Alfa Romeo, the Italian luxury automaker has confirmed they are set to release their first ever SUV which will go by the name 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The vehicle will make a debut later in the year and will be available for sale in 2017.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the name “Stelvio” pays homage to the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy. Marchionne revealed this during an investor presentation where he also released a new strategy for the firm. The automaker had planned to release 8 automobiles by 2018. The CEO revealed that achieving that target would be an uphill task as they have experienced undue delays. He said they will focus on releasing a luxury sedan which is christened the “Giulia” and the new SUV.
The automaker hopes to release the remaining 6 models by 2020. There is hardly any other information available about the Stelvio. However, we have combed all over and following is what we have managed to gather about this upcoming SUV;
2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior and Interior
We don’t know how the SUV will look like on the outside or the inside, we can only show you render and teaser images. However, we understand that the SUV will borrow much styling cues from its sedan sibling, the Giulia. The automaker says the model will feature the best abilities in its segment. The model will be capably equipped to handle different terrains. From what we know of Alfa Romeo, you can expect a stylish and attractive design.
On the inside, the model will need to have a very stylish and comfortable cabin to stand a chance against competitors such as the BMW X3. As such, expect sophisticated technologies, high quality upholstery, excellent design and a full package of driving aids. The Giulia sedan cabin is pretty impressive and I believe the SUV will adopt a host of the sedan features including its stylish dashboard layout.
Engine and performance
We have learned that the SUV will be based on the Giulia’s rear-wheel-drive platform. It will also be offered in both 2WD and AWD just like the sedan. Also, like the sedan, it will be offered with both 4- and 6-cylinder mills. The engines being fronted are a 2.2 L diesel engine capable of producing 150 horses.
Another likely engine is a 2.0 L petrol engine rated at 280 hp. The most potent engine being rumored is a twin-turbocharged 3.0 L engine which is expected to produce over 500 hp. Information on the transmission and other engine specs is not available as of this writing.
Price and release date
There is no information about the SUV’s price. However, the automaker said they are a targeting a fall debut date. We believe that this means in November during the Los Angeles Auto show.
Sales will commence shortly after its debut in early 2017. We believe more information will suffice close to the debut date. We hope to catch up with the model during testing or get its leaked photos. Therefore, keep checking this page for more information on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. One thing is sure though, don’t expect it to come cheap.
When it hits the streets, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will go head to head with BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The final version, which will be available on the market appeared at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2016. The full review you can read here.