The all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has luxury compact crossover SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and the Porsche Macan in its sights. Thanks to a starting price of $42,990, the Stelvio is set for a clean shot, too, as the Italian stallion costs just $1140 more than the least expensive Q5 and a whopping $5560 less than the bottom-of-the-barrel Macan. In its least expensive form, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes standard with 18-inch wheels, leather seating surfaces, a proximity key with remote start, a power-opening rear liftgate, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen. An available $1800 Sport package brings 19-inch wheels, steering-column-mounted paddle shifters, aluminum interior accents, aluminum throttle and brake pedals, black exterior accents, and more. The option isn?t devoid of meat, though, as Alfa Romeo notes that Stelvios equipped with the Sport package also feature a specially tuned suspension setup.
Those seeking even more features will want to move up to the $44,990 Stelvio Ti. It comes standard with 19-inch wheels, wood interior trim, a bigger 8.8-inch infotainment screen, heated seats and steering wheel, and a front parking sensor. For $2500 more, Ti buyers can append either the Sport package or Lusso package of options. The former package ups the wheels and tires to 20 inches, adds more aggressive seats up front, places a meaty pair of paddle shifters on the steering column, subs in aluminum throttle and brake pedals, douses the exterior window trim and roof racks in black, and brings a more dynamic suspension setup to the table. Meanwhile, the Lusso package brings a set of comfortable 12-way power seats with four-way lumbar support to the front of the cabin, wraps the dash and upper-door panels in leather, and offers additional wood trim choices.
Both the Stelvio and the Stelvio Ti go on sale this summer. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Those seeking more oomph will want to ante up to the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio with its 505-hp twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6. Unfortunately, pricing for the Quadrifoglio remains under wraps; however, if the Giulia is anything to go by, then expect the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to add as much as $34,000 to the base Stelvio?s MSRP. In other words, we?re estimating that the high-horsepower Stelvio Quadrifoglio will cost around $77,000.
Text Source: Car and Driver