The day has come, the moment is here, the time has arrived: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is now officially on sale. This is absolutely meaningless to some of you, but for those of us who want a sporty SUV, it’s kind of a big deal.
The particular Alfa Romeo Stelvio I’m highlighting here is at Lou Fusz Alfa Romeo in the St. Louis area, but there are already a few dozen listed for sale on Autotrader, reaching dealerships, ready to go head-to-head with cars like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLC. Or something. I’m not really sure what segment the Stelvio competes in. Either way, I felt that you, the American consumer, should be aware of its existence.
For those of you who haven’t paid attention to the upcoming Alfa SUV, the Stelvio’s situation is this: It’s offered as either the Stelvio Ti or the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The Ti model uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 280 horsepower; the Quadrifoglio, which is coming in the fall, uses a monstrous 500-hp 2.9-liter V6. It’s not easy to get 500 hp out of a V6.
What you see listed here is the Stelvio Ti, which is the only one that’s available right now; its pricing starts at just $43,000, and it does zero to 60 in a respectable 5.4 seconds, even though it doesn’t have "the big engine." It has more technology than you’d think — there’s an available 8.8-inch center display screen and available adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking — but it still lags a bit behind rivals. Then again, it’s reported to drive better than any of them.
And so now you know that the Stelvio is on sale. I recently got very excited upon seeing one on the street, until I realized I was actually looking at a Mazda CX-5. It was an embarrassing moment for me, but I bet the Mazda driver would’ve been very happy about the whole thing. Find an Alfa Romeo Stelvio for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.