New Alfa Romeo Stelvio: two new diesel engines and rear-wheel-drive SUV revealed


Giulia inspired SUV set to hit showrooms later this year. Here’s all the latest news.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian marque’s first SUV, and it’s coming to the UK later this year.

We’ve already seen and covered the Stelvio in range topping, 503bhp Quadrifoglio trim, revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show late last year. This is Alfa’s first SUV, and the firm has high hopes that it’ll become its biggest seller almost overnight.

The latest news is the addition of two new diesel powertrains – two 2.2-litre engines with either 148bhp or 178bhp. The 148bhp entry level car will be rear-wheel-drive, too, while both will be mated to 8-speed autoatic gearboxes. Two new paint colours – Basalt Brown and Misano Blue – have been confirmed as well. The UK line-up has not been finalised however, so we still don’t know if these engines will make the cut when the Stelvio hits British Alfa showrooms.

The Stelvio is the second model in what’s set to be a big product charge from Alfa Romeo. The company’s entire fleet will be overhauled by 2020 with the inclusion of all-new models. Eight new Alfas will be on sale by the end of the decade, so expect six more cars over the coming years.

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The Stelvio uses the latest design language established by the new Giulia saloon, boasting the same new face and taillight design. Like that car, it made its debut in range topping Quadrofoglio form, using the same 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. As such, the Porsche Macan Turbo rival boasts huge performance – 0-62mph is done in 3.9 seconds, while top speed comes in at 177mph. Alfa says it will be the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring.

Now, closer to launch, more everyday engines have been revealed. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder Turbo with 276bhp and a 2.2-litre 207bhp diesel will hit the European market when the Stelvio goes on sale, though the exact UK engine line-up is yet to be finalised.

Against the tape measure, the new Alfa Stelvio comes in at 4,680mm long, 2,160mm wide and 1,650mm tall. That makes it almost identical in length to the Porsche, but significantly wider.

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Its design is heavily inspired by the Giulia Quadrifoglio; borrowing key styling cues such as the narrow LED headlamps, trademark shield-shaped grille and gaping air intakes. Body-coloured side-skirts with a carbon inserts, blistered wheel arches and quad exhausts are also unique to the range topper. On the standard Stelvio this extrovert styling is toned down.

The minimalist, driver-focused cabin uses a mixture of wood and fabrics, though the Quadrifoglio gets carbon-fibre finishes. An 8.8-inch infotainment system is housed in the centre of the dash and operated via the control wheel on the centre console – standard equipment on every Stelvio. The overall cabin architecture is carried over from the Giulia, with the hooded instrument binnacles, undulating dashboard and driver-focused controls.

The final UK line-up has not yet been confirmed, but Alfa has revealed three trim levels. The standard Stelvio comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, while in the cabin the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard equipment, alongside an 8-speaker system. Safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and forward collision warning make the cut, alongside conveniences like an electric tailgate, automatic lights and wipers plus parking sensors.

Stelvio Super cars build on this spec with design and finish tweaks. A partial leather interior is included with 18-inch alloy wheels and steel door-sill inserts. Stelvio Tecnica models feature 3D navigation and Bi-Xenon headlights, though only the diesel engine will be available. A Luxury Pack introduces full leather seats electrically adjustable seats and real wood inserts, while a Sports Pack brings Sports Seats and a racier look and feel to the cabin.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV: chassis, engines and performance

Similarities with the saloon extend beneath the skin, with the Stelvio underpinned by the same aluminium chassis – made up of double wishbone front suspension and four-and-a-half link setup at the rear – and powered by the 503bhp 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 in Quadrifoglio form. The engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox as standard, which Alfa claims can change gear in 150 milliseconds in Race mode. Carbon ceramic brakes have also been fitted to help rein in all that power.

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Alfa’s Q4 four-wheel drive system and torque vectoring technology has also been fitted to the Quadrifoglio. Under normal driving conditions the Stelvio sends 100 per cent of its power to the rear axle, but the Q4 system continuously monitors torque split between the front and rear wheels. An active transfer case and front differential allow up to 50 per cent of the engines power to be transferred to the front axle.

Combined with torque vectoring technology – a first on any Alfa Romeo – torque can then be optimised between the rear wheels individually thanks to two clutches in the rear axle.

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A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 276bhp mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive – as seen in the First Edition version of the car – will appear. Alfa claims 400Nm of torque, as well as 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.

A 2.2-litre diesel will line up alongside it with 207bhp and 470Nm of torque, achieving 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 133mph. At the LA Motor Show, Alfa Romeo Europe boss Fabrizio Curci told Auto Express: “In Europe we will have a pretty large lineup – including diesel engines and two-wheel drive”. Now, Alfa has revealed two more diesel powertrains, plus a rear-wheel-drive model.

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While we’re still waiting for a UK market launch and line-up, two new diesel options are on sale in Italy, both 2.2-litre MultiJet four-cylinder units. At the bottom end of the scale, the new entry level diesel Stelvio gets 148bhp and rear-wheel-drive, while the new 178bhp car comes fitted with Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system as standard. Both engines deliver peak torque of 450Nm, and are mated to 8-speed automatic gearboxes. Fuel economy of more than 47mpg on a combined run is claimed.

Alfa claims a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and the Stelvio tips the scales at 1,660kg. Aluminium has been used extensively on the SUV, with a platform, engines, suspension, door, bonnet and bootlid all made from the lightweight material.

The Stelvio is expected to be the first of at least two other SUVs from Alfa Romeo. Reid Bigland, Alfa CEO, previously expressed an interest in developing a larger SUV based on the Maserati Levante’s underpinnings. A smaller Audi Q3 SUV rival is also understood to be in the pipeline.

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