Not a few have been expecting Alfa Romeo to offer a sports utility vehicle. In fact, it has been over a decade since people started hoping that Alfa Romeo would develop and produce an SUV, when the Italian carmaker unveiled the Kamal SUV concept in 2003. Now, the long wait is over as Alfa Romeo is unveiling its own SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show – the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
While it took Alfa Romeo a lot of effort to build the new Stelvio SUV, it is far easier to describe it as a more practical yet taller version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. A quick look at both Alfa Romeo vehicles would make onlookers conclude that the Stelvio appears similar to the Giulia sedan. This means that the Stelvio SUV has adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan.
But the similarities do not end there. For instance, the interior of the new Stelvio is comparable to the cabin of the Giulia, with a couple of tweaks though. Stelvio also features a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, climate controls, an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Alfa Romeo’s signature selector knob and second rotary dial in the center console. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Giulia sedan – the new Giorgio vehicle architecture developed by parent FCA.
Just like the Giulia sedan, the Stelvio SUV is also offered in three trim levels – base, mid-level Ti and the range-topping Quadrifoglio. In the Quadrifoglio specs, the interior changes to feature red stitching, carbon fiber trim and body-hugging seats as well as a number of sporty elements. The Stelvio SUV also gets a sportier suspension setup, larger wheels and brakes. A Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also being showcased at the 2016 LA Auto Show.
Optional features available for the new Stelvio SUV include carbon-fiber Recaro seats, a 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
You may be curious about how it got its name. Alfa Romeo’s new SUV is named after a tormenting mountain pass in the Italian Alps called the Stelvio. Although Alfa Romeo has yet to disclose the pricing for the new Stelvio, it is expected that the Stelvio would be pricier than an equivalent Giulia.