ALFA ROMEO STELVIO
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO BASE MODEL DETAILED DURING EUROPEAN SALES LAUNCH
Hi there. Bob Aldons from Car Business with the story on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio from our US colleagues Autoweek.com. With the ‘old’ Alfa dealers now handing back their franchises and a new band of Alfa Romeo specialists ready to start selling the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the next all new vehicle coming down under is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV.
Alfa’s latest-but-not-truly-first SUV made its debut at the LA Auto Show in Quadrifoglio guise, but until now we haven’t seen the slightly less potent base model. No, it doesn’t quite have “steelie” wheels, but that base model, dubbed First Edition, is just now starting deliveries in Europe and offers our first look at the version most people will probably end up buying.
The First Edition is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque, and it sends those horses and torque to all four wheels, no matter the trim. Even this base model is good for sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.7 seconds.
Inside, the First Edition offers an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and Alfa’s 3-D navigation system. Buyers will also find leather seats, chrome and wood surfaces, and safety systems in the form of autonomous emergency braking, a forward-collision warning system, and lane-departure warning. (Keep in mind, these specs refer to the European version of the First Edition, though the equipment listed is not expected to differ much from eventual U.S. offerings). The First Edition base model wears 20-inch wheels, and they may be what the U.S. market model will wear, as well.
U.S. sales will start during the second quarter of 2017.
The First Edition is one of three models that the U.S. will receive; aside from the base model, a more upscale Ti version will join the lineup with the same engine, with the Quadrifoglio model topping the range with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine good for 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That’ll allow it to make sprints to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds — quite a difference from the base model — though this V6 will also be able to save some fuel when needed with cylinder-deactivation technology.
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