Alfa means busi­ness as it rises to SUV chal­lenge

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

OF ALL the com­pa­nies you might ex­pect to build an SUV, Alfa Romeo would be well down the list. But here it is: the Stelvio.

How­ever it isn’t the first

Alfa SUV be­cause the first one ap­peared more than a cen­tury ago.

We don’t know too much about Stelvio yet. Prices and spec­i­fi­ca­tion will be re­vealed nearer the launch date later this year.

We do know that it will come with a choice of a 280bhp 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol or a 210hp 2.2-litre diesel en­gine, both com­bined with an 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and Q4 all-wheel drive. And we know the Stelvio will be built at two Ital­ian plants.

It will also be well equipped, with 17in al­loy wheels, 8.8in screen, eight-speaker au­dio sys­tem and a wealth of safety sys­tems such as In­te­grated Brake Sys­tem, Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, and For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing with Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brake and pedes­trian de­tec­tion. Lux­ury and Sport mod­els bring wood and alu­minium pan­elling and rac­ing seats. An Alfa Romeo spokesman said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of Alfa Romeo Stelvio Tec­nica of­fers a strong propo­si­tion to fleet, cor­po­rate and pro­fes­sional cus­tomers.”

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