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LA show reveal for Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio SUV

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Much-anticipated Alfa SUV makes its debut at motor show in range-topping Quadrifoglio guise.

Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited Giulia-inspired SUV has finally been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show. It will now go on sale in Britain next year, with prices starting at £35,000.

The new Stelvio follows on from the Alfa Romeo Giulia but its makers believe it will far outsell the saloon. The Stelvio is the second model, after the Giulia, to be launched as part of a new product offensive by Alfa and it will be followed by another six new cars by the time the decade comes to a close.

Range-topping Alfa performance

The LA Motor Show was treated to an appearance by the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which comes complete with a 2.9-litre V6 503bhp twin-turbo that can propel it from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds.

The Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio will also have a top speed of 177mph, making it a realistic rival to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and Porsche Macan Turbo. Alfa claims that its SUV managed the fastest time ever around the Nürburgring for a car of its class.

There is also likely to be a range of more everyday engine options. These will probably be a similar variety of diesels and petrols as those found in the Giulia, with at least one new addition.

When size matters

At 4,680mm in length, the new 1,650mm-tall Alfa Stelvio is almost exactly the same length as the Porsche but its 2,160mm span makes it substantially wider.

Its design is undoubtedly inspired by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, featuring narrow LED headlamps, gaping air intakes and a hallmark shield-shaped grille. The range-topper can also boast blistered wheel arches, quad exhausts and body-colour, carbon-inserted side-skirts. This extravagant styling will receive a tone-down for the standard Stelvio.

Driver-focused interior

The cabin of the Alfa SUV is driver-focused and minimalist in design. It makes use of fabrics, wood and carbon fibre and there is an 8.8-inch infotainment screen taking centre stage in the middle of the dash. This is operated using a control wheel in the centre console.

The cabin architecture is brought over from the Alfa Giulia, complete with driver-focused controls, undulating dashboard and hooded instrument binnacles.

Under the Stelvio’s skin

The similarities between the Stelvio and the Giulia also extend under the car’s skin. Both share the same Quadrifoglio V6 engine and aluminium chassis. The engine is combined with a standard ZF automatic eight-speed transmission, which its makers claim can move between gears in just 150 milliseconds when the Stelvio is in Race mode.

Carbon ceramic brakes are included to manage the car’s power, whilst the Quadrifoglio can boast Alfa’s Q4 torque vectoring and four-wheel-drive technology. When driving in normal conditions, the Stelvio focuses all of its power on its rear axle. The Q4 system, however, constantly monitors torque split and half of the power can be moved to the car’s front axle when necessary. This torque vectoring technology is a first for an Alfa.

Engine news

Alfa Romeo has confirmed there will be a new 2.0 turbo available for the Stelvio, producing 276bhp. It is not yet known whether this option will be available to British buyers, however.

It is likely that other offerings will include Alfa Romeo’s new 178bhp and 148bhp 2.2 diesels, together with a 2.0-litre 197bhp turbo. Fabrizio Curci, the head of Alfa Romeo EMEA, said the European line-up would be ‘pretty large’ with both two-wheel drive and diesel options.

Alfa has not revealed the weight of the new Stelvio, but it says that, in terms of weight distribution, it can offer a perfect 50:50 split. Lightweight Aluminium has also been used extensively in its creation, including the platform, suspension, engines, boot lid, bonnet and doors.

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