A new crossover is about to hit the US market, but this one promises a different persona: the Stelvio. And we now finally know there will be three distinct trims offered here for 2018: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection. Just because it’s small doesn’t meant it hasn’t been dialed up, because Alfa Romeo says it whips out 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. The block and head are made of aluminum, while the driveshaft is carbon fiber. Mated to the engine is an eight-speed automatic. Q4 all-wheel drive, which can send up to 60 percent of engine torque to the front axle, is standard for all models.
A few other niceties included on the base are 18-inch aluminum wheels, with 19- and 20-inch wheels available. You also get a backup camera, leather upholstery, passive entry and keyless start, remote ignition, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and more.
The Ti builds on all that with 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, heated seats/steering wheel, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. You can get a Sport Package or Lusso Package for more luxuries and technologies.
Finally, the Quadrifoglio uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 with direct injection, rated at 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. Careful with this one, because Alfa Romeo says it does 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds, plus hits 177 mph. Plenty of other performance-oriented features are standard, like Brembo brakes and an adjustable suspension.