Alfa Romeo is preparing to launch its third new model to arrive in North America, the Stelvio crossover, at next month’s 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The CUV is an integral part of the Alfa’s revival and will be the first in a string of new crossovers and SUVs from the Italian automaker.
The Stelvio’s debut is still a month out, but we actually know a considerable amount about the new CUV. Fiat Chrysler has already confirmed its name and launch date, and we also know it will share Alfa’s new Giorgio platform with the Giulia sedan. FCA has also green-lit a high-performance Quadrifoglio Verde variant with the Giulia QV’s 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin turbocharged V6 under the hood.
Thanks to a minor slip-up by a video editor at FCA, we also know what the Stelvio will look like. The yet-to-be-launched CUV passed by in the background during a promotional video for FCA’s Cassino plant in Italy, prompting FCA to promptly pull the video from its YouTube channel. Spy shots of the crossover also leave little to the imagination in regards to the CUV’s styling.
Non-QV versions will most likely powered by the same 276 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Giulia. The Giulia’s 2.2-liter diesel, which is offered in a variety of power outputs ranging from 134 horsepower to 207, may also make its way into the North American spec SUV in some form. FCA’s eight-speed automatic transmission, developed in part with ZF, will serve as the only gearbox option. All-wheel drive will be standard on all versions.
Even in basic non-QV form, the Stelvio will be one of the most focused crossovers on sale when it debuts next month. In May, Giorgio platform engineer Philippe Krief said Alfa benchmarked rivals like the Porsche Macan when developing the Stelvio, adding that it would “be the sportiest (crossover) in its class.”