For whatever reason, Alfa Romeo decided to not bring the entry-level Alfa Romeo Stelvio to the Los Angeles Auto Show and only showed the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio Verde. We we’re assuming we’d first see the base model Stelvio at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, however it has instead made a quiet debut on an Italian news broadcast.
As Italy’s OmniAuto.it reports, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appeared on a broadcast during Renzi’s recent visit to FCA’s Cassino plant next to an entry-level Stelvio variant. Renzi visited the plant, which builds the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Stelvio and Giulietta, to announce FCA would add 2,000 new jobs there over the course of the next two years.
The entry-level Stelvio appears less sporty than the QV, trading in the agressive accents of the 505 horsepower performance model for smoothed over bumpers, chrome trim, a non-vented hood and smaller wheels with all-season tires. In the U.S. the base Stelvio and the STelvio Ti will be powered by Alfa’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which delivers 280) and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will be standard.