2018 Stelvio New Car Test Drive
Some say the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is Fiat Chrysler's moment. Some say it's do or die. If they can pull it off, to bring crossover SUV and sexy Italian together, they can do anything.
Sexy Italian v focused German, like Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, competing in your mind until they all look alike.
The Stelvio is gorgeous, hot, charming, tight and agile. Out of the box it's capable, dynamic, and thrilling. It's a dancer. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine accelerates with the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan.
Stelvio's mission to be the world's first sexy crossover is made easier by the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. Consider the Stelvio a jacked-up Giulia, as the sedan and crossover share engines, transmissions, suspensions, brakes, steering systems, interiors and last but not least styling.
Now imagine, a 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio model. Coming early 2018.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission (paddle shifters extra). It's all-wheel drive, with a lightened system that's rear-wheel biased, sending power to the fronts only when needed, up to 60 percent. It rates 22/28 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined, according to the EPA.
A totally new model, Stelvio is named after the serpentine road that leads over Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio ($41,995) is powered by a 280-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and comes with leather seats, rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, LED taillamps, dual-zone climate control, 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, 6.5-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8-speaker sound system, and power liftgate.
Stelvio Ti ($$43,995) adds wood trim, heated leather seats, 8.8-inch infotainment, satellite radio, 19-inch wheels, and front parking sensors.
Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a 505-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6.
Options packages include Sport package, Lusso package, Driver Assistance Static package, Driver Assistance Dynamic Plus package, Cold Weather Package, Ti Performance package. Plus standalone options, like navigation and bigger infotainment on bigger screen.