Details of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Italian marque’s first SUV, have been released including the UK price, engine outputs, 0-62mph and trim levels.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio first debuted in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and now we know a lot of the useful stuff. Well, except for how well it drives. Prices will start from £33,990, which is £4,115 more than the entry-level Giulia saloon.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: The engines
A choice of two engines makes the purchase decision a little easier. You have a 2.2-litre diesel with 210hp and a 2.0-litre with 280hp, the latter found in the Giulia Veloce, which sits below the utterly brilliant (but also flawed) Quadrifoglio.
Though the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is nowhere to be seen, the 280hp output provides its own tasty 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a 143mph to speed. Fuel economy and CO2, meanwhile, are 40.4mpg (claimed) and 161g/km, respectively.
The diesel lowers the CO2 figure to 127g/km and increases the fuel economy to 58.9mpg combined. Frugality comes at the expense of performance, with 0-62mph taking 6.6 seconds and the top speed a less impressive (but still overkill) 134mph.
Come September, 2017, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will also be available with the same 2.2-litre diesel tuned to 180hp if you care more about polar bears than pace.
All engines are available in rear-wheel or Q4 all-wheel drive, which is said to only add an extra 56kg of weight for a total of 1,604kg for the diesel and 1,660kg for the 280hp 2.0-litre petrol.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: What about safety?
Safety is another positive of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, thanks to a recent five-star Euro NCAP rating comprised a 97 per cent score for adult occupants. Autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure warning are all standard.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: What about the trim levels?
Four trim levels are offered, the lowest of which is actually nameless. Your money gets you 17-inch 10-spoke alloys, dual-zone climate control, LED rear lights, eight-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, 3.5-inch TFT display and a multi-function leather steering wheel.
Above that is the Stelvio Super, which features 18-inch five-spoke alloys, 8.8-inch infotainment system with 3D navigation, front parking sensors, two-tone leather dashboard and a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster.
Next in the food chain is the Stelvio Speciale, which has 19-inch 10-spoke alloys with red brake calipers, chrome window surround, Bi-Xenon headlights, power folding door mirrors, heated front leather seats with six-way adjustment, aluminium shift paddles and other aluminium bits.
A launch edition, known as the Stelvio Milano Edizione, completes the line-up. Besides the Speciale equipment, it gets 20-inch V-spoke alloys, keyless entry, electrically adjustable heated front seats, athermic windscreen, privacy glass with black gloss window surround and a rear-view camera.
More specific pricing is yet to be announced, but the £33,990 entry-level offering provides a good enough ballpark figure to know the Alfa Romeo will be competitive.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: How well does it handle?
Alfa Romeo took us up Goodwood Hill in the new Stelvio with the 280hp engine and first impressions of its cornering abilities are positive. It lacks the agility of the Giulia for reasons of physics, but it was fast enough to impress with driver Ed Morris at the wheel.
We shall hopefully be spending more time in the Stelvio as we head towards September so stick around. You can always kill some time reading about the Giulia Quadrifoglio.