Earlier this year Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the name of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover and also said the model would enter production in late 2016 before going on sale sometime in 2017. It seems the automaker is right on track with the launch of the much-needed crossover, with the Italian-Canadian telling Reuters trial production has already begun.
The Stelvio will ride on the Giorgio rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Giulia compact sedan and like the sedan will also be offered with the automaker’s Q4 all-wheel drive system. The same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Giulia may appear under the hood of the crossover, along with the 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 for the high-performance QV variant.
In addition to Stelvio production, Marchionne also revealed a third new Alfa Romeo model will arrive by the end of 2017. It’s not clear what this mystery model may be, however the automaker recently registered the ‘Kamal’ trademark in Europe – a name that was last used on a concept Alfa crossover in 2003.