The latest brand delving into uncharted sports utility territory is Alfa with their new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. If it looks familiar, that is because the 505-horsepower version of it- the Stelvio Quadrifoglio- was already showcased last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, what we are about to see tomorrow at the 2017 New York Auto Show is the bread and butter model Alfa is hoping will bring the company’s established design and driving pleasure to the highly competitive SUV segment.
Exterior and Interior
In true Alfa Romeo fashion, the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio features an elegant design with a bevy of swanky features such as the carbon fiber driveshaft, leather trim, flat-bottomed steering wheel with an integrated engine starter button, as well as set of 18-inch aluminum wheels. Other standard features include the parking sensors, a rearview camera and a driving modes selector.
The Stelvio Ti which stands for Turismo Internazionale is somewhat better equipped with features like 8.8-inch infotainment display, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a genuine wood trim. The Ti also upgrades the wheels to a 19-inch aluminum set. But the goods don’t stop there since the Ti can be ordered in optional packages, the Sport and Lusso, that bring even more features to the table.
Then there is also the monster performance Quadrifoglio that comes with a set of 20-inch wheels as well as an improved driving modes selector with a special Race mode included. Moreover, the torque-vectoring rear differential, Brembo brakes and fuel-saving cylinder deactivation are among the many performance enhancing features that are offered only with the Quadrifoglio.
From the safety department, automatic emergency braking, collision warning, lane departure and blind spot warning as well as a bevy of airbags will be included across the board.
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Engine and Powertrain
This new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio model will, much like the fan-favourite Giulia, be offered as a standard Stelvio version and a better-equipped Ti (Turismo Internazionale) version. Both of these models will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with an output of 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque under its hood. Moreover, both will come with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
If you are looking for more power than the turbocharged 2.0 can offer, you could upgrade to the Quadrifoglio, who comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 engine and a previously mentioned output of 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The Quadrifoglio also comes with the 8-speed automatic plus a shifter with aluminum paddles that can shift gears in less than 100 milliseconds. Furthermore, the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will have a standard all-wheel drive that comes with an active transfer case and front differential that will help manage the drive torque better and in accordance to the given situation.
In terms of performance, Alfa says that their new model will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. For reference, the Quadrifoglio does the same in just 3.9 seconds.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Release Date and Price
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, as well as the Stelvio Ti will appear tomorrow at the 2017 New York Auto Show, where we will get the first official look at the new model. After that, the Stelvio should go on sale sometime during the summer, as a 2018 model. All the production will be handled at the Fiat Chrysler Frosinone plant in Italy. As for the prices, the entry level turbocharged four-cylinder model will start at about $40,000 and only go up from there.
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