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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV finally makes debut
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Viknesh Vijayenthiran - Nov 15, 2016

Making its debut on Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, the Stelvio brings Italian flair and passion to the small luxury SUV segment.

The name is borrowed from a small town located in the Alps of northern Italy...though it’s more commonly known because of the nearby Stelvio Pass. This famous stretch of winding road is considered one of the best driving roads in the world because of its fast switchbacks and elevation changes combined with beautiful scenery.

Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio introduces the SUV version of the rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform that made its debut in the Giulia sedan. Attributes of the platform include low weight, a low center of gravity and impressive chassis technology. The platform also allows for all-wheel drive, which has been made standard on all Stelvio models.

The Stelvio makes its debut in high-performance Quadrifoglio guise. This particular model is unique in the segment but will soon face stiff rivals in the form of a BMW X3 M, Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Mercedes-AMG GLC63. Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 as the Giulia Quadrifoglio, with output remaining at 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a paddle-shifted, 8-speed automatic, the engine will rocket the SUV from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 177 mph.

Below the Quadrifoglio will be standard Stelvio and better-equipped Stelvio Ti (Turismo Internazionale) models. These will feature identical turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engines delivering 280 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. They also come with an 8-speed automatic, 18-inch wheels (19- and 20-in are available), a carbon fiber driveshaft, leather trim, a power liftgate, parking sensors and a rearview camera...

...Production of the Stelvio commences at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Cassino plant in Italy in late 2016. The first examples are due in showrooms in mid-2017.


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I like the look of this over the Jaguar I Pace a lot more!
 

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FIAT has been such a terribly run company for pretty much ever, this and the Giulia is what they should have been building all those years but instead they built crappy overdressed Fiats.
 

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I like the look of this over the Jaguar I Pace a lot more!
The I Pace is the anti-Jaguar car: extreme cab-forward design, with a very short hood and a very short distance between the front axle and the base of the windshield. In fact, the base of the windshield is on top of the front axle. But we need to live with this trend because an electric vehicle doesnt justified a long empty hood. Function over form.... Even at Jaguar
 

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The I Pace is the anti-Jaguar car: extreme cab-forward design, with a very short hood and a very short distance between the front axle and the base of the windshield. In fact, the base of the windshield is on top of the front axle. But we need to live with this trend because an electric vehicle doesnt justified a long empty hood. Function over form.... Even at Jaguar
Uhhh look at Tesla.

It's not just that the overall styling of the I Pace is awkward and bubbly including the rear so yes very anti Jaguar and that's probably why I dislike it. The Alfa looks very athletic and expensive.
 

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Re: LA: 2018 AlfaRomeo Stelvio SUV *meh*

...It's not just that the overall styling of the I Pace is awkward and bubbly including the rear so yes very anti Jaguar and that's probably why I dislike it. The Alfa looks very athletic and expensive.
imho the Stevio is un-original to the point of being
- generic
- twenty-ohh-oohs retro

only claim to fame is dinosaur-like outrageous HP
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FIAT has been such a terribly run company for pretty much ever, this and the Giulia is what they should have been building all those years but instead they built crappy overdressed Fiats.
True, but like Ford, they didn't have the platform architecture available for Alfa. At least FCA didn't produce Alfa's on Fiat platforms. They also got their RWD (Giorgio) platform built well ahead of Ford (D6), it must be said.

FCA is a poorly run company; they should have had Alfa Romeo up and running long before this, according to their own announcements. But you seem to hold FCA to a higher standard than Ford who for years built "crappy overdressed" Fords called Lincolns (and Mercurys).

BTW, has anyone seen an Alfa Giulia on the road? I don't get the drift that FCA has got it together for Alfa yet.
 

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Wow I didn't think something in this segment would beat out the Macan in my heart, but this is just delicious.
 

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True, but like Ford, they didn't have the platform architecture available for Alfa. At least FCA didn't produce Alfa's on Fiat platforms. They also got their RWD (Giorgio) platform built well ahead of Ford (D6), it must be said.

FCA is a poorly run company; they should have had Alfa Romeo up and running long before this, according to their own announcements. But you seem to hold FCA to a higher standard than Ford who for years built "crappy overdressed" Fords called Lincolns (and Mercurys).

BTW, has anyone seen an Alfa Giulia on the road? I don't get the drift that FCA has got it together for Alfa yet.
The bold is interesting given I'm in the minority here in that I take a critical view of both Ford and Lincoln and my posts run the gamut from positive to negative as each situation warrants. I'd be curious if that comment was due to my not mentioning Lincoln in this non-Ford/Lincoln thread or something else?
 

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True, but like Ford, they didn't have the platform architecture available for Alfa. At least FCA didn't produce Alfa's on Fiat platforms. They also got their RWD (Giorgio) platform built well ahead of Ford (D6), it must be said.

FCA is a poorly run company; they should have had Alfa Romeo up and running long before this, according to their own announcements. But you seem to hold FCA to a higher standard than Ford who for years built "crappy overdressed" Fords called Lincolns (and Mercurys).

BTW, has anyone seen an Alfa Giulia on the road? I don't get the drift that FCA has got it together for Alfa yet.


Oh, really?

This is The Alfa Romeo MiTo , builded on the FWD Fiat Punto (B class) platform. You can see it in the Alfa Romeo european web page
 

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The bold is interesting given I'm in the minority here in that I take a critical view of both Ford and Lincoln and my posts run the gamut from positive to negative as each situation warrants. I'd be curious if that comment was due to my not mentioning Lincoln in this non-Ford/Lincoln thread or something else?
Although I did reference your statement in my comment, it wasn't meant to be personal. I have noticed that your comments about Ford/Lincoln are balanced and did not mean to offend. Since I came upon that thread through the FIN-Lincoln site, I maintained that frame when I made that comment. I guess that was inappropriate.

I think the announced Alfas are stunning but I hate what FCA's CEO is doing and how he's doing it (using Jeep to finance questionable brands, screwing Fiat dealers, shopping for bailout partners, etc.). Until I see Alfa dealers and Alfas on the road, I still consider them "unobtanium."
 

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Oh, really?

This is The Alfa Romeo MiTo , builded on the FWD Fiat Punto (B class) platform. You can see it in the Alfa Romeo european web page
My error. I forgot about the MiTo. I probably should have said "marketed in the U.S." FCS wisely chose not to import MiTos as they would have tarnished the Alfa Romeo brand here. Thanks for the correction.
 
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