The Stelvio, which Drive says will debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show, is looking to be the sportiest crossover in its class. The model will do battle with other premium mid-size crossovers such as the aforementioned Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
Philippe Krief, chief engineer of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia and eventually the Stelvio, told Drive every new Alfa will aim to be the sportiest, most performance-oriented model in its class.
“The (Stelvio) will be the most sportiest in its class, every (Alfa Romeo) has to be like this,” Krief said at the recent media launch of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan.
Like the Giulia, the high performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio Verde is expected to debut first, with the four-cylinder variant arriving sometime next year. The QV will be powered by Alfa’s Ferrari-derived, 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which will likely be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Stelvio will be available with rear- or all-wheel drive, however the QV is said to be RWD only.
More information in regards to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV should become available as its late-2016 debut date nears.