Alfa seems to be on a roll recently and just can’t stop. First, there was the Mito, the small city car that proved to be popular in Europe. Then, the Giulietta hatchback arrived and took the mid-size hatch segment by surprise. And don’t even get us started on the Giulia, the ultimate 3-Series and a C-Class competitor which outclassed both of them in most tests. It seems that Alfa wants to have a go at the SUV market as well because they just launched the Stelvio.
Named after the highest mountain road in Italy–and one of the most breathtaking in our opinion–the Stelvio Pass, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition SUV is as distinctive as the road whose name it bears. Utilizing the Giulia platform, with different dimensions to incorporate the SUV body, it will be lined up against Porsche’s excellent Macan and Jaguar’s jaw-dropping F-Pace. As recent years have proved, however, no one should underestimate Alfa. The Giulia QV singlehandedly took down the M3 and C63, so what’s to say the Stelvio can’t repeat its sedan sibling’s performance?
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition SUV – Styling with Performance
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and styling is subjective, but no one can stay indifferent to the Stelvio. Just look at it. The only thing that comes close is the F-Pace, but they’re different beasts altogether. The F-Pace is dignified, elegant and handsome in that British way, whereas the Stelvio is a pure-blooded, beautiful Italian. It’s a cliché, but it’s really true this time.
The base model will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol with 276 hp, with the diesel coming shortly after. If you’re after a Macan Turbo rival, go for the Quadrifoglio version. It’ll wear the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 503 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A midsize luxury SUV with over 500 horsepower. What’s not to like?
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