Alfa Romeo is gradually rebuilding its presence here in the U.S. after a hiatus. First came the lightweight and nimble 4C sports car, then came the Giulia. Now, the Italian automaker is poised to enter America’s hot luxury crossover section 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 guiding wheel, aluminum paddle shifters, a 7-inch gauge cluster display, a basic 6.5-inch infotainment system, 3D navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
For those searching for a little bit more in terms of 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 performance wheels, brakes, tires, suspension, leather and Alcantara 12-way power front seats, an exclusive steering wheel, and far more.
Appearances and features aren’t all that make an Alfa Romeo what it is– they’re likewise built with balance in mind. The Stelvio will satisfy this requirement with its usage of lightweight materials like aluminum and composites to lower unsprung weight and make its weight circulation nearly 50:50.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Engine
The Stelvio will be quite the entertainer in every trim, as even its base model has some pep to its action. It will feature a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. This engine will couple with an eight-speed auto transmission and basic all-wheel drive to provide a 5.4-second run to 60 mph.
In terms of fuel economy, the EPA has actually ranked the 2.0-liter Stelvio at 24 mpg combined based upon 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. That puts it neck and neck with the 2018 Audi Q5 (25 mpg), however a bit behind the Jaguar F-PACE diesel (29 mpg).
The Quadrifoglio pushes efficiency to brand-new heights with its twin-turbo 2.9-lter V-6 that delivers 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. This engine also uses Q4 all-wheel drive for optimum traction to help it sprint to 60 miles per hour in simply 3.9 seconds. The Quadrifoglio utilizes cylinder-deactivation to shut down three cylinders at cruising 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 some of the current technology. This consists of full-speed crash warning, self-governing braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and more. Its last IIHS rating will depend upon 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 summer season. In terms of deals, we expect to see little discounting as we have with the Giulia. The primary exception will likely be so-called conquest rewards that target owners & lessees of a completing brand.
Official rates is readily available. The Base Stelvio will begin at $42,990 consisting of a $995 location charge. The Stelvio Ti has actually been priced from $44,990. Sadly, Alfa Romeo has not yet revealed pricing for the Quadrifoglio model.
Beside an equivalent AWD Giulia, the Stelvio can be found in $2,000 higher for both the base and Ti trims. That represents a remarkably little premium when comparing a sedan and crossover in this section.