Alfa’s turn to re­veal SUV

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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.

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