Alfa’s turn to reveal SUV
With everyone from Rolls Royce down beavering away on new SUV models there was lit tle surprise last month when Alfa Romeo unveiled its long rumoured Stelvio.
Available in three trim levels – Stelvio, Super and Tecnica – it will initially be available with a choice of a 208kW 2.0- litre turbocharged petrol or a 156kW 2.2- litre diesel engine, both combined with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and Q4 allwheel drive.
Inspired by Italy’s highest mountain pass – an epic 20 kilometre driving route with more than 75 hairpins – the Stelvio has been built to offer an engaging driving experience while still maintaining the driver’s comfort.
Thanks to the Q4 all- wheeldrive, with rear- wheel- drive bias, the Stelvio continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution between the t wo axles according to what the car is doing and how much grip the road surface offers.
In normal grip conditions the Stelvio acts like a rearwheel- drive vehicle with 100 percent of the torque sent to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit the system transfers up to 50 percent of the torque to the front axle.
An optional mechanical self- locking rear differential transfers more torque to the wheel with most grip to optimise the car’s traction in any driving conditions.
The Stelvio also features the new Alfa D. N. A selector, which allows the driver to modify the car’s dynamic behaviour with three modes: Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency ( new energy-saving mode).
Finally, a whole host of safety systems are standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio including Forward Collision Warning ( FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake ( AEB), Lane Departure Warning ( LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring ( BSM), Rear Cross-Path Detection and Active Cruise Control.
First Stelvios here are not expected until early 2018.
The new Stelvio SUV from Alfa Romeo.