The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is set to become the Italian brand’s first SUV when it’s launched in 2017. Spy shots, courtesy of Autoblog, not only show prototypes being tested but give us our best look yet at this BMW X3 and Porsche Macan rival’s interior.
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio – styling
Through the disguise cloaking these prototypes, we can see many of its details bear a strong resemblance to the Giulia saloon – the iconic shield grille and headlights look almost identical. The two vents in the front bumper have been slightly reshaped to suit the SUV’s larger body, however.
This test car’s camouflage has been pared back compared to earlier prototypes, revealing the sculpted shape of the rear window and bootlid. In the rear bumper, there’s a pair of large round exhaust tips hinting at the Stelvio’s sporty intentions while its brakelights, mounted up high on the bootlid, look similar to those fitted to the Giulia.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – interior
These images give us our first chance to see the Stelvio’s interior. Predictably, much of it looks to have been lifted straight from the Giulia. The centre console looks nearly identical and Alfa Romeo’s distinctive cowled instrument binnacle remains.
Controls for the automatic gearbox are placed in the same area of the dashboard and – to further cement the Stelvio’s sporty image – there’s a set of huge paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. The dash-mounted display screen is mounted in a similar spot to the Gulia, too, so it’ll probably use a near identical infotainment system.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – engines and driving
The Stelvio will be built using the same platform as the Giulia saloon and, as a result, is expected to come offered with a similar selection of engines. A 2.0-litre petrol engine will probably be offered although most buyers are expected to choose a 2.2-litre diesel unit.
More tempting – for diehard Alfa Romeo fans at least – is the prospect of a Quadrifoglio version powered by a similar Ferrari-tuned V6 to the most potent Giulia. Should such a model reach production it could cost in the region of £65,000, however.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio – price and release date
Alfa Romeo could choose to reveal its first SUV at the Los Angelis Auto Show on November 2016. Failing that, the Italian firm could pull the wraps off the Stelvio at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2017. When it goes on sale – before 2018 – it’s expected to cost from approximately £35,000.
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Alfa Romeo Stelvio price, specs and release date (updated September 2016)
Alfa Romeo plans to launch its first SUV, called the Stelvio, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016. A number of pre-production prototypes and test mules have been spotted testing but no official images of this new car have been released.
To give you a better idea what the Stelvio could look like, we’ve drawn up an exclusive render that combines typically sporty Italian styling with the high-riding stance of a modern SUV. Let us know in the comments section below if you think we’re right on the money or miles off…
The new car’s proportions are expected to mirror those of the recently released Maserati Levante SUV, albeit with a few signature Alfa Romeo tweaks. The front bumper will be dominated by a large shield-shaped grille and a pair of aggressive squinting headlight. The large, lower air intakes could boast a similarly shapely outline to those on the Giulia saloon.
The new car will boast a curved roofline with a subtle rear spoiler, more reminiscent of a sporty coupe than a high-riding off-roader. It is, however, expected to feature bluff front and rear ends. A set of giant alloy wheels, underbody protection and protective black trim pieces could be fitted to hint at this large car’s off-road abilities, too.
The Stelvio will be built on a platform shared with the Giulia saloon and will, therefore, be offered with a similar selection of engines. A 2.2-litre diesel will probably prove the most popular option although a more lively 2.0-litre petrol unit will also be available. If a rapid rival to the likes of the BMW X4 M40i is more your thing, keep your fingers crossed for a Quadrifoglio Verde version with the same Ferrari-tuned V6 as the range-topping Giulia QV.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV price and release date
Alfa Romeo’s first SUV is expected to cost approximately £35,000 when it goes on sale in 2017 to rival the likes of the Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes GLC. Further details should be announced when the Stelvio makes an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, however.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV price, specs and release date (updated September 2016)
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, due in 2017, has broken cover in the confines of the very factory it’s set to be built in. During a promotional video – now removed by the brand – a brief cut shows the Stelvio in finished form with a bare minimum of camouflage.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alfa Romeo’s parent company, released the video taking viewers through the manufacturing process of the latest Giulia saloon.
In the photo, the prototype is raised off the factory floor with its uncovered front end revealing similar styling to the Giulia saloon. Sporting a white finish, the shape is reminiscent of the Maserati Levante SUV.
While most panels are covered, the slapdash application allows us to confirm the Stelvio has a coupe-like profile despite its billing as an SUV, making it a more natural rival for the likes of the Mercedes GLC Coupe and the BMW X4. This sneak peak is the clearest sighting yet ahead of its official launch at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
The Stelvio will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the Giulia saloon. This will distance the Stelvio it from its group relative, the all-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee. The rear-driven layout will please enthusiastic drivers looking for a sportier driving experience, but those wanting four-wheel drive will have the option of the extra security and stability.
Power will come from diesel and petrol engines shared with the Gulia. The big seller will be the 2.2-litre diesel available in 148 or 178hp outputs, both return 67.3mpg and emit low CO2 levels. Those after a little more performance can pick the four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol. The absurd Ferrari-developed 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 found in the Gulia Quadrifoglio could provide plenty of thrills if it makes its way into the Stelvio.
Jaguar’s F-Pace will set you back at least £35,000 so we reckon the Stelvio could cost in a similar region. It’ll be revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November so could go on sale in the latter part of 2017.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV latest news (updated April 2016)
We’ve already seen the Alfa Romeo SUV prototype – thought to be called the Stelvio – undergoing testing but this is the first time images have emerged of the car without Fiat 500L MPW body panels as a disguise. Read on to find out what we know so far…
From these heavily disguised images courtesy of motorauhttp://images.hgmsites.net/sml/2018-alfa-romeo-stelvio-spy-shots–image-via-s-baldauf-sb-medien_100551580_s.jpgthority, we can see a number of design details shared with the Giulia. The Stelvio will be based on the same platform as this eagerly anticipated saloon so it should come as no surprise that the familiar Alfa Romeo shield grille and two large air intakes are also present on the new SUV.
The headlights appear to feature the same basic design as the Giulia but their silhouette is hidden from view. Although heavily disguised, the Stelvio’s roofline looks to be quite curved and the rear window is raked forwards quite significantly. This feature, combined with the tall sides and slim rear window openings, will no doubt give the Stelvio a sporty appearance but could potentially compromise the rear visibility.
This coupe-inspired styling would suggest the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be pitched as a rival to the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLC Coupe when it goes on sale, possible in 2017. As a result, we expect it to cost upwards of £38,000 in entry-level trim depending on engine, drivetrain or interior specification. For that price, expect the Stelvio to come with good levels of standard equipment.
Fiat-Chrysler group boss Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that the Stelvio will be official revealed at one of the major auto shows in the autumn. It’s possible he’s referring to the Los Angeles Auto Show in November but could also mean this SUV will be first shown to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV name revealed (updated February 2016)
The new Alfa Romeo SUV will be called the ‘Stelvio’ when it goes on sale in 2017. Reports suggest Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the name at a recent meeting of company executives in the firm’s Italian Cassino factory. Images from Motor Authority appear to show a prototype with fake body panels in the early stages of testing.
The Stelvio name has been inspired by the eponymous Alpine pass on the border of Switzerland and Italy, regarded by many to be one of the world’s best driving roads. Recent Alfa Romeos have revived classic names such as Giulietta and Giulia but choosing a brand new badge reflects the importance of the company’s first SUV.
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The prototype shown in these spy shots wears heavily modified Fiat 500L body panels, probably over Giulia-derived underpinnings. Slightly lowered suspension, larger alloy wheels and beefier brakes compared to the 500L all hint at the performance potential of this Italian SUV but it’s almost impossible to determine how the finished car will look.
We can’t confirm any details about this new car’s interior but the larger platform and higher roofline should offer greater interior space than the Giulia. Although heavily camouflaged, the boot looks boxy and practical, unlike the recently revealed Maserati Levante. We expect the Stelvio to be able to carry significantly more luggage than its Maserati cousin.
These images do offer some clues, however. Both the bonnet and the rear body sections of the 500L have been stretched significantly, as shown by the mis-matched lines and joints around the wheel arches. This suggests the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will have very different proportions to the Fiat.
The many holes drilled into the 500L’s bumper suggest that the Stelvio engine will require significantly more cooling than the Fiat unit, requiring broad air intakes alongside the traditional Alfa Romeo shield.
Alfa Romeo has also confirmed that production of the Stelvio SUV will start towards the end of 2016, with cars going on sale in 2017.
Alfa Romeo SUV (updated February 2016)
There are big plans afoot for Alfa Romeo in the coming years. Its owner Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles plans to release up to eight new models between now and 2020, entering the Italian brand into a number of market segments it hasn’t competed in previously.
The first of the new lineup will be the stunning Giulia saloon but arguably more crucial for the brand is the all-new crossover SUV expected to follow it. A cryptic image of FCA Chief Designer Ralph Gilles posted to his Instagram feed shows him sat in the boot of what could well be the new SUV.
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This image – posted to designer Ralph Gilles’ Instagram feed – appears to show the new SUV
2017 Alfa Romeo SUV styling
Though no official images of the exterior have been released yet, the eye-catching and unmistakable styling of the upcoming Giulia gives us a strong hint at the appearance of the new model. The front will be dominated by the iconic shield grille, flanked by a pair of slim, aggressively-styled headlights.
2017 Alfa Romeo SUV interior
The one image we’ve seen of the new model so far (above) is taken through the open boot of the car. We can see that the basic dashboard design is largely similar to that in the upcoming Giulia.
That means buyers can expect a uncluttered centre console design angled towards the driver for a sporty feel. Meanwhile, the instrument panel will be housed within twin cowlings – another classic Alfa Romeo feature.
2017 Alfa Romeo SUV driving
There’s a good reason why the upcoming SUV will take so much inspiration from the Giulia. Under the skin, the pair are likely to share the same platform. This means we can expect the upcoming model to be available with a choice of rear or four-wheel drive layouts.
Like the Guila, we can also hope for a well-balanced 50:50 weight distribution and an extensive use of lightweight body panels to make the Alfa Romeo SUV among the lightest cars in its class.
2017 Alfa Romeo SUV engines
Mainstream models are set to be powered by either a 2.2-litre diesel engine or a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol, both of which will be available in a variety of power outputs. It is believed that with 150hp, the diesel will be the entry point into the range, though more potent versions might offer around 210hp. Petrol versions meanwhile, will produce between 200 and 280hp.
What isn’t yet clear is whether a sporty version will be offered to take on the likes of the Porsche Macan. The Giulia range is expected to be spearheaded by a 3.0-litre V6 with 503hp – should Alfa Romeo commit to a sporty SUV, the same unit could feature here, too.
2017 Alfa Romeo SUV prices and release date
With the bulk of the SUV range due to compete against the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, expect prices for the new model to be around £32,000. Should a high performance variant be produced, we’d expect it to cost more than £60,000. The new car is expected to hit showrooms in 2017.
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