Alfa Romeo has officially joined the crossover wars after introducing the all-new 2017 Stelvio at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. Set to compete against the likes of the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio blends Italian flair with high-revving driving performance.
Underpinned by the same platform found in the 2017 Guilia, the Stelvio will be available with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Alfa Romeo also claimed it has a lower center of gravity and a highly-advanced chassis compared to its competitors.
Alfa Romeo's latest crossover also borrows styling cues from its sedan sibling. Up front, it gets the brand's signature grill design that is flanked by sharp-looking bi-xenon headlights. Dominating the rear end are the quad-exhaust pipes, integrated diffuser, tailgate-mounted spoiler and quarter-flanking taillights. Rounding it all up are the distinct five-spoke gunmetal alloy wheels.
Again, like the Guilia, it has a driver-focused cabin, along with leather and Alcantara upholstery, bucket seats, paddle shifters and metal trim pieces. It even has a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 14-speaker audio system from Harman-Kardon available as an option. Additional features installed on the Stelvio include a power tailgate, parking sensors and a reverse camera.
In Quadrifoglio trim, the Stevlio is powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that belts out 512 PS along with 600 Nm of torque. It is then mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels. 0 – 97 km/h comes in at a quick 3.9 seconds while top speed is at 285 km/h.
Lesser models like the Stelvio and Stelio Ti will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. It generates 284 PS with 414 Nm of torque and also comes with the 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Helping the Stelvio perform to the letter is Alfa Romeo's Chassis Domain Controller and DNA drive modes system which adjusts the car's powertrain mapping and power delivery to each wheel. The Stelvio also has pre-set driving modes to choose from: Natural, Dynamic and Advanced Efficiency. Only available for the Quadrifoglio is Race mode.
The all-new Stelvio will be built at the company's Cassino plant in Italy by late 2016. The first few models will arrive in dealerships in the middle of 2017.