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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: LA Auto Show

What Is It?

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the brand’s first-ever SUV. As the brand re-entered the U.S. market (first with the 4C sports car, then with the new Giulia sedan), it likely decided an SUV was necessary to compete with other performance- and luxury-oriented automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. And, so, here it is.

Two engine choices will be offered, both shared with the Giulia. Base-level Stelvio and midlevel Stelvio Ti models will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, while the sporty Stelvio Quadrifoglio will use a muscular twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Alfa says the Quadrifoglio model will hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

Both powertrains are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, along with standard all-wheel drive. The SUV also touts an available limited-slip differential and torque vectoring, along with a lot of aluminum construction — and an impressive 50/50 weight distribution. Of course, Quadrifoglio models get a sportier adaptive suspension setup.

Although Alfa hasn’t revealed the Stelvio’s equipment list, the SUV touts lots of leather, suede and sporty touches like carbon fiber and red stitching and accents. Standard Stelvio models get a 6.6-inch center screen, while drivers can upgrade to an 8.8-in screen. And both interior and exterior styling seems to be in keeping with the gorgeous design we’ve become accustomed to with Alfa Romeo’s models.

How Much?

Alfa hasn’t yet announced pricing, and we’re not yet sure exactly where the Stelvio fits into the luxury SUV segment. Still, our best guess is a starting price in the mid-$50,000 range, with Quadrifoglio models possibly topping $100,000 when fully equipped.

When Can You Get It?

Alfa hasn’t yet announced a release date, either — but we suspect the Stelvio will be out sometime next year.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a gorgeous luxury crossover with high-performance credentials — and its Italian flair is attractive for the same reason we’ve been so excited by the upcoming Giulia performance sedan. The luxury performance SUV market has, for years, been dominated by German competitors like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 — and we’re eager to see some new blood in the segment, with an engine note and styling that only Alfa Romeo can deliver.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 BMW X5 The X5 is a sporty luxury SUV whose model range runs the gamut from reasonably priced entry-level vehicles to a high-performance “M” model with even more power than the Stelvio. It’s also loaded with technology and excellent to drive.

2017 Maserati Levante The Maserati Levante is the Stelvio’s only Italian rival. On sale only recently, the Levante starts at just $73,000 — surprisingly reasonable for a Maserati. And while the Levant’s top-end pricing will likely be higher than the Stelvio’s, it’s still a good alternative for drivers who want to escape the usual German luxury SUV.

Porsche Cayenne The Cayenne remains the gold standard among high-performance luxury SUVs, touting a wide model range, a sporty driving experience and endless customization options.

Used Tesla Model X Although the Tesla Model X is undoubtedly more expensive than the Stelvio will be, drivers interested in an unusual high-performance crossover that breaks the typical mold may want to consider one nonetheless. A used Model X should cost about the same as a Stelvio.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. What about the Mercedes-Benz GL/GLS 450? I own a 2013 with a Twin-Turbo V8 that does 0-60 in the 4 second range. Even if you go for one newer than 2015 with the v6 it still has a lot of power for such a large vehicle. I have driven all but the model x and I and the owners prefer the GL Over it.

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