The first Alfa Romeo crossover already has a date to debut. It will be on November 15, 2016, when the Los Angeles Auto Show will open its gates to the press. And there is no better auto show for the presentation than that. LA is crazy for cars and especially for crossovers. If the Stelvio manages to be a hit there, chances are it is going to sell well in all other markets.
We have already revealed mathematical models of the Stelvio back in June. Even if they help us have a glimpse of what the car will be like, we are still anxious to the Alfa that aims to pay the bills. Just like the Cayenne did with Porsche. The only people mover that could put these things together would be a Giulia Sportwagon, such as the one imagined by Alessandro Masera, but there is no sign of a station wagon so far.
The first version of the Stelvio to appear will probably present the most powerful engine offered by the Giulia, the 2.9 V6 with 2 turbochargers that delivers 375 kW and 600 Nm. In the Giulia, it comes exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and reaches a top speed of 307 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 s. In the Stelvio, which may not receive the Quadrifoglio badge, total power may be reduced in a trade for higher torque.
Built over the Giorgio platform, the same one used by the Giulia, the Stelvio will be a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle. It will very likely also offer the other engines the sedan presents: a 2.2 MultiJet II turbodiesel unit or a 2.0 all aluminum turbocharged petrol engine.
The former delivers up to 132 kW at 3,750 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,750 rpm. It comes with a 8-speed ZF automatic transmission as standard and a 6-speed manual transmission as an option in the Giulia. The latter produces 147 kW at 5,000 rpm and 330 Nm at 1,750 rpm. It is sold only with the 8-speed automatic gearbox in Europe, but we believe it may offer the manual gearbox in the USA. Soon we will get to know more about the Stelvio. We just hope it helps Alfa Romeo get back in shape.