The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio CUV will debut this week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show – joining the 4C sportscar and Giulia sedan in the automaker’s North American product portfolio. Here’s everything we know about the yet-to-be unveiled Alfa ahead of this week’s reveal.
The Trim Levels
It’s not clear yet how Alfa will structure the Stelvio’s trim levels, but we know a range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde version will arrive. Like the Giulia QV, the Stelvio QV will be a high-performance variant with sporty looks, a high-power engine and track-inspired interior equipment.
The Giulia trim line in the U.S. consists of the entry-level ‘Giulia’, the sportier ‘Giulia Ti’ and the aforementioned QV. We expect the Stelvio’s lineup to carry a very similar structure however due to its wide consumer appeal, it seems possible Alfa could offer up more than three trim levels.
It’s safe to say the Stelvio QV will feature the same powertrain as the Giulia QV: a 505 horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Giulia QV is rear-wheel drive only, however AWD should be standard on the Stelvio and standard versions as well.
The Giulia’s 276 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will probably serve as the Stelvios most popular engine choice. The sedan is offered with a 2.2-liter diesel in Europe, but seeing is the U.S. spec has no oil-burning option, the U.S. Stelvio probably won’t either.
The Stelvio’s styling is a badly kept secret. In an official Alfa Romeo video shot at its Cassino plant in Italy, a Stelvio snuck by in the background on the production line, revealing its styling to the world well ahead of its schedule debut.
If the leak weren’t enough to point to the Stelvio’s styling, multiple spy photos have also been shot of the new crossover. Pre-production prototypes appear rather svelte with smooth, uncluttered lines – just like the Giulia. The Maserati Levante and Stelvio appear to have similar if not identical silhouettes.
Check back to Fiat Chrysler Authority for the more information on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio following its debut Wednesday morning.