The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Is Italy's Sexy SUV Gift To America


How does up to 505 hp sound to you?

Alfa Romeo is finally getting its act together as it’s just unveiled its third US-bound model at this year’s LA Auto Show. Meet the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover SUV, essentially a raised and more purposeful version of the already excellent new Giulia sedan. The base model and Ti trim comes powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque that’s in the base Giulia. But what we’re really looking forward to seeing is the Quadrifoglio’s twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of twist.

Alfa Romeo claims the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can make the sprint to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic which sends power to all four wheels. Buyers can also opt for a mechanical limited-slip diff and the Quadrifoglio also comes with a torque-vectoring rear differential. In order to cut weight, Alfa utilized an aluminum chassis and even the fenders, front and rear frames and doors are made from that lightweight metal. Thanks to all of that, Alfa claims a near 50/50 weight distribution. As far as the exterior styling goes, the Stelvio borrows heavily from the Giulia, and we’re not complaining. It's literally a raised wagon version of the Giulia.

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Step inside and, once again, you’ll find an interior design that’s very similar to its sedan counterpart. A 7-inch driver’s information screen is sandwiched in between the speedometer and tachometer. The base Stelvio receives a 6.5-inch display screen while the Ti and Quadrifoglio feature an upgraded 8.8-inch unit. Regardless of trim, all Stelvios feature standard leather seating but the Quadrifoglio gets Alcantara trim and optional Sparco seats. Ti models also come with wood trim. Alfa Romeo didn’t release pricing or when the Stelvio will arrive in dealerships, but we doubt the latter will take long. After all, there’s money to be made and Alfa Romeo can really use the cash infusion.

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