By on November 16, 2016

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Automakers have an easy way of determining which new model is guaranteed to make the company money. If the answer to the simple question “Is it an SUV?” is a clear, definite “yes,” well, that’s a good enough indicator for most.

Alfa Romeo knows that in this day and age, not including an SUV in its lineup would be the kiss of death, hence the need for the 2018 Stelvio. Revealed in images on the eve of its Los Angeles Auto Show debut, the Stelvio borrows the face, platform and performance characteristics of its midsize sedan stablemate, the oft-delayed Giulia.

Sporting Italian lines that make vehicles built north of the Alps look frumpy and bureaucratic in comparison, Alfa Romeo also hopes the Stelvio temps buyers with what’s underneath its dress.

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Expect several Stelvio flavors when the model appears on U.S. shores in the middle of next year. At the low end, base and Ti trims receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an all-wheel-drive system, the entry-level mill should be good for a 144 mile-per-hour top speed. The only transmission offered is an eight-speed automatic.

All but the top-flight Quadrifoglio model contain a drive mode system offering three ranges – Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency. Move up to the Quadrifoglio if you can’t live without a “Race” mode.

Buyers of the crème de la crème Stelvio stand to enjoy more than just an extra driving mode and upgraded content. Like the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the SUV’s top-tier trim also benefits from a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6, good for 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Alfa claims the boosted mill should rocket the Stelvio to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. (There’s also a 177 mph top speed for the daring and brave to discover.)

Helping the Quadrifoglio remain planted during spirited are an adaptive suspension, torque-vectoring differential and wide rubber on 20-inch wheels. Ceramic brakes aid the less-exhilarating act of stopping, while the V6 can run on three cylinders  if your right foot proves light enough on the highway.

Pricing has yet to be announced.

[Images: Alfa Romeo]

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36 Comments on “2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio – Must-have Segment Gets an Italian Twist...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    So this exists or its more vaporware?

    • 0 avatar
      lzaffuto

      The bullshots above look like total CG, but it is just a Giulia hatchback so it shouldn’t be too hard for them to make it quickly.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      The Giulia isn’t vaporware in Europe, it’s selling well.
      The reason why the Giulia took so long is that they re-designed it to share more platform components with the Stelvio.

      Presumably that’s all been worked-out and both products will make it to US dealers soon.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        on what planet is 800-1,000 cars a month “selling well?”

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Planet Fiapologetica.

        • 0 avatar
          moff90

          September midsize premium sedan sales in Continental Europe with % change
          Mercedes C class 4,300 -16%
          BMW 3 series 3,033 +11%
          Audi A4 2,091 +55%
          Alfa Romeo Giulia 1,718 New
          Jaguar XE 845 -26%
          Volvo S60 503 -19%
          Lexus IS 340 +28%
          Infiniti Q50 209 +32%

          Not bad considering it’s a new car, and not available as a wagon, unlike the german big three’s offerings.

          “Wagons account for 42 percent of sales of premium midsize cars in Europe, compared with 33 percent for sedans.”

          http://europe.autonews.com/article/20161026/ANE/161029902/alfa-will-add-a-giulia-wagon-to-boost-european-sales

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Thx for the info.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          That’s not the reason cited by the media for the delay of the Giulia.

          http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160205/ANE/160209894/former-ferrari-chief-engineer-returns-to-fiat-chrysler

          “The launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia is months behind schedule. Supplier sources have told Automotive News Europe the Giulia failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests, which has resulted in an extensive re-engineering that has added about six months to the midsize sedan’s development time.”

          • 0 avatar
            moff90

            Only six months to go from “failed to pass internal front, side and rear crash tests” to “the highest score ever achieved by any car, even with the introduction of a more stringent rating system in 2015” ? That’s quite an achievement.

            http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/alfa-romeo-world/passion/alfa-news/2016/alfa_romeo_giulia_earns_five-star_euro_ncap_rating

            http://www.euroncap.com/en/results/alfa-romeo/giulia/24849

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            The achievement is not at debate here. What is, is the reasoning for the delay.

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            Just because the delay was only 6 months doesn’t mean they only spent 6 months working on and solving the problem.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            I got my info from a youtube interview with an Alfa rep at the last Geneva auto show.
            When they were designing the Stelvio they figured out that they could share a lot more of the stampings (subframes, that sort of stuff) with the Gulia by making a few changes to the later. The Gulia wasn’t in production, so it was delayed by a few months so the tooling could be readied.
            The savings over the production life of the Gulia make it worthwhile.

  • avatar
    Rday

    I don’t care how much lipstick they put on an italian pig, they still are major problems in reliability and longevity. I think these alfa’s are going to be real dogs just like the fiats that have come before them. Sergio whateverhisnameis lives in a dream world when it comes to marketing italian cars. Bought one of the ‘vans’ and it is in the shop for ‘mysterious electrical problems’. I told my fiancee if i ever buy another FCA product, I need to be committed. There products consistently rank at the bottom of CR auto studies. Nuff Said

    • 0 avatar
      jmo

      “they still are major problems in reliability and longevity”

      So lease it an enjoy an awesome car. Or, buy a RAV4. Each vehicle has many pluses and minuses.

    • 0 avatar
      StuckInWI

      You just need to adjust your expectations of reliability and longevity for FCA products. If you get 30K miles and aren’t left stranded on the side of the road, it was reliable and long-lasting!

      We got 37K miles out of our T&C before a $2500 repair was covered under “goodwill” (they put a computer in the wheel well). That week it was traded in for a Toyota.

      I got suckered in on another FCA product when they offered me a new $26K 200 for $17K. Did it. A year and 27K miles later, the transmission shifts abruptly going into reverse, and the engine noises are noticeably louder (allegedly direct ignition noises, but I don’t believe it).

      They can’t buy my business any more. If I buy another FCA product, I too will need to be committed.

  • avatar
    gasser

    Haven’t these bizarre grille shapes already been the kiss-of-death on Triibeca and Edsel?

  • avatar
    Zackman

    “Automakers have an easy way of determining which new model is guaranteed to make the company money. If the answer to the simple question “Is it an SUV?” is a clear, definite “yes,” well, that’s a good enough indicator for most.”

    You know, I was thinking – and that’s a dangerous thing for me – but in seeing that most new vehicles are SUV/CUVs, many people still want cars but like the higher driving position an SUV/CUV provides.

    Perhaps one of the OEMs, Ford or GM, should basically reintroduce a car with similar proportions to a 1955-1956-1957 model year Ford or Chevy.

    On the surface, this sounds good to me, and I’m not thinking Honda Crosstour, either. We know how that worked out for them!

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Not a bad idea. I think limos should be shaped like horse-drawn carriages, with a step-up to two facing rows and a high roof.
      Town Car-style limos felt like spelunking, but even Navigator limos are so low they make you move around like a primate.

  • avatar

    Stupid name. Glad to see Jeep profits are being flushed so magnificently.

  • avatar
    ajla

    If I dismissively wank any harder I’ll start to chafe.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Expect several Stelvio flavors when the model appears on U.S. shores in the middle of next year.”

    HAHAHAHA they’ve got only renderings of it, and it’ll be here mid next year. Oh yes.

  • avatar
    Click REPLY to reload page

    Is it still an SUV if it scrapes on parking lot speed bumps?

  • avatar
    Old Man Pants

    Will Italy redefine New Car Smell as Rifiuti non Raccolto?

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Finally, an Alfa Americans can lose in a parking lot.

    Compare it to the CX5 two stories down.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Stelvio is a good name for a sporting Italian marque such as Alfa — but I’ll pass.

  • avatar
    Magnusmaster

    Another underwhelming design. The front looks awesome, but the rear is ugly. Those rear lights don’t fit with the rest of the car.


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