If you are wondering why this Alfa Romeo SUV being shown at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show looks so familiar, wonder no more. Well, it is because it is identical to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV that was unveiled by the Italian carmaker at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
When we say these models are identical, we mean that they are the same. While Alfa Romeo showed both the base and higher-end versions of the Stelvio in LA, the one shown in Chicago is only the performance variant. Simply put, the version being shown at 2017 Chicago Auto Show sits at the top of the range of the Stelvio SUV model. Welcome, the dynamics-focused Stelvio QV or Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
As far as the looks of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is concerned, it might be easier to describe this SUV as the taller and more practical version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. This shouldn’t surprise us since the Stelvio SUV has essentially adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan. The Stelvio also features flowing headlights, muscular wings and a large triangular grille – as found on the Giulia sedan.
In fact, even the interior of the new Stelvio is comparable to that of the Giulia, with a number of changes though. The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, climate controls as well as an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This new SUV also features Alfa Romeo’s signature selector knob and second rotary dial in the center console. Interestingly, both the Stelvio SUV and the Giulia sedan are underpinned by the new Giorgio vehicle architecture developed by parent FCA.
Alfa Romeo is offering the Stelvio SUV in three trim levels – base, mid-level Ti and the range-topping Quadrifoglio. When availed as a Quadrifoglio, the Stelvio features red stitching, carbon fiber trim and body-hugging seats. Moreover, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a sportier suspension setup as well as a larger wheels and brakes.
The base and mid-range Ti models of the Stelvio SUV are powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 280 hp of max output and 306 lb-ft of peak torque. This engine allows these versions to go as fast as 144 mph (231 km/h).
On the other hand, the range-topping Quadrifoglio version of the Stelvio is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that could deliver up to 510 hp of output and up to 443 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This power is sent to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph (284 km/h).