It feels like we've been waiting on thing forever, huh?
It feels like we’ve been talking about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Italian brand’s new SUV, forever. That’s because we kind of have been. But all that talk is finally leading up to something, with the new car set to make its world debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Thanks to Automotive News we now know that the Stelvio will hit the market shortly after its Los Angeles coming out party, although a definitive date was not given. All the outlet would report is that the “first quarter of 2017” is the SUV’s likely landing date.
When it comes to Alfa Romeo our feeling is always “we’ll believe it when we see it" as both the Giulia and the Stelvio have suffered numerous delays. That being said the Giulia is finally here, albeit without a manual. Since SUVs sell so well we can’t imagine that Sergio Marchionne would sit on Alfa’s newest model any longer than he has to. FCA hasn’t released official info about pricing or the engines that will be under hood, but figuring both out isn't too tough. The Stelvio will be competing against the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. Both cars start at around $40,000 and we expect the Alfa Romeo to be priced comparably. As for engines, the Giulia’s power plants will be carried over, albeit with a possible tweak or two.
The base Giulia has a 2.0-liter turbo-four making 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s the performance-spec Quadrifoglio’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 making 505 horsepower. That’s the one we really, really want to see here. And just in case you were wondering, no, there will not be a manual. You’ll just have to make due with an eight-speed automatic. In just one week we’ll know what the Stelvio looks like and if our speculation regarding its price and engines was correct. After waiting four years for the car to debut having to sit on standby for a week and change feels like nothing.