Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV Unveiled

The covers have finally come off the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first ever SUV from the Italian sports car brand.

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Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Stelvio SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Stelvio, which is named after a famous Italian mountain pass road and is the first ever SUV to bear the Alfa Romeo badge.

The new Stelvio SUV was showcased its top of the line Quadrifoglio spec which uses a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine that cranks out 503bhp and 601Nm of torque.

The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox capable of making shifts in 150 milliseconds in Race mode which sends the SUV sprinting to 60m/h (96.5km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.

The power is sent to all four wheels through Alfa Romeo's Q4 system which sends all the torque to the rear wheels in normal driving conditions.

Alfa Romeo have used two clutches on the rear diff which allows for torque vectoring, a first for the brand.

The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio is 4,680mm long, 2,160mm wide and 1,650mm tall and Alfa claims that the new SUV has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Design wise, the new Stelvio looks like a Giulia on stilts, which isn't a bad thing at all. Up front, it gets Alfa's trademark wedge shaped grille which is flanked by angular headlamps with LED DRLs.

At the rear, the angular tail lamps are present along with a roof mounted spoiler and four exhaust pipes (two on either side of the bumper).

Inside, the new Stelvio gets a 8.8-inch infotainment display (6.5-inch in the lower end variants) along with wood trim on the US-spec Ti trim level. 

The seats are done up in leather in all variants with the Quadrifoglio getting carbon fibre seats with leather and alcantara trim.

Between the dials behind the steering wheel sits a 7-inch display that displays data regarding the car to the driver.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will go on sale in Europe in 2017.

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 23:29 [IST]
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