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Named for Italy’s chal­leng­ing Stelvio pass, Alfa Romeo’s first-ever cross­over is suf­fi­ciently roomy and im­mi­nently sexy. Built in Italy, Stelvio is based on the all-new rear-drive Gi­u­lia sedan and is of­fered with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that reaches 144 mph or, in Quadri­foglio trim, a 505-horse­power en­gine that romps 0-60 mph in 3.9 sec­onds. Ei­ther en­gine is enough to put a dance into the Stelvio’s step. Torque-vec­tor­ing all-wheel drive sharp­ens cor­ner­ing, ad­justable chas­sis set­tings ad­just for sport and com­fort and Ital­ian crafts­man­ship only en­hances the drive. If the Stelvio is any in­di­ca­tion, Alfa Romeo may fi­nally have what it takes to com­pete against Europe’s best mod­els. $41,995

BASE PRICE: Range Rover Ve­lar

Un­veiled at The De­sign Mu­seum in Lon­don, this is the metic­u­lously-dressed, per­fectly-coiffed sib­ling of the Land Rover fam­ily. Shar­ing ar­chi­tec­ture with the Jaguar F-Pace, it’s the right size for week­end flings and daily com­mutes. Stream­lined styling with LED head­lamps and flush de­ploy­able door han­dles res­onate. Check the cop­per de­tail­ing on the hood vents, front bumper blades and fender vents. Twin 10-inch touch­screens and spe­cially-de­vel­oped leather-al­ter­na­tive up­hol­stery spoil pas­sen­gers. Mov­ing it is a choice of 247-horse­power turbo-four, 380-horse­power su­per­charged V6 or 180 horse­power diesel en­gines.

$49,990

BASE PRICE: Novem­ber 24, 2017

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