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Could The Alfa Romeo Stelvio We Spied Testing Really Pack 503 HP?

Dare to dream that the Giulia QV's engine will be under the hood.

Alfa Romeo’s US presence has been characterized by small cars styled with Italian flair. But just as Mini began changing its DNA to build larger cars and place its very name in question, Alfa’s affair with the small car is coming to an end. This November, LA Auto Show attendees are set to see the reveal of the Stelvio, FCA’s latest and greatest luxury SUV. As Alfa Romeo gears up for its release, our spy photographers managed to catch a glimpse of a few lightly camouflaged examples out for testing.

Those familiar with the face of the Giulia sedan will see that the looks run in the family. Even through the tape, it’s plain to see that the Stelvio’s headlights resemble the Giulia’s. Even though the proportions are different, the SUV also has Alfa Romeo’s signature upside down triangle grille and ends with a pair of intake vents running to each end of the front bumper. From there, the Alfa’s lines begin to get bulbous in a very Porsche Cayenne kind of way. Using curvaceous body panels, it almost seems that the Stelvio’s design process involved taking a Giulia and inflating it like a balloon. The rear end caps off the look by bulging outwards, a tactic that will hopefully translate well to increased interior space.

Like many other luxury SUVs on the market, the Stelvio will come with a variety of engine options that include gasoline and diesel motors. If lady luck pays a visit (or if the product planners listen to our prayers), the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio could make it to the Stelvio to give Germany’s crop of AMG, M, and RS SUVs a run for the money. With that engine being a stripped-down version of the V8 in the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio could be the closest thing we’ll ever see to a Ferrari SUV. With 503 horsepower on tap, we can’t wait to see how it (could) stack up against the competition, which could soon include the Lamborghini Urus.

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