By Veeno Dewan
For 2018 Italian auto maker Alfa Romeo introduces the mid-size luxury Stelvio crossover SUV to Canada and the U.S. With the unique styling and soul of the storied Italian performance auto maker, this is a much anticipated vehicle. The Stelvio is a pretty, refined looking SUV. There is a unique front-end, the distinctive heart shape Alfa Romeo grille, and the dignified lines that show this is pedigree SUV.
Under the hood of the Stelvio is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Giuli, developing an impressive 280 hp and 306 lb-ft. Transmission is via the Giuli’s 8-speed automatic gearbox with All-Wheel Drive, called Q4 as standard. The Stelvio range has three models and starts with the base Stelvio at $53,395 which arrives with 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Ti model is priced at $54,995, comes very well equipped with 19-inch wheels and extras such as a wood interior accents and an 8.4-inch display screen. Options include a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, a dual pane sunroof, and a sport package featuring sport seats with power adjustable seat bolsters, 20-inch aluminum wheels and more. Among the safety features available are: Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front and rear park assist sensors.
The apex predator in the Stelvio lineup is the high –performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio, slated to hit the North American market later this year with a phenomenal 505 horsepower and is touted as the world’s fastest production SUV, according to Alfa Romeo. Interior wise, the Stelvio features a simple, tasteful and elegant cabin.
To sum up, the performance orientated Stelvio is exactly what one expect from Alfa Romeo, an automaker that has built its reputation on high-performance sports cars and auto racing. Don’t expect the clinical precision of its competitors. The Stelvio has real personality, soul and passion. You won’t see many around, so it will be rare. Highly recommended. Wonderful!
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: $52,995; Stelvio Ti, $54,995. As tested $67,502 including $1,795 destination charge. WEB SITE: Alfa Romeo.ca