The long-awaited 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV revealed its gorgeous sheetmetal during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and aims to put Alfa on the map, maybe even turn it into a household name. The Italian marquee hasn’t made much headway beyond the enthusiast market since its relaunch with the 4C here in America, but the Stelvio, if things go well, could change that. The Motrolix staff has some thoughts on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and they are as follows:
The fact the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio was going to be a looker was a given. The fact it has bonkers performance specifications was not. The Stelvio is an essential product for Alfa Romeo and, understandably, there’s a lot riding on the success of it. It’s a good thing it has gorgeous looks, cargo capacity and performance specs no competitor should scoff at. I think the Stelvio has a very good chance at carving a niche only Porsche has been capable of doing thus far in the performance crossover game.
So many conflicting feelings. Here is a tremendously potent, quick vehicle with sharp looks and actual, useable storage space… wearing a badge that few if any ever wanted to see diluted with something so pedestrian as a crossover. Alfas, almost by definition, are supposed to be stupidly impractical things, right? Yet here is the Stelvio – a spacious, well-put-together family-hauler that, yes, will also likely make short work of the Nürburgring. This is a much more “adult” Alfa Romeo than I ever expected to see. It’s going to take some getting used to.
Alfa Romeo has taken it upon themselves to raise the bar for performance SUVs, as the Stelvio aims to out-power and out-maneuver every vehicle in its class. Matching the capabilities are its looks, and one of the best-feeling steering wheels of any SUV. But it’s not all for fun – a lot rests on the Stelvio being a success globally as well as the US market. If the Stelvio (and/or Giulia) can’t catch on, chances are we can kiss Alfa’s comeback goodbye.
– Manoli Katakis
It’s easy to say an Alfa Romeo SUV is sacrilege, but that’s simply not the case with the Stelvio. The styling represents everything an Alfa Romeo enthusiast has come to expect from the brand and according to Alfa, it’ll be the most dynamically capable crossover of all time. It’s a bit unfortunate nearly every brand is forced to churn out a crossover these days, but Alfa’s done it right. Besides, let’s be real. In Quadrifoglio form, the Stelvio is really just a 505 horsepower all-wheel drive Alfa Romeo hatchback. There’s nothing not to like here.