Alfa Romeo is gradually rebuilding its presence here in the U.S. after a hiatus. First came the light-weight and nimble 4C cars, then came the Giulia. Now, the Italian automaker is poised to get in America’s hot high-end crossover sector with the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Design and Features
The Stelvio features all the signature hints of the up-and-coming Alfa Romeo lineup, including its triangular grille, sharp body lines, broad headlights, and wraparound taillights. Inside, the Stelvio will boast a driver-centric cabin, a Formula One-inspired steering wheel, aluminum paddle shifters, a 7-inch gauge cluster screen, a standard 6.5-inch infotainment system, 3D navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
For those looking for a little more in regards to features, there is the Ti trim, which adds 19-inch wheels, wood interior accents, and an 8.8-inch widescreen screen. The range-topping, more performance-oriented Quadrifoglio model takes things to another level with efficiency wheels, brakes, tires, suspension, leather and Alcantara 12-way power front seats, a special wheel, and much more.
Appearances and features aren’t all that make an Alfa Romeo exactly what it is– they’re likewise developed with balance in mind. The Stelvio will fulfill this requirement with its usage of lightweight products like aluminum and composites to lower unsprung weight and make its weight circulation almost 50:50.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Engine
The Stelvio will be rather the entertainer in every trim, as even its base model has some pep to its action. It will feature a basic 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horse power and 306 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. This engine will couple with an eight-speed automobile transmission and basic all-wheel drive to provide a 5.4-second run to 60 miles per hour.
In regards to fuel economy, the EPA has actually ranked the 2.0-liter Stelvio at 24 mpg combined based on 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. That puts it neck and neck with the 2018 Audi Q5 (25 mpg), but a bit behind the Jaguar F-PACE diesel (29 mpg).
The Quadrifoglio presses performance to new heights with its twin-turbo 2.9-lter V-6 that provides 505 horse power and 443 pound-feet of torque. This engine likewise uses Q4 all-wheel drive for optimum traction to help it sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The Quadrifoglio uses cylinder-deactivation to shut down three cylinders at travelling speeds to conserve fuel.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Safety
While the IIHS hasn’t checked any Alfa Romeos for safety yet, this brand-new crossover will have a few of the most recent technology. This includes full-speed accident warning, self-governing braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and more. Its final IIHS score will depend on its structural integrity, however it has all the pieces to be a Top Safety Pick Plus.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Release Date and Price
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is due to go on sale this summertime. In regards to offers, we expect to see little discounting as we have with the Giulia. The primary exception will likely be so-called conquest incentives that target owners & lessees of a competing brand.
Main prices is offered. The Base Stelvio will begin at $42,990 including a $995 location charge. The Stelvio Ti has actually been priced from $44,990. Regrettably, Alfa Romeo has actually not yet disclosed pricing for the Quadrifoglio model.
Beside a similar AWD Giulia, the Stelvio can be found in $2,000 higher for both the base and Ti trims. That represents an incredibly small premium when comparing a sedan and crossover in this sector.