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 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: the long-awaited SUV arrives

Alfa Romeo Stelvio: the long-awaited SUV arrives


The wraps come off Alfa's all-wheel drive, Porsche-rivalling Stelvio SUV

The Stelvio, named after the highest mountain road in Italy, is based on Alfa Romeo's Giulia platform.

The Quadrofolio version on show in LA features the saloon's Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre, bi-turbo V6 engine, which produces 503bhp, and double-wishbone front suspension. The Stelvio will also be available with a 276bhp, turbocharged 2-litre petrol unit. 

All models will benefit from Alfa's eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, which Evo says is both "well-known, and well-regarded." While Alfa Romeo has yet to confirm the weight of the Stelvio, it has said it will feature a perfect 50:50 distribution.

Underneath, the Stelvio Quadrofolio uses Alfa's Q4 all-wheel drive system, which distributes power between the front and rear axles in real-time. In normal conditions, the system transfers all power to the rear wheels. But if driving conditions change, the system can split the power evenly between the two axles. 

Alfa Romeo is entering a hotly contested market, facing the likes of the Porsche Macan, Mercedes GLC coupe and Jaguar F-Pace. Carbuyer expects the Stelvio to go on sale towards the end of next year, with prices "starting around £35,000".

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