 276bhp and will propel the Stelvio from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. On the other hand, Alfa Romeo have already stated that the V6 will be the fastest SUV to race around Nurburgring.
The diesel is certain to come to the UK, and will feature the same 2.2 litre turbo engine that can be found inside the spectacular Guilia. Because of the fact it is featured in the popular car, it is highly likely that this will attract the most interest out of all of the engines to be featured in the Stelvio.
The design will be standard of the Alfa Romeo fleet, and will be heavily inspired once again by the Giulia Quadrifoglio, with key features including narrow LED headlamps, the trademark grille and more. The upper range Stelvio will be far more extrovert in styling when compared to the standard Stelvio.
The cabin of the Stelvio is very driver-focussed, and will use a combination of wood and fabric (although the top range Stelvio Quadrifoglio will also feature carbon-fibre finishes). The car will also feature an infotainment system which will be in the centre of the dash, at 8.8 inches in size, and this will be controlled by a console on the steering wheel and come as standard. The rest of the cabin design will be carried over and be very similar to the Giulia.
We cannot emphasise enough how similar the Stelvio will be to the Guilia, and will feature the same chassis with double wishbone front suspension and link setup at the back. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (in particular on the 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6). The V6 Stelvio will also feature carbon ceramic brakes in order to ensure that all of the power is perfectly able to be handled. The upper range Stelvio Quadrifoglio also features a four-wheel drive system, and the torque vectoring technology will be fitted to the car too in order to ensure the torque split between the front and rear axles are handled well. The torque vectoring technology is the first to be used on any Alfa Romeo which is an exciting addition.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is set to be a very special car, and it’ll be no surprise to see it become the best-seller that Alfa Romeo have been looking for, for a number of years.