Alfa Romeo's new Stelvio crossover won't arrive in the United States for a few more months, but Europeans are getting the jump on us with a First Edition version that's open for ordering right now. Although we won't get the First Edition in America, this model marks the first time we've seen the Stelvio in its standard form, as Alfa only revealed the high-performance Quadrifoglio model upon its debut last fall.
Shorn of the QV model's body kit, aggressive wheels and tires, and quad exhaust tips, the standard Stelvio presents a cleaner, uncluttered profile that's attractive to our eye-dare we say that its overall proportions may be even better-looking than those of the Giulia sedan? The First Edition model wears 20-inch wheels, colored brake calipers, and some extra chrome, while its interior equipment includes paddle shifters, heated front seats, wood trim, and an 8.8-inch central display screen with navigation. Like the Giulia sedan on which it's based, the Stelvio's base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; in the U.S., this engine's 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque will be routed through all four wheels as standard, with the only transmission choice being an eight-speed automatic.
The Stelvio First Edition is only for Europe and a few other non-U.S. markets, so we won't see this exact model in American showrooms. But Alfa Romeo does say that the Stelvio is set to arrive in U.S. dealerships during the second quarter of this year, and that it will be offered in base and Ti trims with the same 2.0-liter turbo four, along with the fire-breathing Quadrifoglio that uses the same 505-hp, 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 as the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Text Source: Car and Driver