2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Concept

Alfa Romeo, the Italian luxury automaker has confirmed they are
set to release their first ever SUV which will go by the name
2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The vehicle will make a debut later in
the year and will be available for sale in 2017.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the
name “Stelvio” pays homage to the famous Stelvio Pass in Italy.
Marchionne revealed this during an investor presentation where
he also released a new strategy for the firm. The automaker had
planned to release 8 automobiles by 2018. The CEO revealed that
achieving that target would be an uphill task as they have
experienced undue delays. He said they will focus on releasing
a luxury sedan which is christened the “Giulia” and the new
SUV.

The automaker hopes to release the remaining 6 models by 2020.
There is hardly any other information available about the
Stelvio. However, we have combed all over and following is what
we have managed to gather about this upcoming SUV;

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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior and Interior

We don’t know how the SUV will look like on the outside or the
inside, we can only show you render and teaser images.
However, we understand that the SUV will borrow much styling
cues from its sedan sibling, the Giulia. The automaker says the
model will feature the best abilities in its segment. The model
will be capably equipped to handle different terrains. From
what we know of Alfa Romeo, you can expect a stylish and
attractive design.

On the inside, the model will need to have a very stylish and
comfortable cabin to stand a chance against competitors such as
the BMW X3. As such, expect sophisticated technologies, high
quality upholstery, excellent design and a full package of
driving aids. The Giulia sedan cabin is pretty impressive and I
believe the SUV will adopt a host of the sedan features
including its stylish dashboard layout.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Render

Engine and performance

We have learned that the SUV will be based on the Giulia’s
rear-wheel-drive platform. It will also be offered in both 2WD
and AWD just like the sedan.  Also, like the sedan, it
will be offered with both 4- and 6-cylinder mills. The engines
being fronted are a 2.2 L diesel engine capable of producing
150 horses.

Another likely engine is a 2.0 L petrol engine rated at 280 hp.
The most potent engine being rumored is a twin-turbocharged 3.0
L engine which is expected to produce over 500 hp. Information
on the transmission and other engine specs is not available as
of this writing.

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Price and release date

There is no information about the SUV’s price. However, the
automaker said they are a targeting a fall debut date. We
believe that this means in November during the Los Angeles Auto
show.

Sales will commence shortly after its debut in early 2017. We
believe more information will suffice close to the debut date.
We hope to catch up with the model during testing or get its
leaked photos. Therefore, keep checking this page for more
information on the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. One thing is sure
though, don’t expect it to come cheap.

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Competition

When it hits the streets, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will go
head to head with BMW X3 and
Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Update:

The final version, which will be available on the market
appeared at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2016. The full review you
can read here.