The Italian brand takes crossover market by storm!

Having already returned to being a relevant carmaker thanks to the 4C sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo is getting its vehicle development plans into high gear with several fresh models by 2018, two of which will be SUVs. The first hauler was originally scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017 and it made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes by the name Stelvio and will compete against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Porsche Macan. Unlike most of its rivals, Alfa Romeo also developed a high-peformance version of the Stelvio, and just like the Giulia sedan, it wears the green Quadrifoglio badge.

But the badge isn’t the only thing that the two nameplates have in common. The crossover itself is based on the sedan, sharing many components in the chassis and drivetrain, as well as the same styling language. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit the streets with the same 2.9-liter V-6 rated at more than 500 horsepower!

"The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

As it is the case with all automakers that jumped on the SUV bandwagon recently, Alfa Romeo hopes the new rig will help increase its global sales. Specifically, the SUV is part of a business plan that includes eight new vehicles and global annual sales of 400,000 units by 2018. In 2014 and 2015, Alfa Romeo delivered fewer than 70,000 cars. Will the Stelvio make a difference? Join me in my review to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

  • 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    505
  • Torque @ RPM:
    443
  • Energy:
    Turbocharged
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    177 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    70000 (Est.)
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  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9/10

Exterior

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Not surprisingly, the Stelvio’s exterior design is heavily based on the Giulia’s. Much like the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the performance version of the SUV received an extremely aggressive front fascia with sleek headlamps that extend well into the nose, a big V-shaped Alfa Romeo shield, and a split intake below. All these features are borrowed from the Giulia, but while the sedan’s side intakes are very larger, the Stelvio has narrower, vertically oriented units, giving it a more SUV-like stance. The engine hood is also very aggressive for a crossover, sporting prominent bulges on each side and a pair of black-painted vents. Needless to say, this is the kind of SUV you don’t want to have in our rear-view mirror.

Much like the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the performance version of the SUV received an extremely aggressive front fascia

Similarities with the Giulia Quadrifoglio continue onto the sides, where the same beefed-up character line defines the door-handle line before ascending a bit to form the muscular rear haunches. Although the black fender vents of the sedan are missing, the Quadrifoglio cloverleaf badge is present on the SUV as well. Other defining features for a high-performance Alfa Romeo include black window frames, black lower side mirror caps, and the familiar round-spoke rims. Behind them lurk big brake discs and red calipers.

The raked, coupe-like rear glass is complemented by a fairly big roof spoiler

Around back, the taillights are the only features that remind of the sedan, but the clusters are unique to this model, with revised LED strips and the reverse lights mounted toward the upper edge. Everything else is different, but that’s not to say that the Stelvio’s rear fascia looks bland. The raked, coupe-like rear glass is complemented by a fairly big roof spoiler, while the tailgate has a small, but effective lip spoiler. Down below, the clean-looking fascia sports a deep, trapezoidal license plate recess, and a sporty, diffuser-like element with black inserts, four small fins, and two large exhaust outlets on each side.

Alfa Romeo didn’t provide additional information about options, but did say that the Stelvio can be ordered in 13 exterior colors, many of which should be avaialble with the Quadrifoglio version too.

All told, the Italian crossover looks more like a slightly taller hot-hatch than a traditional SUV, which makes it the most aggressive choice in its segment.

Competing Designs

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The Porsche Macan will be a major competitor
Luxurious, 340 hp, 339 lb-ft $47,500
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Although it will join a rather crowded market, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio doesn’t have too many rivals to go against in the performance realm. There are only two crossover that can match the Alfa Romeo by design, the Porsche Macan and the Jaguar F-Pace.

Relatively new to the market being launched in 2014, the Porsche Macan Turbo (left) is essentially a shrunken Cayenne with many features borrowed from the 911 sports car. The smaller size actually helps the Macan stand out a sportier looking crossover, giving it a sense of lightness compared to the larger Cayenne. The sloping hood, the swept-back, 911-like headlamps, and the massive vents in the front bumper have made the Macan the most aggressive-looking vehicle in this niche, and although the Stelvio Quadrifoglio looks pretty brutal, the Macan benefits from a smoother design. The rear end is also as sporty as they get, mostly due to the slender 911-inspired taillights, the beefed-up bumper, and the big diffuser.

Moving over to the much newer F-Pace (right), which was launched for the 2017 model year, the British hauler looks aggressive in just about any trim level thanks to the larger front grille flanked by squinty headlamps above and massive intakes below. Unlike the Macan, the F-Pace’s front end is actually very similar to the Stelvio due to the taller fascia and boxier overall design. The rear end is also pretty similar to the Alfa Romeo, with the aggressively sloped rear window flanked by a big roof spoiler and prominent character line above and below. Unlike its competitors, the license plate recess sits higher in the tailgate, which gives it a more conventional SUV appearance. However, the slim taillights and the diffuser-like element in the bumper keep its stance on the aggressive side.

Porsche Macan Turbo Jaguar F-Pace S
Wheelbase (inches) 110.51 113.2
Length (inches) 185.00 186.3
Height (inches) 63.94 65.0
Width (inches) 76.1 81.5

Interior

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The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s cabin is also based on the Giulia, sharing not only the design, but also many of the sedan’s features. The SUV’s dashboard is also a multi-layered element with an Alcantara-wrapped top, carbon-fiber trim in the middle, and a leather lower section. Both have identical A/C vents, center consoles and steering wheels, but the crossover did get a few unique features. For instance, the dash top remains flush at each side above the A/C nozzles, as well as above the infotainment touchscreen. The area above the instrument cluster has two smaller hoops instead of the Giulia’s significantly arches design. This gives the Stelvio a more spartan, but also elegant appearance.

Optionally, customers can get lightweight carbon-fiber Sparco racing seats with aggressive bolstering

The race-inspired steering wheel uses the same thick-rim profile of the sedan and groups vehicle controls and a red engine start button on the left side, just below the spoke. The optional paddle shifters are made from aluminum. Behind the steering wheel lies a seven-inch digital cluster flanked by two large analog gauges. The layout includes a Quadrifoglio-specific speedo with 200-mph marking.

Two rotary dials in the center console enable the driver to control the DNA Drive Mode system, which comes with a fourth Race model compared to the standard model, and the 8.8-inch (versus the standard 6.5-inch) screen infotainment system. Just like in the Giulia, it displays performance information, telemetry data, and 3D graphic navigation among others. The already familiar Apple Car Play and Android Auto apps come standard.

Also standard are the sports front seats in leather and Alcantara with 12-way power and adjustable thigh support. Optionally, customers can get lightweight carbon-fiber Sparco racing seats with aggressive bolstering. Alfa Romeo claims that these seats are the lightest in segment. Nearly every surface comes with red contrast stitching for a striking, sporty appearance. Audiophiles will get to play their favorite tunes through the 900-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Competing Interiors and tech

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The Macan’s interior (left) is pretty sophisticated too, and comes with plenty of tech. But unlike the Stelvio, the Macan cabin is a bit more on the SUV side, with a bulkier dashboard design and a mix of perfectly horizontal and vertical lines. There’s a multi-function steering wheel inspired by the 918 Spyder supercar, an instrument cluster formed by three round dials with the tachometer in the center. The brand’s latest PCM infotainment system is offered too, but the touchscreen interface is significantly smaller at seven inches. However, it comes with real-time navigation, WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and pretty much every feature you get with the Alfa Romeo in the range-topping Turbo trim. You also get acres of leather, Alcantara, contrast stitching, and numerous color combinations. A big plus for the Macan is that you can customize many interior features via the Porsche Exclusive program.

The Jaguar F-Pace (right) also provides all the luxury you expect from a premium and usually expensive brand. Compared to the Stelvio and Macan, the F-Pace received a much cleaner interior design with all the important features stacked neatly in and above the center console. The steering wheel looks rather classy by comparison, while both the center console and door panels get wood veneer, including Satin Grey Ash. The instrument cluster is similar to the ones found in the XE and XF sedans, made up of two analogue dials and a centrat digital display. Optionally, you can get a 12.3-inch all-digital screen. The sporty, leather-wrapped seats can’t be upgraded to carbon units like in the Stelvio, but they come with 14 different adjustments plus heating and cooling functions.

Drivetrain

As you might have already guessed, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio uses the same all-aluminum, direct-injection, 2.9-liter V-6 engine as the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Developed in cooperation with Ferrari, the mill delivers 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the same amount as the sedan, which makes the Stelvio by far the most potent crossover in its class.

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Developed in cooperation with Ferrari, the mill delivers 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque

The engine, which uses two turbochargers integrated into the exhaust manifold, mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic gearbox and the company’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. Standard on all Stelvio models, the system delivers all-season traction and performance capability thanks to its ability to transfer up to 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle. The Q4 is linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA Pro drive mode, enabling the drivetrain’s integrated actuator to adapt to changing ground conditions or driver need in milliseconds.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also extremely quick, needing only 3.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Top speed is rated at 177 mph, a significant increase from the usual 155-mph rating of performance-oriented crossovers.

The crossover is also equipped with a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction

But the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is not just about performance. For improved fuel efficiency, it features a Cylinder Efficient Management (CEM) deactivation system, which enables the engine to run on three of its six cylinders. Unfortunately, Alfa Romeo has yet to release consumption estimates.

The crossover is also equipped with a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction. Called the Q2, the differential provides the proper level of torque to one of the two rear wheels based on traction conditions.

Thanks to the available four modes, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can provides different driving experiences. When used in "Dynamic" mode, it delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle calibrations. "Natural" mode is a comfort setting for balanced daily driving, while "Advanced Efficiency" uses an eco-friendly setup to achieve the lowest fuel consumption. Finally, there "Race" mode. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio and Alfa DNA Pro system, this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust system, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle calibrations. This is the mode you definitely want to use when taking the Stelvio on the track.

Competing Performance

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Porsche Macan Turbo Jaguar F-Pace S
Engine 2.9-liter V-6 3.6-liter V-6 3.0-liter V-6
Horsepower 505 HP 400 HP 380 HP
Torque 443 Lb-FT 406 LB-FT 332 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3.9 seconds 4.6 seconds 5.1 seconds
Top Speed 177 mph 164 mph 155 mph
Weight 4,244 Lbs 4,015 Lbs
Towing capacity 4,409 Lbs 5,290 Lbs

While the Porsche Macan Turbo and Jaguar F-Pace S have what it takes to challenge the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as far as exterior and interior features go, none is as powerful as Alfa’s first-even performance SUV. The range-topping Macan Turbo’s 3.6-liter V-6 generates only 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, which is more than 100 horses and 30 pound-feet behind the Stelvio’s. However, despite being significantly less powerful, the Macan Turbo hits 60 mph in as low as 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono package, which should be close to the Italian SUV. A more powerful Turbo S model is underway, but don’t bet on it having more than 440 horsepower.

The same goes for the Jaguar F-Pace, which doesn’t even get close to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as far as specs go. Equipped with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6, the range-topping S model comes with 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist on tap. This is enough to push the crossover from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, but none of these figures can match what you can get from Alfa Romeo. It looks like Jaguar enthusiasts will have to wait for the F-Pace SVR to get similar performance.

Chassis

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Also sharing some features with the Giulia, the Stelvio can brag about having the lightest and most rigid platform in its segment. Featuring a low center of gravity, the rear-wheel-drive architecture uses numerous aluminum components, including front and rear frames, front shock towers, brakes, and suspension elements. All these in addition to the doors and fenders.

The Stelvio can brag about having the lightest and most rigid platform in its segment

The sporty suspension system comprises a double wishbone front unit with semi-virtual steering axis, a patented Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod. Alfa Romeo says this combination ensures "top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort." The crossover also comes with a four-channel chassis damping system that instantly adapts to driving conditions and a segment-first, integrated braking system (IBS). Replacing traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) and brake booster, it returns enhanced braking responsiveness.

Speaking of which, Alfa Romeo offers an optional Brembo carbon-ceramic brake package for the ultimate stopping power.

Safety

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In the safety department, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has everything it takes to stand up to its competitors. It comes with advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front and rear side curtain air bags, and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags. Driver assisting features include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which provides autonomous braking when frontal collision appears imminent and Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, which helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the car to a full stop without driver intervention. The standard package also includes Lane Departure Warning, which alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure. Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are available on the options list.

Prices

Pricing information is not yet available, but the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is likely to fetch at least $70,000 before options. This sticker would make it slightly more affordable than the Porsche Macan Turbo, priced from $76,000, but significantly more expensive than the Jaguar F-Pace S AWD, which starts from $57,700.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio $70,000 (est.)
Porsche Macan Turbo $76,000
Jaguar F-Pace S $57,700

Future Competitors

Now that we’ve already established that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has no rival performance-wise in this niche, let’s have a closer look at the crossovers that will challenge the Italian hauler in the future.

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

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The F-Pace SVR is first on our list for two reasons. First, SVR-build Jaguars and Range Rovers are cool as hell and feature a large amount of unique elements inside and out. Second, all SVR models are powered by V-8 engines, which means that the F-Pace SVR will most definitely use the supercharged 5.0-liter mill. This unit is available in two different output stages and I think the crossover is more likely to borrow the slightly lower specs of the Range Rover versions, which comes with 542 and 502 pound-feet of torque on tap. There’s also the possiblity that Jaguar lowers the rating a bit more for the F-Pace, which is lighter than the Range Rover Sport, but horsepower should remain above 500 horses. I guess it’s safe to assume that the F-Pace SVR will be a worthy competitors for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. When will it arrive? It could be here in 2018, but Jaguar is still mum on the details.

Find out more about the Jaguar F-Pace SVR here.

BMW X3 M

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The already iconic BMW X3 has yet to receive a full-blown M version, but the third-generation crossover is rumored to finally spawn a performance-oriented model. Likely to arrive sometime in 2018, the X3 M should share its drivetrain with the M3 and M4, which means it will be powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six powerplant. Specifics are yet unknown, but with the current mill generating 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in both the coupe and the sedan, the next-gen engines should be good for at least 450 horses. Sixty mph should come in less than five seconds thanks to a new eight-speed automatic and an all-wheel-drive system.

Learn more about the BMW X3 M here.

Conclusion

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A crossover is a great way to return to the market as a relevant player and a high-performance version of it makes things that much better. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio isn’t just a more powerful version of the regular vehicle, it’s the most potent hauler you can buy in this class and offer an extra 100 horsepower over its closest rival. On paper, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is hard is beat and leaves the likes of Porsche, Jaguar, and BMW in need of better performance-oriented products. We’ll see what happens when at least one of them will deliver, but until that happens, the Quadrifoglio is the king of the performance crossover realm.

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Update History

Updated 09/14/2016: With about two months before its official debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Alfa Romeo Stelvio made a brief appearance in video presentation coming from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The new SUV will be put on sale early next year and will be produced at the company’s Cassino Assembly Plant. (MotoriOnline)

Updated 06/28/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Panamera out for a new testing session, and for the first time they also managed to take some shots of the interior.

Updated 06/16/2016: The upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV was caught testing near Nurburgring. Hit "play" to watch the car in action!

Updated 05/09/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio out for a testing session on the roads around the Nürburgring.

Updated 09/16/2015: Our spy photographers caught the first Alfa Romeo SUV mule out for some testing sessions. The model is expected to debut in mid-2016 and will be the second - after Giulia - from the eight new models the company plans to launch by 2018.

Updated 08/07/2015: Alfa Romeo is reported to have finally started work on its upcoming SUV, set to be introduced after the new Giulia.

Updated 07/31/2014: British magazine AutoExpress reports that the future Alfa Romeo SUV should be unveiled in 2016 and will deliver up to 500 horsepower. Click past the jump for more details on the car.

Updated 10/24/2012: Today we have a rendering for the upcoming Alfa Romeo SUV.

Spy Shots

October 24, 2016 - Alfa Romeo Stelvio caught testing once again

June 28, 2016 - Alfa Romeo Stelvio reveals its interior

May 9, 2016 - Alfa Romeo Stelvio caught testing on the roads around the Nürburgring

September 16, 2015 - Alfa Romeo SUV mule caught testing

Rendering

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Press Release

As the second of a new generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

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“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology
Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

Stelvio and Stelvio Ti
The true manifestation of Italian performance, craftsmanship and design, the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models provide a wide-ranging list of standard features, including an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels (available 19- and 20-inch wheels), leather seating, backup camera with rear park sensors, power liftgate, Formula One-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated push button start and much more.

In addition to the expansive list of standard features in the all-new Stelvio, Stelvio Ti adds even more luxury and convenience offerings, including standard 19-inch wheels, genuine wood interior accents and an 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment display. Available Sport and Lusso packages provide drivers with two unique offerings that further accentuate the bold characteristics of Stelvio Ti.

Stelvio Quadrifoglio
With the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, Stelvio Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport pedigree as the “halo” model in the lineup.

The heart and soul of this ultra-high performance SUV is an all-aluminum, direct-injection 2.9-liter 24-valve bi-turbo intercooled V-6 engine, delivering a best-in-class 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque, and a standard Q4 all-wheel-drive system.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes exclusive high-performance and functional exterior design elements, plus unique performance suspension, brakes and wheels. Inside, high performance leather and Alcantara front seats, featuring 12-way power and adjustable thigh support, provide the optimal control center. Additional features include a Quadrifoglio-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching and performance contours, leather-wrapped instrument panel with accent stitching and carbon fiber interior trim.

Advanced technology features unique to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include a four-mode Alfa DNA Pro selector with Race mode, torque vectoring differential, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200 miles per hour (mph) speedometer and cylinder deactivation system.

Ultra-high performance options for Stelvio Quadrifoglio include:

Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber shell Sparco racing seats, providing maximum lateral support during extreme cornering thanks to more aggressive bolstering, and designed to be the lightest in the segment, while providing comfort for long road trips
Ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system

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Driver-centric capability and performance
The Stelvio’s intuitive interior is fully committed to the driver’s every need, offering easy access to vital and next-level technologies. A Formula One-inspired steering wheel features a thick-rim profile that transmits the chassis’ direct-steering feel and neatly groups the vehicle controls and the engine start button. Behind the steering wheel, the Stelvio features available all-aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters and a standard full-color 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) cluster display straddled by two large white-on-black face analog gauges.

Conveniently located in the center console are two simple rotary dials. The first controls Alfa’s DNA Drive Mode system with three unique driver selectable modes (Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency), which can be used to fine tune the driving experience by adjusting throttle response, boost pressure and suspension settings in Stelvio and Stelvio Ti. Stelvio Quadrifoglio adds a fourth mode – Race – with its exclusive DNA Pro Drive Mode system.

The secondary rotary dial controls the high-resolution 6.5-inch, or 8.8-inch, wide-screen infotainment system with real-time vehicle performance pages and telemetry, plus 3-D graphic navigation that recognizes handwritten gestures on the top of the rotary pad (late availability), allowing the driver to easily interact with the 3-D Navigation system.

With easy access to vital technologies in mind, all Stelvio models will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

State-of-the-art engines are the beating hearts of each and every Alfa Romeo
Every Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by best-in-class all-aluminum engines that embody the brand’s passion for next-level technology and state-of-the-art performance.

Best-in-class 280 horsepower with all-aluminum Alfa Romeo turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Featured in the all-new 2018 Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, an all-aluminum 2.0-liter direct-injection, 16-valve, turbocharged and intercooled engine, designed specifically for Alfa Romeo, delivers a best-in-class 280 horsepower, along with world-class levels of performance, efficiency and refinement.

To deliver its best-in-class 280-horsepower output and flat torque curve with 306 lb.-ft. of torque available between 2,250 – 4,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features exceptional turbo responsiveness thanks to a “2-in-1” turbocharger design, with the charging system driven through two pipes, which gathers exhaust gas from pairs of cylinders in an alternating sequence.

Performance and fuel economy of these engines are fostered by the MultiAir electro-hydraulic variable-valve actuation technology, a direct-injection system with 2,900 PSI injection pressure, a water-cooled cylinder head integrated manifold and a water-cooled charge air cooler.

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Best-in-class 505-horsepower all-aluminum 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine
Arriving to the premium mid-size SUV segment is the most powerful Alfa Romeo production engine ever, with an all-aluminum 2.9-liter direct-injection bi-turbo V-6 serving as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s “heart and soul.”

Designed to optimize the all-new lightweight Alfa Romeo architecture, the all-aluminum 2.9-liter V-6 bi-turbo engine features a compact 90-degree layout and was holistically designed for a low center of gravity within the chassis.

To deliver a best-in-class 505 horsepower and a flat torque curve with 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 2,500 – 5,500 rpm, the state-of-the-art engine features a bi-turbo design. In addition, the engine’s turbochargers are integrated into the exhaust manifold and feature a low-inertia, single-scroll turbo design with variable-boost management for ultra-responsive throttle response. A direct-injection system maximizes fuel combustion for improved engine output and efficiency.

For improved fuel efficiency, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a Cylinder Efficient Management (CEM) deactivation system, which enables the engine to run on three of its six cylinders.

Crafting control: Q4 all-wheel drive (AWD)
The intelligent Q4 all-wheel-drive system – standard on all Stelvio models, including Quadrifoglio – delivers even more all-season traction and performance capability, thanks to the system’s ability to transfer up to 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle.

The innovative Q4 AWD system is linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA or DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode system – enabling the driveline’s next-generation integrated actuator to adapt to changing ground conditions or driver need in milliseconds, and instantly optimize the required torque to each wheel.

Italian ingenuity with broad use of lightweight materials
Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s architecture extensively integrates lightweight, state-of-the-art materials that enable and deliver near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering available.

Alfa Romeo engineers designed a lightweight rear-wheel-drive platform with a low center of gravity – all to deliver the high-performance and precision expected from an Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes, suspension components, doors and fenders also help shed weight compared to conventional steel. For example, the rear cross member features an extensive use of lightweight materials, including aluminum and composite.

An Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone front suspension with semi-virtual steering axis guarantees rapid and accurate steering feel. With the most direct steering ratio in the segment, Alfa Romeo Stelvio can tackle high lateral accelerations as a result of the always perfect footprint. At the rear, a patented Alfa-link rear axle design with vertical rod ensures top performance, driving pleasure and passenger ride comfort.

State-of-the-art technologies add to a premium SUV that only Italy could create
Competing at a world-class level requires the highest attention to detail, including the use of next-level technologies that continually please and impress the center of Stelvio’s universe: the driver.

Q2 Mechanical Limited-Slip Differential
This new feature – included within the Performance Package – is a rear mechanical limited-slip differential that optimizes rear-wheel traction. The Q2 differential balances the machine torque, which works on the SUV’s rear axle. This system provides the proper level of torque to one of the two rear wheels based on traction conditions.

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Chassis Domain Control (CDC)
The “brain” of Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s benchmark-level dynamics can be attributed to its innovative Chassis Domain Control (CDC) system. The CDC system coordinates all of the vehicle’s available active systems (stability control, torque vectoring differential and Alfa Active suspension system), using predictive-type dynamic models to deliver balanced, safe and natural driving, thus optimizing performance and drivability.

Integrated braking system (IBS)
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio features a segment-first integrated braking system, replacing a traditional system of electronic stability control (ESC) and brake booster for even more instantaneous braking responsiveness. The innovative electromechanical system improves braking performance through a faster increase in pressure and makes it possible to vary brake feel jointly with the Alfa DNA Pro system. As a result, this lightweight technological solution delivers new levels of brake response and stopping distance.

Alfa DNA and Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selectors
Innovative Alfa DNA drive mode system and Alfa DNA Pro (Quadrifoglio exclusive) drive mode selectors modify the dynamic behavior of the vehicle, according to the driver’s selection:

Dynamic: delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations
Natural: comfort setting for balanced daily driving
Advanced Efficiency: eco-friendly mode to achieve the lowest fuel consumption
Race: exclusive to Alfa DNA Pro, this mode activates the over-boost function, opens up the two-mode exhaust system, turns ESC off and delivers sharper brake and steering feel with more aggressive engine, transmission and throttle tip-in calibrations

Thanks to the interaction with the Chassis Domain Control, Alfa DNA Pro instantaneously adapts car behavior to the selected driving mode.

Torque vectoring
Torque vectoring makes it possible for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to achieve higher performance during lateral acceleration. The rear differential optimizes torque delivery to each wheel separately for improved power delivery, traction and control on all types of road surfaces, without cutting power like traditional systems.

Alfa Active suspension system
Available on Stelvio Ti and standard on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, this innovative four-channel chassis damping system instantly adapts to driving conditions and can be adjusted by the driver via the Alfa DNA selector. This technology allows for a setting of softer shock absorbers for a more comfortable drive, or a more rigid setting for more accuracy in sports driving.

Peace of mind: safety and security
The all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers safety and security features that include:

Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus: provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop: helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Stelvio to a full stop without driver intervention
Lane Departure Warning: alerts the driver of inadvertent lane departure

To help rear visibility both on the road and in parking situations, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and front- and rear-park assist sensors are available.

In addition, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio features advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front and rear side curtain air bags, and driver and front-passenger inflatable knee air bags.

Italian style, inside and out
In true Italian fashion, the all-new Stelvio allows owners to customize their performance SUV with up to 13 exterior colors; seven wheel choices, ranging from 18 inches to 21 inches; and an almost endless selection of interior color and trim choices.

For sophisticated music lovers, the refined Harman Kardon Premium Audio System is offered on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which delivers detail-rich audio output. The heart of the Sound Theatre system is a 900-watt 12-channel class D amplifier, which distributes clear sound through a system of 14 speakers for superior audio quality. Harman Kardon’s Logic 7 sound technology is used to secure a surround effect from different high-resolution sources and harmoniously uniform stereo playback. With this sound system, occupants can experience the premium quality for which Harman Kardon is renowned.

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With the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design.

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