Alfa means business as it rises to SUV challenge
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.”