Alfa Romeo Stelvio UK pricing and specs announced
Following its UK debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month, Alfa Romeo has revealed the UK pricing and specification for its first ever SUV, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
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With prices starting from £33,990 OTR, four trim levels will be available from launch in September: Stelvio, Super, Speciale and Milano Edizione.
Drivers will be able to choose between two engine versions at launch – 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD and 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD – combined with an ZF eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The Italian company promises its first-ever SUV will be a match for the mighty Porsche Macan and become the drivers’ choice in this competitive segment of the market.
Undoubtedly one of the best-looking SUVs on offer, on the face of it at least, the Stelvio doesn’t disappoint. Up front, its curvy lines mirror those of the Giulia saloon. It gets Alfa’s trademark grille and, love it or hate it, it looks like it’ll have the usual off-set number plate, too.
The interior has been equally influenced by its Giulia stable mate, with the same leather upholstery on offer and a dashboard that’s dominated by an 8.8in touchscreen infotainment system.
In traditional Alfa style, the instrument cluster gets two huge dials, but a 7.5in LCD monitor has been squeezed in between them. Among other functions, this displays the status of Alfa’s DNA Mode System which, if you were wondering, stands for dynamic, natural and advanced efficiency.
The entry-level Stelvio may be the cheapest variant, but it’s still well-equipped featuring cruise control, Alfa’s DNA driving system, an 8.8in touchscreen infotainment system, 17in alloy wheels and Automatic Emergency braking.
Moving up the range, the Stelvio Super is offered from £36,190 and adds luxuries such as leather upholstery, and a range of interior trim enhancements. Larger alloy wheels feature too, while a number of additional packs can also be ordered to enhance the Super further.
The range-topping Speciale gets all of the above, plus Alfa’s Connect 3D Nav, Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS and electric folding mirrors from £41,490.
The Milano Edizione is exclusive for 2017 and offers customers even greater functionality and style, while providing exceptional value for money from £45,390.
Adding to the Speciale trim, it includes sporty leather seats, a 10 speaker Sound Theatre, 20in V-Spoke alloy wheels, keyless entry and an Athermic windscreen. Privacy glass with black gloss window surround, electrically adjustable and heated front seats and a rear-view camera with dynamic grid lines enhance the standard specification.
A Quadrifoglio Stelvio is expected to be launched later on in the year, coming complete with a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 engine that was developed in-house by Ferrari. You can find the same power plant in the Giulia QV, and the Stelvio gets the same 503bhp, giving it a 0-60mph time of just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 177mph.
An all-new “Q4” four-wheel-drive system is fitted to all models, while a twin-clutch eight-speed automatic gearbox is also standard fitment across the range. This gives the driver the option of a full automatic, or changing gear with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
Despite its clever all-wheel-drive system, most of the time power will be sent only to the rear axle. This marks another turning point for Alfa which, up until the rear-wheel-drive Giulia was released, focused their efforts solely on front-wheel drive.
Along with its DNA system, another driver aid comes in the form of torque vectoring which Alfa says is thanks to a new suspension offering a “semi-virtual steering axis”. Combined with the Q4 system, it should make the Stelvio one of the best handling cars in its class.
The Stelvio is likely to be the first of several new Alfas to arrive in the next five years, including a larger SUV.
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